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In response to the call to promote justice and compassion in the world, Beacon Unitarian Church seeks to make a positive social impact on the surrounding community and beyond. Beacon constantly seeks for ways that members can put their values into practice, helping others as we help ourselves.
Social Responsibility Committee
The Social Responsibility Committee (SRC) is currently seeking a chairperson. Until one is found, the committee is inactive, although social responsibility efforts at Beacon of various kinds are ongoing.
Leading this effort is the Social Responsibility Committee. The Social Responsibility Committee strives to find ways that we can help in the community and the wider world around us. Its mission is to encourage and facilitate the efforts of the members of Beacon Unitarian Church to strive for justice, equity and compassion among all peoples and harmony with our environment. Our Unitarian Principles are the cornerstone of our identity as Unitarians, and include the call to social action.
The SRC sponsors a number of projects and activities, both limited and on-going. Primary among these is the operation of a food bank depot by Beacon and Como Lake United Church for the SHARE Family & Community Services Society which operates food banks in the Tri-Cities area. Every second Wednesday, a volunteer crew of Beaconites distributes food at mid-day to people and families in need.
Sharing the Plate Program: Beacon gives half of the undesignated cash collection each Sunday to a local charity — this past year it has been the Pacific Assistance Dogs Society.
For many years Beacon Unitarian Church supported a sister church in Transylvania (a Hungarian enclave in Romania), where "anti-trinitarians" were first called Unitarians and the first churches began. The Edict of Torda, 1568, decreed religious toleration, and Unitarianism was established as one of the "received faiths." Within only a few years, severe repression was once again heaped upon innovative beliefs. The Unitarian Church in Romania has suffered ever since, especially during the communist regime of Nicolae Ceausescu.
Our former partner church is located in the village of Kobatfalva.
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