Diane Narkunas Stewardship Reflection

Diane Narkunas

 

The Unitarian church in Charleston is a social justice leader in the Charleston community.  In accordance with our Unitarian principles, our congregation has committed to justice, equality, human rights and a sustainable environment. Social justice is the thread that runs through what we do and stand for as a congregation. It is our mission.
Our overwhelming commitment is demonstrated in our support of underserved populations in terms of time, talents and treasure.   Your generous pledges helps build a strong church with necessary resources and staff to carry out our advocacy, action and outreach efforts that support our community’s well being in numerous ways:

  • Gun Sense SC — supports legislation for background checks for all gun purchases.
  • Charleston Area Justice Ministry (CAJM) advocating for major justice initiatives in the Charleston area, with major leadership from our church and Rev. Danny since inception.
  • Gay Pride Parade and Emancipation Parade supporting human rights for all.
  • Green Sanctuary supporting efforts to sustain the environment through education and capital improvements.
  • Our RE program conducts activities that inform our children of the importance of compassion and helping others, i.e., Empty Bowls Project supporting One80 Place.
  • Coffee house concerts have provided funding for inner city school enrichment opportunities, such as Mitchell School.
  • Christmas Eve collections support for Children in Crisis Fund overseen by Charleston County School District.
  •  ‘We are Family,’ a LGBT teen program enjoyed donations from the Social Justice Endowment Fund interest.
  • Candlelight Concert proceeds support music students and programs at inner city schools.
  • The Alliance has made donations over the years to My Sister’s House.
  • The Community Outreach Giving Program, established in 2007, has collected over $70,000 from our members to support literacy groups, such as Begin with Books, Darkness to Light, Metanoia, Habitat for Humanity, Women Build, The Clemente Course, Barrier Island Free Clinic, Johns Island, Alston Wilkes and SC Strong.
  • Low Country Food Bank Back/Pack Buddies Volunteers Program.

Not only does our church support many social justice activities as an organization, but it energizes and empowers hundreds of committed members to engage in individual acts of social justice.
Social Justice is who we are; it’s what we do…. I’m proud to be a member of this committed congregation!  Please give generously so our church can continue its important social justice work.  Thank you.

If you have not received a pledge card, please stop by the Membership Table or the Church Office.