The Social Justice committee’s purpose is to help our congregation realize the last portion of our mission statement: “to equip ourselves to minister through the transformative power of love.”

Our congregation has identified three main areas of interest:

  • Hunger: We do periodic Saturday workdays at Good Shepherd Food Bank where we pre-inspect donated foods, and pack backpacks for schoolkids.
  • Healthcare: We host and support local events on this topic.
  • Reproductive Rights: We’re teaming up with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England to do work in this area.

We support economic justice by partnering with NASAP (New American Sustainable Agriculture Project) to provide space for a refugee farmer to sell her produce each Sunday from summer through fall.

We support social action by maintaining an activist list for sharing information on local rallies, demonstrations, and other opportunities. To be added to the activist list, email

Co-chairs of the Social Justice Committee are
Jane Pentheny, OD ( & Toby Haber-Giasson (

2017 Second Collection Cycle

Feb: Souper Sunday for Trinity Jubilee Center
March: Minister’s Discretionary Fund
April: New Beginnings
May: Immigrant Resource Center of Maine
June: Greater Androscoggin Humane Society
July: New Beginnings
Aug: Immigrant Resource Center of Maine
Sept: Greater Androscoggin Humane Society
Oct: Minister’s Discretionary Fund
Nov: New Beginnings
Dec: Immigrant Resource Center of Maine
Jan: Greater Androscoggin Humane Society

Our congregation votes on a new group of Second Collection recipients each January. Collections are taken on first Sunday of each month. Organizations for Second Collection must:

  • be non-profit
  • reflect our mission and UU values,
  • and benefit the L/A area.