Social Justice as Spiritual Practice


Save the Date!

Saturday, October 22nd

Social Justice as a Spiritual Practice

With the Rev. Paul Langston-Daley.

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

What are the reasons for having a grounding in the religious (or spiritual) when doing social justice work? Can’t we just do the work because it’s the right thing to do? From where do we draw our moral authority?

What is a spiritual practice and why does it matter? Why do I need one anyway? Can’t I just keep doing what I do?

Where do we find inspiration in our history, as individual and as a community? What well do we draw from when things are difficult both as an individual and as a community?

Just some of the questions to be addressed in our workshop, which will help UUCA to focus on its mission: to create a beloved community acting together with compassion, reason and respect, empowering us to promote a just society.

All members and friends of UUCA are invited to attend. A sign-up form is being offered here at this online link and at the Welcome Table. Online registration lasts until October 19th at 6pm. Walk-ins will also be welcomed the day of the event. 

UUCA Pathway to Membership Classes

Are you interested in knowing more about becoming a member of UUCA? Our 2-session course for prospective members, offered each quarter by Rev. Gaye Ortiz and the Membership Committee, encompasses UU Heritage – where Unitarian Universalism came from and where it is now – and UU Community and Connections – a meeting with our leaders who share the activities and programs in which new members can participate.

The fall weekend for the Pathway to Membership course is Saturday and Sunday October 1st and 2ndSaturday’s session begins at 10 am and ends with lunch at 12:30. Sunday’s session is from 9:30-10:30 am in RE Room 4, starting with coffee and snacks. Childcare is available upon advance request.

Please register online with this online form, or at the Welcome Table in the Common Area. 

Those completing the course are eligible for membership of UUCA. Other dates for winter, spring and summer courses will be announced in future newsletters.

Defying the Nazis: The Sharp’s War

Tune in to PBS

Defying the Nazis: The Sharp’s War

Tuesday, September 20th at 9pm

This Ken Burns film will be aired nationwide, and tells the courageous story of Unitarian minister Waitstill Sharp and his wife Martha,

who undertook a dangerous mission to help European refugees flee from Nazi persecution.

Arts in the heart Peace Wall

Arts in the Heart Children’s Peace Wall

September 16-18, 2016. Sponsored by the Interfaith Fellowship of Augusta

The IFFA will be asking children to write messages to go on a peace wall, located in the Family Section of the 3-day festival in downtown Augusta. Please bring the children in your life to visit and create a message of peace.

Vote to call Rev. Gaye as our settled Minister

"The Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta is happy to announce that, on September 11th 2016, the congregation voted to call Rev. Dr. Gaye Ortiz, its current Developmental Minister, to settled ministry.    Rev. Ortiz has served the congregation as Developmental Minister since August 2013; she will assume her new role as settled minister in July 2017. "    

Unitarian Universalism: A Direction, Not a Path

Unitarian Universalism is not a set of steps one takes to get to a predetermined end point. We do not preach an end, but an ongoing process. We expect to continue to learn; adapting, and improving throughout our lifetimes and passing our mission to future generations. Our heaven, the Beloved Community, will not be a single creation. We expect a perpetual work in progress, constantly adjusting to new needs and new information.


Unitarian Universalism is not a clear path we walk, but a direction we all head in. We get there together, but each of us is allowed our own pace. Each of us sets our own priorities and attends our own spiritual and emotional needs. We may stop and smell the flowers, pick the rocks from our shoe, or wander to see what’s over that hill. Some of us will rush ahead, or where we believe ahead might be, and make notes for the rest to ponder as they plan their path forward. Others will be content following behind the trailblazers and participating in the rituals and milestones created for them.


We do not expect that we will all have the same experiences along the way. Each perspective matters, though, in helping us plan future steps.

From the:  The I Am UU Project