We have also provided monetary and/or volunteer support to such economic, environmental, civil rights, and human rights organizations as Alabama Arise, Black Warrior Riverkeeper, Druid City Pride, the Friends of Hurricane Creek, Greater Birmingham Ministries, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Tuscaloosa Citizens Against Predatory Practices (T-CAPP), Tuscaloosa Economic Justice Coalition, and Work Together Alabama!.
We recognize that the terms “social justice” and “social action” reflect slightly different concepts. Both terms include social outreach activities. All of the actions of our team are aimed at relieving the suffering of people facing some form of burden. Saying that, social actions may not necessarily have justice ramifications. The charitable activities through which our church members regularly support a number of non-profit organizations provide much needed short-term assistance to vulnerable groups.
One way in which our congregation provides social action assistance to a number of local not-for-profit social service organizations is through our Split-the-Plate Partners program. Each month, our UUCT congregation donates one-half of the proceeds from our Sunday morning offerings to a different organization that would not oftentimes be eligible for funding through mainstream, traditional sources. In addition, our congregation participates in the Meals on Wheels program by sponsoring a team providing weekly deliveries of lunches to a route serving economically disadvantaged people in Tuscaloosa.
We fund our work through a Change 4 Change piggy bank known affectionately as Miss Piggy. She is located in the church entrance foyer. Proceeds from Miss Piggy have been used to fund expenses for UUCT members to travel to social justice events as well as to obtain supplies and equipment used at such events.
Our Mission Statement
“As UU’s standing on the side of peace and love, we seek to foster justice, equity, and empowerment for those in need.”