Walking the Talk.
Background 2006 – present day.
PSJ (Peace and Social Justice) action has long been a part of Unitarianism in Auckland. A small active group of members decided that they wanted to do more than talk about issues, they felt they needed to walk that talk. To do this, they decided to start building a special Peace and Social Justice Fund, and from 2006 onwards regular pledging by these members began. The aim has been to focus efforts where the PSJ group felt they could make a real difference.
Ways we put our principles into action in the wider world.
In 2010, there were sufficient funds to support a Cambodian Food Technology Laboratory Upgrade project in Phnom Penh.
Since then, the major project supported by PSJ members with both on-the-ground and financial support, is the Samoan Dyslexia Aid Pilot Project.
Funds have also been sent to help build a Girls’ School Dormitory at Dumaguette Philippines, a project initiated by the UU churches in the Philippines and Brisbane and supported by the UUA and other Australian UU churches.
Standing on the Side of Love was the way our church supported marriage equality, and the Auckland Unitarian Church held the first legal same sex marriage in New Zealand in 2013.
More recently, in 2015, Living Wage Aotearoa New Zealand has been supported by the congregation. Fundraising to assist this movement, included a High Tea in September 2015.
Other ongoing projects include Jammies in June, providing pyjamas and other warm winter clothing donated by church members to South Auckland families;
and regular food and clothing collection for the Auckland City Mission.
An Adult religious education evening on Understanding Islam was led by Rev. Clay Nelson during the winter months of 2015.