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.

Focus on Inequalities

Examining, understanding, and addressing the “Impact of Inequalities in the North Country” has been a focus of our justice work since 2014. Learn more and find valuable resources here.


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.

World Wide Giving


Our Social Action Shared Offerings help our members and friends learn more about a variety of social justice issues and organizations and provide us with ways to support effective local, national, and international organizations.

Our current Social Action Shared Offering is dedicated to Compassion and Choices.

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 News

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