Shared Plate – Monthly Social Action Focus
Each Sunday, a portion of the non-pledge plate collected during our service is donated to a cause or group (both local and national/international) chosen by the members of the Social Action Committee. This is a way for the entire congregation to directly participate in the justice work of the UUCLV.
Recipients of the Shared Plate include many of the organizations listed below.
UU Social Justice and Peace – Alliance with PA, National and International UU’s
The Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network (UUPLAN)
The UUPLAN is our state advocacy group that works to support our UU values in Pennsylvania state policies and legislation. Click HERE for more on the UUPLAN. Consider signing up for the UUPLAN monthly e-newsletter, becoming a member, and joining one of the justice teams.
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)
The UUSC is our national advocacy organization. It advances human right and social justice in the United States and around the world, partnering with those who confront unjust power structures and mobilizing to challenge oppressive policies. Click HERE for more on the UUSC.
The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO)
The UU-UNO is engaged in international advocacy work at the United Nations based on Unitarian Universalist values. Click HERE for more on the UU-UNO.
Lehigh Valley Peace, Social Justice & Community Building Efforts
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
Located in Allentown, the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center creates a vibrant LGBT community in the Lehigh Valley through exciting LGBT arts & culture programs, leading-edge LGBT health programs, daily LGBT youth programs, critical supportive services and an informative Training Institute. Find out more HERE.
CeaseFirePA is a statewide organization working with mayors, police chiefs, faith leaders, community organizations, and individual Pennsylvanians to take a stand against gun violence. Through outreach, education, coalition building, and advocacy, they work to reduce gun violence and gun tragedies in our communities, stop the flow of illegal guns onto our streets, and keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them. Find out more HERE.
Community Bike Works
Community Bike Works provides youth living in at-risk situations with meaningful work-ethic alternatives. They use bicycles, peer role models and adult mentors to develop and nurture relationships and to engage youth and, once engaged, influence their behavior and their outlook about school and life. Find out more HERE.
Lehigh Conference of Churches (LCC)
Lehigh Conference of Churches addresses food and nutrition, housing, mental and physical health barriers which prevent LV citizens from succeeding. The mission of the LCC is to unite communities of faith as ecumenical partners. Putting our faith info action, we minister to and advocate for those in need and encourage all to reach their full potential. Find out more HERE.
Lehigh-Pocono Committee of Concern (LEPOCO)
The Lehigh-Pocono Committee of Concern (LEPOCO) is a non-profit citizens group that brings residents together to work on a range of problems that threaten peace and our planet. Find out more HERE.
Nazareth to Bethlehem Peace Pilgrimage
For more than 50 years, peace-seeking people have been gathering in Nazareth in December to walk the 10 miles to Bethlehem, PA. This pilgrimage, symbolic of the journey of Mary and Joseph, emphasizes the heart of what Christmas really means. Walk with your family, friends, and others who seek a more peaceful world. Frequent rest stops and relief transportation are available. Find out more HERE.
Nurture Nature Center
Nurture Nature Center uses science, art and dialogue to help communities address local environmental risks. Through a diverse set of programs engaging adults, families and organizations, they are helping communities to understand the science, policy and cultural implications of issues including flooding and food access, and ways they can prepare and make positive changes for the future. Find out more HERE.
Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light
Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light is a community of congregations, faith-based organizations, and individuals of faith responding to climate change as an ethical and moral issue, through advocacy, education, energy conservation, energy efficiency, stewardship, and the use and promotion of clean, renewable energy. Find out more HERE.
Pride In The Park Lehigh Valley
Pride of the Greater Lehigh Valley has been organizing the Pride Fest since 1993. What began as a small community festival has evolved into the dynamic, arts and culture celebration of today. The event includes vendors, merchants, artisans, business service, and community groups, games and live entertainment. The UUCLV supports Pridefest, marching in the opening parade and having a booth at the festival. Find out more HERE.
Second Harvest Food Bank
We encourage people of the Lehigh Valley to help those in need of food by contributing money to the Second Harvest. It is the most effective way to support this great organization. Find out more HERE.
Silent Witness Peacekeepers
Silent Witness PA (SWPA) is an organization of gay and straight allies dedicated to providing a non-confrontational buffer between those who condemn others based on their sexual orientation or identity and those they condemn. The UUCLV has members trained by Silent Witness PA and has held Silent Witness training in our church. Find out more HERE.
St. Andrews Food Pantry
Our church volunteers in a food pantry program with three other churches in distributing food for families whose income is under the federal poverty level.
Trinity Episcopal Soup Kitchen
Trinity Episcopal is our neighbor on Market Street. They have a weekday soup kitchen from noon to 1:00 PM which we support each year through our “shared-plate offering.” Find out more HERE.
Turning Point Lehigh Valley
Turning Point is a safe place where victims of abuse and their children can find refuge. They provide services in Lehigh and Northampton counties and reach nearly 4,000 people a year through our programs and services. Those include: a 24-hour Helpline, Safe House, Counseling, Support Groups, Court Advocacy, Community Outreach, Prevention Education, and Medical Advocacy. Find out more HERE.
Women’s Center Escorts
Several mornings each week, members of the UUCLV provide escorts for women with appointments at the Allentown Women’s Center. These women are accosted by fervent radicals opposed to all forms of birth control and women’s reproductive issues.
YWCA of Bethlehem
YWCA of Bethlehem is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all through their many programs. Find out more HERE.
Peace and Social Justice Organizations
American Civil Liberties Union
Founded in 1920, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is the nation’s foremost guardian of liberty. The ACLU is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to defending and protecting individual rights and personal freedoms by organizing educational outreach. The Lehigh Valley chapter meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month. Find out more HERE.
Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders helps people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care. Find our more HERE.
Global Mamas is a fair trade community of African women in Ghana who create and sell their clothes and soap to the world at large so their families can thrive and prosper. Each year the Social Action Committee holds a sale to benefit Global Mamas.
Planned Parenthood is one of the nation’s leading providers of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, and the nation’s largest provider of sex education. They offer quality health care, backed by medical experts and over 100 years of research in reproductive care. Find out more HERE.
Repairers of the Breach
The Repairers of the Breach is a nonpartisan and ecumenical organization that emerged from the Dr. Reverend William Barber’s Moral Monday Movement that began in NC in 2013. Repairers of the Breach seeks to gather people of all faith traditions to rekindle a prophetic moral vision for justice, social change and movement building. Find out more HERE.
Sandy Hook Promise
Sandy Hook Promise is a national non-profit organization founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Their mission is to build a national movement of parents, schools and community organizations engaged and empowered to deliver gun violence prevention programs and mobilize for the passage of sensible state and national policy. Find out more HERE
Southern Poverty Law Center
Southern Poverty Law Center monitors hate groups and other extremists throughout the U.S. and exposes their activities to law enforcement agencies, the media and the public. Find out more HERE.