Social and Environmental Action
Social and Environmental Action at All Souls Church
Mission: All Souls Social & Environmental Action seeks to provide “encouragement for putting our beliefs and values into action and service” as called for by our Church Mission Statement. We are a spiritual community of seekers engaging UU principles for the good of all.
Over the course of the last two years, Karen Tyler, George Carvill, and Ellie Weiss proposed to the ASC Board of Directors that, in the interest of engaging a larger segment of the congregation in more active work for social justice, we disband the Social and Environmental Action Committee in its present form, and declare the entire All Souls Church congregation a “committee of the whole,” with all church members and participants being recognized as SEAC members, and the co-chairs staying on as the Leadership Team. The Board supported this proposal. Since that time, members of the congregation have been actively engaged in supporting the large group of refugees from Afghanistan who arrived in Brattleboro in the spring of 2022, several of whom are now residing in a house owned by Linda Hay. These efforts have included transportation, meal preparation, and sorting donated clothing and household goods. We expect this work to be ongoing. Additionally, ASC has been represented with our yellow “Side With Love” banner at rallies and vigils for causes including reproductive rights and ending the war in Yemen. Recently, the Leadership Team as a whole has announced its decision to step down as of June, 2022. As of this writing, discussion of the future direction of SEAC (and of First Sunday services) is under discussion. We look forward to the new approaches to social justice that may open up. We also recognize, appreciate, and applaud the many works of social justice that congregants practice in their own lives.
Ways to be informed and involved:
All Souls SEAC Google Group:
Keep up to date on all actions, conversations and resources from SEAC by joining our google group! (google groups are a private listserv email and online forum) Contact us below if you’d like to be added to the group!
SEAC Rapid Response Contact List:
Receive short messages of important events in the Brattleboro area, such as rallies, protests, and urgent requests for help. The general idea is to supply you with timely information that can’t wait for the church newsletter directly to your cell phone via text message, or, if you cannot receive text messages, via email. Sign up for the ASC SEAC Rapid Response List
Windham County Action Network, WeCAN:
The Windham County Action Network (WeCAN) is a centralized location to find out about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities among Windham County’s social justice and environmental organizations.
The organization publishes a weekly listing of important social action activities which you can see here.
WeCAN is not associated with SEAC or with All Souls Church UU.
Your feedback is always valuable to us! Connect with us! Contact the ASC office for more information.