Social Justice

“Be not simply good; be good for something.”

Henry David Thoreau

Did you know that UU history is filled with leaders in justice and social reform movements?  We have always been a faith that called for living out our beliefs in our daily lives. We have always declared that how we live our lives matters more than the words we speak. Early social reformers include: Thomas Jefferson, Horace Mann, father of public education; mental health reformer Dorothea Dix; the abolitionists John Quincy Adams, and Julia Ward Howe; and the women’s rights leaders Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

How First UU Wausau lives our values and serves the community:

Equal Exchange Fair Trade coffeeAri Schmidt Fund / Fair Trade Coffee – At UU Wausau we use only Fair Trade coffee that provides living wages for growers and workers.  You can select and purchase Equal Exchange coffee, cocoa, and chocolate online through our our Fair Trade Coffee & Chocolate page.

The sales of our Fair Trade items go to the Ari Schmidt Fund, named after a church member passionate for justice. Small grants from the Fund support justice oriented local initiatives and church projects.

Community Meals Program – 4 times a year UU Wausau plans and cooks a free, hot community meal  served as part of the meal ministry at First Presbyterian church, in collaboration with 14 other faith communities. Youth and families are invited to be part of this ministry.

Little Free Library – Our Little Free Library is part of an international literacy movement that started here in WI. We keep the shelves stocked with books that anyone can take. In addition to building literacy, we are building community!

Community Focus Collections – The third Sunday of every month, from October through May, we give away the entire Sunday collection to local and global programs that match our mission and vision for creating compassion, hope, and justice.  Our February 2023 CFC is being collected for Childcaring.

Shopping Cart – The shopping cart in the reception area of the church is currently collecting household cleaning & hygiene items for New Beginnings!  View the wishlist here, and drop off your donations during office hours or on Sunday mornings!