Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) and Guest at Your Table: 2020 December Social Action Highlight

About UUSC:

  • The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization working to advance human rights in collaboration with an international community of grassroots partners and advocates.
  • Rev. Mary Katherine Morn, UUSC’s President and CEO, who visited WBUUC last year, says “UUSC has spent 80 years serving communities facing injustice…Our world is crying out…” Hear more of her message at https://www.uusc.org/about-uusc/
  • Learn more about UUSC at https://www.uusc.org


Guest at Your Table (GAYT):


Photos from UUSC

  • UUSC’s annual intergenerational program raises support for and awareness about key human rights issues. The work includes migrant justice, climate justice, human crisis response, and grassroots movement support to dismantle systems of oppression. UUSC works in more than 20 countries, with over 60 grassroots partners and there are thousands of individuals involved.
  • GAYT is an opportunity to celebrate grassroots partnerships, support human rights, and learn about just four of these individuals from these grassroots organizations. These individuals are the “guests” in Guest at Your Table.
  • WBUUC has robustly supported this program for decades. It is one of our most long-standing holiday traditions.
  • WBUUC is helping our UUSC justice partner during this COVID-19 pandemic. The USCC continues to address human rights concerns during this pandemic, including efforts in Bangladesh, Thailand, Louisiana, Pacific Island communities and the US. https://www.uusc.org/supporting-uusc-partners-around-the-world-in-the-time-of-covid-19/
  • In past years (before this pandemic), donation boxes with photos of the “guests” were handed out in November at WBUUC. Children, youth and adults were encouraged to place the box on the table at mealtime and to talk about the stories of the pictured individuals. Young children could add money to the box at each meal, a way for young children to participate in a hands-on way. Their parents and other adults would donate by texting or writing checks.
  • If you’d like to preserve this tradition, make your own box by using the Donation Box Template 2020. https://www.uusc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Template-for-homemade-GAYT-box-2020-21.pdf


2020-21 Theme: The Meaning of Home:
UUSC invites you to witness stories of its partners around the world as they tell you about home.


Photos from UUSC

  • Partners in Central America are working to make sure no one is forced to flee their home due to violence or economic devastation.
  • Partners in Alaska, Louisiana, and the Pacific are fighting for their homes and ancestral lands against the ravages of extractive industries and climate change.
  • Partners in Burma, Bangladesh, and beyond are working tirelessly to support the rights of the Rohingya ethnic minority of Burma after facing ongoing government genocide in their homeland.


For kids of all ages:

  • Story for All Ages – Introducing This Year’s “Guests” https://vimeo.com/461442706/e5bbbc2495


More appropriate for adults and older youth:

And UUSC continues its work throughout the year and throughout the world.
To learn more, go to https://www.uusc.org.