Social Justice

The pursuit of social justice has always been core to the Unitarian way. The vision of the Kingdom of God, a global commonwealth of peace, justice and plenty for all, has always been important for Unitarians. It has inspired social and political involvement across a range of concerns. These concerns include:

Religious freedom – British Unitarians were amongst the founders of the first global interfaith organisation over one hundred years ago; what is now the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF).

Penal Affairs – an active campaigning group draws together Unitarians with an interest in prison issues.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender – Unitarians have a proud record of leading the way in promoting the rights of LGBT people including supporting same-sex marriage.

Human Rights – Unitarians have given support to many of the campaigns of Amnesty International reflecting a belief in the inherent worth of every individual.

 

The General Assembly has agreed a number of Resolutions on faith and public issues at its Annual Unitarian Meetings and these are available in a publication drawing upon various themes.

 

Specific Projects

There are many locally-based social justice activities being undertaken by Unitarians, many in conjunction with other groups.

However, worth noting are a few specific projects:

Send a Child to Hucklow (SACH) - A fund which arranges and administers holidays at the Nightingale Centre, Great Hucklow, Derbyshire in the United Kingdom for groups of disadvantaged children, having no regard to religious, political, racial and other considerations.

SimpleGifts: Unitarian Centre for Social Action - Based in East London, a group engaged in community programmes.