SOCIAL JUSTICE AT UCM

Our values are directly connected to our social justice work. We believe in the interconnectedness of all creation and the oneness of the holy and in the underlying principle of universal love.
We covenant to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of all people and respect for the interdependent web of all creation of which we are a part.

Our community has a long tradition of working for equality, inclusion, peace and justice.  Our aspiration is to transform of ourselves, our congregation, and the world around us into a place of greater compassion and justice.

As a member congregation of the Canadian Unitarian Council, we are committed to work with members of the indigenous community on Truth and Reconciliation.  We are on the path towards reconciliation and we are in the process of consciousness raising.    Check the calendar for Reconciliation events throughout the year.

In 2018, the congregation aims to become a Green Sanctuary.   This is a major project aims to assess and address our impact on the environment as a congregation and individuals.  UCM will engage with the broader community to bring about meaningful change to protect our beautiful earth.

Our Social Responsibility Committee meets regularly.  Check the calendar for the next meeting,

There are many ways that UCM acts for a better world.  Join in!

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Pathways Community Housing was founded by Solel Synagogue, Streetsville United Church, and the Unitarian Congregation of South Peel to address the need for affordable housing in Peel Region. Our mission is rooted in the conviction that of faith that all human beings deserve to have their fundamental needs met.

The mission of Pathway is: To provide decent and affordable housing that nurtures community and well being of people of no, low, or modest income. Members of the Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga remain involved as volunteers on the Board and in the Community programs at Pathways.
The exciting news from Pathways is that they are currently looking for new opportunities to build affordable housing in Peel. If you are interested in becoming involved in Pathways Housing, contact John Needham by emailing info@uucm.ca

Pathway Community Programs – Volunteers from the Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga provide breakfast club. Pathway Community Programs is a non-profit organization, which operates and oversees the Audrey Pritchard Breakfast Clubs at two locations in Mississauga, at Forest Ridge and Arbour Mill. They provide nutritious breakfasts and lunches-to-go to children and youth of low-income families. A part-time coordinator for each breakfast club is assisted by volunteers. Approximately 1600 breakfasts and lunches are served each month by these clubs.

To find out more about these great volunteer opportunities, contact Erica Lautenschlager by emailing info@uucm.ca

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Amnesty International Letter-Writing Campaigns at UCM

Our Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga has been sponsoring letter-writing campaigns every two months since 2015 based on Amnesty International Canada advocacy cases. We try to write our letters in a respectful tone, and choose cases where there is some hope the letter might have an impact.

In April 2019, our congregation sent over 35 letters to Prime Minister Trudeau urging the federal government to honour commitments to clean up the effects of mercury pollution on the Wabigoon and English rivers near Grassy Narrow First Nations reserve and provide health care services to adversely affected residents. We also addressed letters to the Supreme Ayatollah of Iran urging him to release Nasrin Sotoudeh from a 35 year/178 lash sentence for her advocacy of Iranian women’s rights.

In February 2019, we sent almost 40 letters to the  Mississauga Mayor and the Regional chairs of Peel and Halton advocating a ban on sales of single-use water bottles on municipal property, and we wrote to Provincial Environment Minister advocating the same ban for provincial parks and Ontario government properties. We will be doing another letter-writing in early June 2019 – please join in signing letters and petitions.

In 2018, our Amnesty committee sent letters on the following issues:

  • Letters to the government of Ukraine to provide better protection to LGBTI advocates, and letters to Iran to pardon Atena Daemi, jailed for protesting the extensive use of capital punishment. (Dec.)
  • Letters to the outgoing and incoming Mexican Presidents to investigate the disappearance of 43 teachers college students who opposed drug cartels. (Sept.)
  • Writing to Crown Prince Mohamed bin-Salman to release 3 women detained for advocating women’s right to drive and to be free from male guardianship laws. (June)
  • We wrote to the premier of Newfoundland advocating strong environmental hearings on the potential mercury pollution from the Muskrat Falls hydro project, and letters to the President of Colombia asking their government to give safe harbour to trans-border indigenous people (Yukpa Tribe) fleeing Venezuel (Apr.)
  • Letters urging an end to defacto slavery in Mauretania, with personal letters to jailed anti-slavery advocates, and letters to the Indonesian government to better protect the Ahmadiyya sect of Islam from looting and discrimination.. (Feb.)

