Serving Needs Greater Than Our Own

Social Action at West Shore

Service to the community and the world, and witnessing for justice as informed by our Unitarian Universalist principles and values is a key part of our church's mission. We encourage our members to initiate projects of service and witness on their own or in alliance with community organizations. West Shore encourages our members' generosity in support of agencies and projects in our commmunity and denomination. At least once a month, the morning offering is given away to a group outside the church. Currently, West Shore has given away over $110,000 to needs greater than our own. The organizations represented in that amount are both local, national and international organizations. In special gifts and offerings to organizations outside the congregation, above and beyond its denominational giving. Our approach to encouraging volunteers in Service and Justice is diverse, just as the political opinions and commitments among our members. The congregation voted on the following five task force groups whose work is officially sanctioned and recognized by the congregation.

  • An Inclusivity Ministry that educates about and engages us with anti-oppression issues among us and in the larger community.
  • A Queer & Allies Group (Q & A) that encourages networking and witness among GLBTQ members and non-gay friends and supporters.
  • An Imagine Peace Group that works towards peace and justice in our lives and in the world.
  • West Shore Allies Against Human Trafficking (WAAHT) with the goal of "educating to eradicating" Human Trafficking.
  • West Shore FaCT - Faith Communities Together for a Sustainable Future.  Dedicated to educating about the dangers of Fracking. West Shore FaCT meets monthly on the second and fourth Sundays at 11:15 a.m. FaCT’s participants come from more than 40 faith communities in Ohio, from 16 Ohio counties (and three in West Virginia), and includes Catholics, Protestants, Jews and people from more than ten faith traditions.

Social Justice Activities and Organizations

Our Social Action (SA) Committee acts as both a coordinating and initiating group for projects of service, witness, and action. The Committee has long had a commitment to Hunger Action as a regular project. Once a month, volunteer opportunities at the Cleveland Foodbank are publicized through Shorelines and the West Shore Weekly. The Committee sponsors a Magazine Sale the first Sunday of the month with the proceeds going to help the needy and during services throughout the year, the congregation is asked to bring a can of food per person for distribution to local hunger centers.

The Social Action Committee sustains a regular supporting relationship with the Inter-Religious Task Force on Central America,  supported by the monthly Magazine Sale. The Social Action Committee also sponsors the West Shore Film Series (see below) that touches on important religious, social and political issues.  It is free and open to the public.

A table in the Rotunda most Sundays keeps people informed of volunteer activities and initiatives.

The Social Action Committee meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. A team of committee members leads the group. For more information about the committee activities  contact church member Gloria Bemer. 

West Shore Social Action Film Series

The Social Action Film Series, held on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 7:00 p.m. shows films on a wide variety of social, political, environmental, and human rights issues. Stay for a discussion afterwards and /or volunteer to help with refreshments! Click here to complete the Social Action Film Series survey.

Congregational Relationships & Partner Organizations

Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC) is comprised of over 40 Cleveland area churches who organize to create lasting, powerful and systemic change in the City of Cleveland. We are proud to be a dues paying member of GCC working on issues of police reform, gun violence reduction, health care and education.