One Unitarian principle calls us to, “Search for justice and fairness in our society.” Some of our members carry out this mission under the auspices of the church, but many others are inspired to do this community work outside the church. Sometimes we march with others, support other faiths, or find very personal ways to improve human relations as you might notice in the photos.
I. A few projects involving members of our congregation
Gur Mouanga, a church member formerly from Congo-Brazzaville, has been leading The Compassion Project to provide food and clothing to some of the poverty stricken townships around the city. Many in our congregation have helped with this project.
Ons Plek is a shelter to protect girls who were living on the street by providing accommodation, food, and education and love to help them return to a normal life. Our congregation provides some financial support for this important project.
The Triangle Project directs its efforts to encouraging non-discrimination in Cape Town by educating, lobbying and advocating against harmful stereotypes, attitudes and behaviours towards Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people. (This site is currently out of service – Jan 2017.)
The Cape Town Interfaith Initiative (CTII) is active in bringing many different religious faiths together in our community. Our Minister Emeritus has been very active in this organisation which includes people from Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Baha’i, Muslim and other religious groups.
II. Other projects that are of interest to our congregation of an international scope include the following efforts:
The Charter for Compassion is a document that transcends religious, ideological and national difference. Supported by leading thinkers from many traditions, the Charter activates the Golden Rule around the world.
Standing on the Side of Love is a public advocacy campaign that seeks to harness love’s power to stop oppression. It is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association and all are welcome to join.
It Gets Better Project is a nonprofit founded in the United States by gay activist, author, media pundit, and journalist Dan Savage and his husband Terry Miller in response to the suicides of teenagers who were bullied because they were gay or because their peers suspected that they were gay. Its goal is to prevent suicide among LGBT youth by having gay adults convey the message that these teens’ lives will improve.