Mission: to organize and promote education, advocacy, witness, and community action by Tapestry, its members and members of the community on issues calling for the application of Unitarian Universalist principles.
How are we organized? The Social Action Committee has three Subcommittees – Human Rights, the Environment, and Economic Justice. Under each, there are various areas of focus, either providing policy change advocacy or service. We have conducted a congregation-wide survey to determine those areas of interest for the coming year. From there, we brought together like-minded people who decided on actions/service they wish to take or provide. There is something for everyone – no matter your passion for a particular issue or your time constraints.
We also accept the responsibility of educating the members of our congregation and the community on the major social issues of our day through regularly scheduled community forums. (See the Tapestry calendar for the next forum.)
We are certified by Unitarian Universalist Association as both:
- Green Sanctuary – The Green Sanctuary Program is designed to give roots and wings to the vision that, together, we can create a world in which all people make reverence, gratitude, and care for the living Earth central to our lives.
- Welcoming Congregation – The Welcoming Congregation Program is a completely volunteer program for Unitarian Universalist congregations that want to take intentional steps to become more welcoming and inclusive of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender (LGBT).
Who are our partners? We also join in various projects with other Unitarian Universalist organizations, e.g., Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry (UULM) and Pacific Southwest District (PSWD), and other organizations involved in social action.
Some of the links to these organizations and others are as follows:
- Standing on the Side of Love
- Orange County Congregation Community Organization (OCCCO)
- Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
- Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry California
- Interfaith Power and Light
Friends of Orange County Detainees: We also operate Friends of Orange County Detainees, an undocumented immigrant visitation program. This is an interfaith effort by caring people from Orange County to end the isolation of detainees. Friends of Orange County Detainees are visiting people in detention at James A Musick, a minium security prison in Irvine, at the Santa Ana City Jail and in the near future at Theo Lacy in Orange.