Social Responsibility and Social Action are a major concern of Canadian Unitarian congregations. Unitarians have been at the forefront of many social programs, and are currently involved in projects ranging from Economic Justice to Choices in Dying to environmental concerns.
UUFK’s Social & Environmental Action Committee (SEA) monitors local and national issues and keeps our congregation focused on what matters most.
Our past projects include — Preparing bimonthly hampers for a family in need and annually helping to pack Christmas hampers; donations of clothing and personal care items to Elizabeth Fry Society; collecting donations for USC Canada’s Nepal Recovery Fund; quilt making for Haitian orphanage; and providing meals for people in need in association with other community groups.
Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Through Film
The Truth Healing and Reconciliation (THR) Resource Team of the Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC) invites you to engage with themes of colonization and Indigenous resilience through film with our second edition of online national film screenings.
Last year the THR team hosted 2 screenings of Reel Injun, a documentary by Cree director Neil Diamond. The purpose of this film was to encourage us to think about stereotypes and resilience from a personal place and to engage in truth-telling and truth-hearing with a better understanding of the history of Indigenous Peoples in film.
The CUC has partnered with the National Film Board of Canada to present 3 Indigenous films highlighting the stories that shape the complex relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Our selection this year includes:
Trick or Treaty by Alanis Obomsawin: learn about the history and present reality of treaties between First Nations and the Canadian Government.
Angry Inuk by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril presents an inside perspective to the war on seal hunting.
The Road Forward by Marie Clements is a musical documentary connecting “a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history by examining the connection between Indian nationalism in the 1930s and First Nations activism today.” (NFB)
How does it work? Based on the successful Young Adult THRRG format, participants are given 2 weeks to view a film, read supporting materials and then come together for a scheduled video conference calls to debrief. Reflection Groups follow a facilitated sharing circle format that continues the themes and Enduring Understandings developed by the THRRG Task Force. To join the conversation, click here.