Social Action


The Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship and its Social Action Committee (SAC) try to embody the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. The social action committee seeks to develop effective and meaningful ways to put our UU Principles into action. Social Action provides meaning to our lives by forcing us to look beyond our lives, to risk ourselves, and learn from others. Social Action enables us to attach real compassion to what otherwise might be abstract principles of justice and equity, and Social Action offers us a way to celebrate and share our blessings with others. Social action includes both service to individuals and the community and advocacy for social justice.

A great way to become involved in CUF, get to know others and put our principles into action is by participating in our many social action projects. Opportunities for involvement are limited only by your imagination. Current activities at CUF and in the wider community include:

 Participate in the Southern Illinois Immigrants Rights Project: a community organization advocating for the rights of immigrants in our community.

 Join our Racial Justice Reading Group.

 Help to plan, finance, and participate in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service.

 Volunteer or support The Rainbow Café which provides a safe environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth, their friends, and those questioning their orientation by creating a space where they are affirmed and offered non-judgmental support and access to personal, community, and spiritual resources. The Rainbow Cafe’ was established by CUF and Church of the Good Shepherd (UCC).

 Contribute to our monthly Social Action Sundays: a different local charity is chosen each month for our support through our Sunday collection. Representatives often come to the service to educate the community about the work the agency is doing.

 Buy or help sell Fair Trade coffee—Once a month Fair Trade coffee and chocolate are available for sale after the Sunday Service.

Donate food items during collections for the Good Samaritan Food Pantry and Murphysboro Food Pantry. Other collections are held throughout the year.

 Volunteer to cook and deliver meals for Feed My Sheep, a community soup kitchen that provides meals every weekday at the Bethel A.M.E. Church in Carbondale. CUF volunteers are needed from 10 to 1 on the last Tuesday of each month.

  Support The Carbondale Women’s Center by helping CUF children bake and deliver bread to the Women’s Center in November or solicit funds for and make Easter Baskets in March.

 Accompany CUF children during  Trick or Treat for UNICEF.

 Buy gifts for needy adults and children through The Interfaith Council’s Spirit of Christmas Gift Giving Program.

 Help organize and participate in the Alternative Gift Fair held on the first Sunday in December each year: an opportunity to support local not-for-profits and purchase meaningful gifts for the holiday season.

 Support those impacted by HIV/AIDS through Our Zambian Partnership. We collect school fees for children whose families are impacted by the HIV epidemic in Zambia. Our support for Ranchhod Community Services and Hospice in Kabwe, Zambia began in June of 2003.

 Participate in local activities sponsored by Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois.

 Join the UU Advocacy Network of Illinois (UUANI) and answer the weekly email calls for advocacy and/or join UUs throughout Illinois at advocacy events in Springfield.


Zambia Table at Alt. Gift Fair

Rainbow Cafe

Fair Trade Coffee, Tea, chocolate at the Alternative Gift Fair.