Social Justice

Social justice is a value deeply woven into the fabric of Unitarian Universalism, and made explicit in our seven UU principles.  At the UU Church of Canton, we put our principles and passions into action in many ways.

Our church’s social justice work seeks to help all members of the congregation live their values by providing information and education on issues at the local, national, and international levels, and offering opportunities for advocacy and action.

Responsibility for community service and working for social justice is shared by all church members. Ideas for and leadership of specific projects comes from inside and outside the Social Action Committee.


Our Social Justice Ministries


Social Action Committee

Education, Advocacy, Action

Helping the congregation live their values with information, education, and opportunities for action on issues of social concern in the wide world.



Healthy Food, Healthy Community

Our congregational social justice project addresses food insecurity by growing food for local food pantries.


Environmental Action Committee

Green Sanctuary & More

Creating a world in which all people share reverence, gratitude, and care for the living Earth.

Shared Offerings


Our Social Action Shared Offerings – or SASOs – provide a way for our members and friends to learn about and support various local, national, and international organizations committed to justice work. All are invited to propose organizations or initiatives that they believe are effective and deserving of our support. Click here for a list of previous SASOs and a nominating form.

Our current Social Action Shared Offering is dedicated to Hurricane Maria Relief.

Church and Community Program

An outreach organization of the churches of Canton that helps lower income community members obtain food, clothing, and other essentials. Members of our congregation serve on the Board and volunteer in many capacities. Learn more here.

Social Action Award

Each year, we recognize a member of the community who makes a difference in our community with the Rachel Somers Grant Social Action Award.

Social Action Volunteers Network

The Social Action Network provides varied avenues for congregation members to participate, as they are able, in social justice work, and meets the need for occasional volunteers to support on-going social justice commitments of our church.

Social Justice Initiative

The Social Justice Initiative brings together people and organizations from beyond the congregation to share ideas, make connections, and develop ways to share resources among North Country communities and beyond.

Social Justice News

  • Co-sponsored with PRISM, this film series…

    On Tuesday, April 10, at 6:30…

    The Social Action Shared Offering received…

    Join us this Sunday, October 29,…