In 2017, we wrote letters on the Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh, evictions of Sengwer tribespeople from their homeland in Kenya Forest parks, promoting better Serbian protection of single male Syrian refugees, advocating for an ombudsman to ensure Canadian Mining companies respect human rights and indigenous property rights in Central and South America, and Canadian aboriginal issues such as Jordan’s Principle guarantees for First Nations children’s access to hospital services, better funding for First Nations primary schools, and for our federal government to sign the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

There was a strong history of advocacy of Amnesty International cases at UCM and UCSP (Unitarian Congregation of South Peel) by our elder member Ken Noble for many years, and we were inspired by his example to continue in his footsteps.

If you would like to join our Amnesty Group to help organize letter-writing or online campaigns or petitions, please contact John Rowell at johnrowll99@gmail.com, or Kathy Stobie at jimpcc170@gmail.com

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On the third Sunday of each month, UCM takes up a collection for the Mississauga Foodbank.  We are a longtime supporter of the foodbank.  On occasion our children’s program volunteers in the warehouse.

The Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga has a long history of sponsoring refugee families to come to Canada.  Most recently we has assisted several families in Halton and Peel to come to Canada.

The Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga acknowledges that we are on the traditional lands of the Mississauga of the New Credit Nation.

We are walking with all who are on the journey towards truth, justice, healing and reconciliation between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples. We welcome the opportunity to learn from those who have been on this path a long time, as well as others who have joined it more recently. We believe we are part of a wider learning community.

Some of our past events include participating in the Kairos Blanket exercise,   and learning about the intergenerational impacts of colonialism from Darren Thomas ,  a member of the Seneca Nation and university professor.

There are a number of exciting programs on reconciliation.

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The Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UUA’s) involvement in the United Nations can be traced to the early part of the 20th century. Both the Unitarians and the Universalists were active in the League of Nations Association and later closely monitored the creation of the United Nations.  The founding of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) can be traced to April of 1962.

The Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga is a Blue Ribbon Congregation.

In order to be a Blue Ribbon congregation, we undertake the do the following things:

  1. Have an Envoy, Youth Envoy, or Envoy Team.Envoys serve as the link between their congregation, the UU-UNO, and the United Nations. They promote UU-UNO education and advocacy in their congregations and bring local concerns to the international stage through the UU-UNO.
  2. Hold an annual UN Sunday service.In celebration of the founding of the United Nations on October 24th, 1945, the UU-UNO invites congregations to deepen their understanding of the United Nations by devoting one service in October to highlighting the work of the UU-UNO and reaffirming the connections between UU principles and vital issues dealt with at the UN.
  3. Have 15 members or 5% of your congregation donate.The annual contribution rate is $50 ($40 for ministers and seniors).
  4. Give the UU-UNO an annual budget line or collection plate. The offering at our UN Sunday service is donated to the UU-UNO!

 

 

TESTIMONIALS

  • UCM is a diverse and multicultural community of individuals ‘who are guided by compassion, reason and love on an individual search for truth and meaning’. “we collaboratively try to make sense of the world around us”

    David Armani
  • For Marc, Unitarian Universalism aligned much more closely with his views on life than the Catholicism of his youth, and gave him a community of people with whom to struggle with how to act justly in the world.

    Marc Xuereb
  • I love the great variety of people and opinions that can be found at UCM. I love that it's a safe space to engage in dialogue about things you might steer away from other places...

    Kristen

 

We strive to foster healthy relationships amongst and within UU communities
with the broader world and with all life

COMING EVENTS

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Mississauga Climate Action Group

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UCM Festive Fair - Baking mornings

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UCM Festive Fair

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Sunday Service: UU-UNO Sunday

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Youth in the Barn

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UU Roots

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Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga

84 South Service Road
Mississauga, ON
L5G 2R9
905-278-5622
info@uucm.ca