Social Action in RE
Social action is central to the Unitarian Universalist tradition, and at LSUS we teach the students in our Religious Explorations (RE) program to be responsible, caring and sharing members of the larger society. It is not unusual that a discussion in the RE class would blossom into a congregation-wide social service project.
Some of the students' recent projects include:
Bike & Grow Event for Earth Day and Arbor Day
Recently, students teamed up with the Lake Shore Unitarian Society’s Outreach and Social Justice Committee for a special event in honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day. Students got together to bike from the Winnetka Community House to Shorewood Park in Wilmette, where they dedicated the planting of a Red Bud tree, planted some accompanying perennial flowers around it, and ended the celebration with a blessing and reflection. Click here to learn more.
A Place at The Table Food Drive
In March of 2014, students came together to hold a food drive for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The donation drive was one part of this special event, hosted by Lake Shore Unitarian. We partnered with the Winnetka Public Library to host a public showing of the documentary “A Place at the Table,” to help spark dialogue about hunger and obesity in the United States right here in our community. “A Place at the Table” follows the story of three families and shows us how hunger and obesity pose serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation. Students canvassed the Winnetka area with door hangers asking for food donations and were able to collect over 50 pounds of food! Click here to learn more.
Previous Social Action Events Include:
Supporting Animal Rescue Centers
Cooking for the Homeless
Musical Outreach Trips to Retirement Homes
Caring Cards for Military Veterans & Children in Hospitals
Volunteer Work with Chicago's Night Ministry
“The service component of LSUS gives North Shore kids a sense of perspective. They see what they have and why service is important." —Tony Hurtig, Evanston architect
“Opportunities for kids to develop values are not exclusive to a congregation; there are other places to see good behaviors modeled. But LSUS has an intergenerational aspect that really benefits our children, who don’t have grandparents nearby.” —Nancy Prial, Wilmette investment fund manager