Economic Justice

Two of our Unitarian Universalist principles lead us to action in the area of economic justice.  We believe that every person has inherent worth and dignity and we believe in justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.  These values lead us to several of our congregation’s initiatives.

Taking Action

ROOM IN THE INN –  Four times a year, UUCA and Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church on Merrimon Avenue, provide a week of lodging and meals for about 10 to 15 homeless women. Grace Church provides lodging facilities and Grace Church and UUCA together provide evening meals (main dish, vegetable, salad, dessert), breakfasts, lunches, and volunteers to spend the night that week. Contact Paula Massey. You can also sign up in Sandburg Hall following Sunday services, prior to the event.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY – In support of affordable housing, UUCA annually joins the local Interfaith community and Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity to build an Interfaith house. Our congregation provides financial donations and volunteer “builders” to help realize a dream for an area family. No building experience is necessary! Contact Ian Fischer .

SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM THROUGH MANNA FOODBANK – This Summer program is designed to serve lunches five days a week to children up to the age of 18, who live in lower income neighborhoods. UUCA volunteers help each summer with this program, serving lunches at various venues and cooked by county services. Contact Judy Mattox

Purchasing Fair Trade Coffee and Chocolate

As people of faith, we need to live out our values through our consumer choices. The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) Coffee Project is a collaborative effort between Equal Exchange, the UUSC and UU congregations to involve more UUs in supporting small farmers around the world. Support of worker cooperatives is a good way to advance human rights. As a Fair Trade organization, Equal Exchange buys directly from small-scale farmer cooperatives, owned and run by the farmers themselves. Because the farmer partners are paid above market prices for their crops, they are able to make investments in community projects, educational programs, and technical training. These cooperative organizations also help keep rural communities healthy and strong, and keep local cultures vibrant. Equal Exchange is also committed to supporting sustainable farming methods that help green the earth through reforestation, natural resource conservation and organic practices. Contact Phil Roudebush .