UU causes are supported by the UUFP members and friends to help make our world more just and sustainable in covenant with our UUA Principles
The UUFP Garden members help to provide food for those in need in the local Pottstown area through the Pottstown Cluster. Vegetables are grown in the garden on the grounds of UUFP and cared for by our UUFP members and friends. Click this link for the UUFP Garden to keep current with the latest gardening news!
Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities
UUFP members and friends donate food, household items and holiday gifts to the Pottstown Cluster (PCRC).
Most of the food donated from UUFP is grown in our UUFP garden and some is store bought. Family’s and individuals who qualify for Food Pantry assistance shop in the PCRC pantry. UUFP members and friends of UUFP also donate gifts-in-kind to bring resources to individuals and families in need of food security and housing stability. Basic household items are donated to individuals and families and holiday gifts are donated to offer families and individuals a means to celebrate the holidays.
Through interfaith cooperation, PCRC provides tangible services, support, and spiritual guidance to address the basic needs of local individuals and families.
Please see the cluster website for more information.
The Goal of World Community with Peace, Liberty, and Justice for All
What Does UUPlan Mean?
The title UUPlan literally means Unitarian Universalists of Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network, but in a practical way it means “putting our money [and time & effort] where our mouth is.” And if we consider what Emily Quarles-Mowrer shared one Sunday this November, it is a little like the difference between a creed and a covenant. A creed would be that we are against injustice and for democracy. A covenant is a shared promise—a shared promise with UUFP parishioners and with our townspeople, our county residents, all Pennsylvanians—that we will be fair to their democratic right to choose their representatives in free and fair elections…and we will fight for our right to disagree on issues of substance. This past election on November 5th, several UUs were elected to town offices in Pennsylvania: three (!) in Centre County, one in Collegeville and one to the Wyoming Valley school board. As UUPlan leader Richard Williams says, “This is no time for a casual faith.” If you decide running for public office would put your faith into action, please allow us to help you help us.
Township & Boro Fair Districts Resolutions
Trish R. recently introduced the Fair Districts PA plan to invite townships and borough councils to sign a resolution expressing their support for an independent redistricting commission. Over 325 municipalities & 21 county commissions around the state have already signed a resolution of support for an independent nonpartisan commission.
Community members participate in the time-honored democratic practice of asking their Board of Supervisors or Boro Council to place this issue on the agenda of their monthly meeting. Fair Districts PA will send representatives to the BoS or Council meeting and either give a presentation (if they have over 10 minutes) or make a statement (if asked to present in the pre-meeting space for community comment). Fair Districts PA will explain to the Board or Council the redistricting reform measures we propose, as well as present literature and a template resolution.
If the resolution is viewed favorably, FDPA will make sure local legislators are aware of the township/borough support. And you all will have made democracy an action word. Please contact Trish at email@example.com if you would like to be instrumental in this effort.
Chester County Pride Fest
Social Justice Committee and UUFP members and friends participate in this annual event to support the LGBTQ+ community ( LGBTQQIAAP: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, and asexual/ally, pansexual) individuals in all walks of life.
Unitarian Universalism has a proud history of supporting full equality for the LGBTQ+ community. UUFP completed a Welcoming Congregation program to increase understanding and inclusiveness, and extend their work beyond the congregational walls.
To learn more about our UUA values and the LGBTQ+ community rights click on the link.
UUFP supports the UUA and its initiatives on climate change and it’s affect on our planet. Visit the UUA’s website to learn more about how UU’s can support climate change initiatives.
Disaster Relief, Humanitarian Aid and Special Collections
UUFP supports the UUA in it’s service and disaster relief efforts. Please click this link to see more endeavors supported by UUFP for the UUA Service Committee.
The relief efforts and funds received allowed the UUA Service Committee to provide long-term recovery after a disaster — especially once many international organizations concluded their response and moved on.
UUFP has periodic special collections to support local humanitarian issues and to join in with the UUA Service Committee efforts.
UUFP thanks you for your thoughtful contributions as we live our UU principles to help others during their time of need.
How The UUA UUSC Responds To Humanitarian Crises
UUSC responds strategically to disaster situations where human rights are threatened, focusing on the rights of marginalized and oppressed people. We work with the understanding that disasters, be they wars or hurricanes, tend to hurt most those who are already marginalized in society.
In times of disaster, our members and supporters look to us to provide leadership and an effective relief response that reflects the values underlying universal human rights, such as the equality and dignity of all people.
Because local responders are usually the first and best responders after disaster, UUSC works in close partnership with like-minded local organizations already working on the ground. Their firsthand knowledge of their communities enhances their ability to assist and support people in crisis, particularly marginalized groups, such as minorities, who are often left behind by traditional relief efforts.
After large-scale disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina and the Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, UUSC and the Unitarian Universalist Association launch a joint appeal for humanitarian relief donations. Together, we have directed millions of dollars of relief aid toward disaster-affected communities in the United States and around the world.
For more information, consult the UUA web page of frequently asked questions about how UUSC responds to disasters and humanitarian crises.
UUSC is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.