From Pam Smith Mentz & Dave Mentz, UUC and UUSC Members
One of the most fulfilling and rewarding parts of our lives as UU’s has been our connection with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). UUSC addresses critical systemic issues in a highly effective way, and we are proud supporters of this human rights and social justice change-making effort.
As we think of UUSC, a few points come to mind:
- UUSC’s programs are based on principles of Unitarian Universalism and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
- UUSC was founded in 1940 when Martha and Waitstill Sharp traveled to Eastern Europe just at the start of WW II to help liberate those who were being persecuted by the Nazis. This ground-breaking effort remains a cornerstone for UUSC 80 years later.
- UUSC works with over 40 grassroots partners in 20 countries — currently in Asia South Pacific, Central America, Europe and the U.S.
- UUSC seeks to address the needs of those often ignored or overlooked and to go where the larger aid agencies do not. UUSC typically works with organizations that are run by and for women.
- Important to us in our choice of efforts to support are two questions: Is the organization working on the right things? And is the organization doing this in a highly effective and efficient way? UUSC excels in both dimensions.
We view our support of UUSC as an incredibly valuable part of our lives as Unitarian Universalists, and one important way for us to live into our UU values. UUSC creates a platform for all of us to respond and to live into a question Martha Sharp posed to her grandchildren: “What are you going to do that is important with your life?”