Social Responsibility

  For many of us, the urge to make a positive difference in the world
begins with experiences of suffering and injustice.     

Changing The World

The Social Responsibilities Council (SRC) is First Unitarian Universalist Society’s social justice team; it was created to “guide and coordinate education and action in the realm of social issues of moral and ethical significance.”  In addition, SRC may issue statements of public support and endorsement so long as they are consistent with the positions of the Society and/or the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations.

SRC initiates and encourages activities that promote social justice; the congregation provides an annual budget to support these endeavors, as well as to provide support for justice-related undertakings in the wider community.  SRC can request, yearly, up to five give-away-the-plates for worthy causes; these are usually local organizations that have clearly demonstrated social justice work in the community.  SRC is also authorized to offer reduced or even free rental space for groups that might not be able to hold their event otherwise—these are carefully researched by SRC to make sure they fit our guidelines.

Currently, the Council consists of seven elected congregation members for a period of up to three years and may add annually an additional six congregation members.  Subgroups of SRC include the Green Sanctuary Committee, Sanctuary (see below), and the Peace Team.  All are welcomed to attend and participate in our monthly meetings.   For more information, contact: Jean Poppei, Chair:


We are a Sanctuary Congregation

Albany Unitarian Universalist celebrates Unitarian Universalism–a liberal, non-creedal faith tradition that is based on a free and responsible search for truth and meaning and the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Unitarian Universalists draw meaning from many faith traditions, embrace scientific reasoning, and express their beliefs through acts of social justice and compassion. For the second time in its history, Albany Unitarian Universalist has declared itself a Sanctuary congregation, repeating the action taken in 1984 in response to refugees fleeing violence in Central America. Albany Unitarian Universalist welcomes everyone.

Read our Sanctuary Resolution here.
Read the Covenant here.

Upcoming Social Action Opportunities

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