Unitarian Universalists work to bend the moral arc of the universe toward justice. Since UU minister Theodore Parker, a 19th century abolitionist, first spoke these oft-quoted words, UU’s have shown great courage and taken huge personal risks in order to “transform society according to the principles of justice, compassion, and love.”

At USNH, following this tradition, many express their faith through social justice work. We speak out against racism, tutor children, feed the hungry, stand-up for immigrant rights, support refugees, advocate to prevent gun violence and more.

Respecting Diversity

  • ANTI-RACISM

    Deepening congregants’ understanding of white privilege and systemic racism, and working with community groups to create racial justice.  antiracism@usnh.org

  • IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEE

    Providing practical support to refugees and immigrants through Junta and IRIS, and working with state and local advocacy groups.  irtf@usnh.org

  • MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS 

    Creating a supportive environment for individuals with mental illness, their loved ones, and friends through ongoing support groups and education.  mentalhealth@usnh.org
    April 7 workshop

Children and Youth

  • KIDS’ SERVICE TEAM

    “Having fun while doing good!”  Folks six and older learn to live UU values by making Thanksgiving pies for the hungry, preparing refugees’ homes … Join us.  KST@usnh.org

  • WAVERLY / USNH PARTNERSHIP

    Pre-school reading experiences, school-aged tutoring, and fun activities in partnership with teens and adults at Waverly Townhouses in New Haven. Volunteers very welcome.  waverly@usnh.org
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  • EAST ROCK SCHOOL MENTORS

    Mentoring of New Haven’s East Rock School students by congregants, and providing opportunities for mentors to share support and experiences with one another.  ERmentors@usnh.org

Hunger and Homelessness

  • HEART

    Columbus House Dinners

    Donating prepared food and serving dinner to residents of Columbus House, a shelter for the homeless. Please contribute your food or time.  heart@usnh.org

    Abraham’s Tent

    Providing meals and companionship for twelve homeless individuals sheltered at USNH one week each winter. All are welcome to participate.  heart@usnh.org

  • FOOD BANK

    Collecting non-perishable food items for members and friends of USNH. Remaining food is donated to Hamden’s Keefe Center food pantry.   foodbank@usnh.org

Peace and Well-being

  • PEACE

    Raising awareness of the impact of U.S. militarism, the international arms trade, the disproportionate military budget, and the plight of people living in the West Bank.  peace@usnh.org

  • PREVENTING GUN VIOLENCE

    Addressing the gun violence epidemic by sharing information on gun violence prevention initiatives, and encouraging members to connect with like-minded gun violence prevention groups.  nogunviolence@usnh.org

  • ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

    Reducing the environmental impact of the congregation through sustainable use of the building, providing opportunities for congregants’ to reuse belongings, and through education and advocacy.  greensanctuary@usnh.org

  • HEALTH CARE REFORM

    Educating and lobbying for a health care system in Connecticut that covers everyone, eliminates health disparities, is affordable and sustainable, and is portable job-to-job.  healthcare@usnh.org

Partnerships: UU and Interfaith

  • UUSC Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

    Partnering with grassroots organizations to support workers’ rights, advance the human right to water, defend civil liberties, and care for those affected by humanitarian crises.  uusc@usnh.org

  • UU-UNO Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office

    Working within the United Nations to bring U.U. values to U.N. proceedings. Through the UU-UNO, Unitarian Universalists have a non-governmental organization seat in the UN.  uu-uno@usnh.org