This congregation shares in the longstanding Unitarian Universalist tradition of active involvement in issues of social justice as an integral expression of religious life. Many members work individually, and the congregation works collectively, on social justice issues with an emphasis this year on immigration, environment & climate, and food justice.
Mission: To foster a more just, equitable, and sustainable world through advocacy, education, support and service in collaboration with the wider community.
Vision: We envision a sustainable and loving world in which all live equally with justice, dignity and compassion.
Local Earth Day Events
The Jaffrey Climate Initiative is celebrating Earth Day with a series of events including the Trex Challenge, which is a way to recycle your plastic bags and plastic film.
Trex recycles plastics into durable materials for decking and railing. Residents may drop plastic bags and film in specially marked bins in town or Jaffrey residents may bring them to the Town Recycling Center. The collection will continue for six months with the twin goals of keeping plastics from litter and waste stream and collecting 500 pounds for a free bench from Trex for Conant High School/Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School. For more information, including the many types of plastic accepted, go to Jaffrey Climate Initiative on Facebook or Trex.com/recycling.
Starting April 7, Tribeca Film Festival 2020 selection “Kiss the Ground” will be available for streaming, as the first in the Earth Day Jaffrey 2021 series of events for the month of April. Sign up for The FREE Online Stream At JaffreyClimate@gmail.com. Note that on Sunday May 9 at 3 p.m., the PUUC Social Justice Committee will hold a showing of this movie at the Peterborough Community Theatre, free of charge, with donations accepted. PUUC friends and members are also invited to borrow a DVD of the movie. Contact Chase Roeper for details.
On Thursday, April 15, The Park Theatre will host a special Earth Day program on Monadnock Tonight! featuring Department of Public Works Superintendent Todd Croteau speaking on the variety of measures taken by the department to reduce landfill and address other environmental challenges.
On Tuesday, April 20 at 7 p.m., there will be a presentation by Marc Morgan, former State Recycling Director and current Solid Waste Manager for the City of Lebanon. Morgan oversees operations, including food-scrap composting, in 23 towns. He will show how to compost, keeping large quantities of food waste out of landfills and turning it into high-quality soil. The talk will be featured in a livestream on Tuesday April 20, 7 p.m. To sign up, go to Jaffrey.recdesk.com and click on special events.
Please join us for the monthly meeting of the Social Justice Committee--the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Please email Anne Huberman email@example.com to request the link.
If you are interested in a particular area, PUUC Social Justice has three sub-committees: Immigration, Environment & Climate, and Food Justice. Please contact Joy Flemming if you are interested in taking part in any of these sub-committees.
When you donate to our monthly plate collection, it is matched through the Social Justice portion of the PUUC endowment. This year's recipients are:
October – End 68 Hours of Hunger
November – Two area transitional shelters: Shelter from the Storm/MATS
December - Amnesty International
Christmas Eve - Peterborough Food Pantry
January – UU Action Network NH
February – Community Meals to Go
March – Project Home
April - Touchstone Farm
May – Recipients of Walk for Hunger – Food Pantries of Peterborough, Antrim or Jaffrey
June – Citizens’ Climate Education
This month's plate donation goes to:
- This month's special collection will go to the Veteran's Program at Touchstone Farm, in Lyndborough, NH. The Farm partners with Home Base Foundation, Mass. General Hospital, and Harvard University to offer therapeutic equestrian activities to Veterans. They were honored by being a recipient of the Red Sox Foundation's Impact Awards in 2020. The program helps Veterans reconnect with themselves, their family, community and animals.
Please consider giving to Touchstone Farm by making a donation on our website or sending a check to the church (addresses in chat). Please be sure to put "Touchstone Farm" in the memo of your check. Contributions made through the church will be matched by the Service Fund of our Endowment, doubling your impact. Thank you for your generosity.