There is much we can do to help one another and our neighbors through the pandemic.

Social Justice

We care for our community:

Our Social Justice team has reached out to our community partners, especially groups like TOTAL Ministries and PASOs, to ask what support would be most helpful at this time and going forward. We have also communicated with our City Manager and District Councilwoman to offer our help at any time. There will be many ways that we can help.

Please hold in mind and heart those who serve at the forefront of the pandemic–our medical and social workers, our sanitation and food distribution workers, civic leaders, and each person answering the call to serve.

Advocacy

Voting Justice Team Action Plan for Everyone

It is the last minute! Are you stressed out? Weather permitting, drop in at the silent meditation at Central Park located at Central Methodist Church on Church Street on Thursday, Oct 29 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. This is an opportunity to rest, breathe, take a break, release stress and anxiety and to be with others silently and compassionately. Stay 15 minutes or as long as you like. Please come and spread the energy of peace. Cancelled in case of rain. The area is adjacent to the parking garage for The George and a Labyrinth is located on the site. There is seating available but if you prefer to sit in the grass, bring a blanket or your own chair. Wear a mask and social distancing of 6 ft apart will be observed.

Keep it up! Talk about voting with someone different every day until the election on Nov. 3.

    • Vote Early from now through Monday, Nov. 2. For Spartanburg County, at Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, lower level (in back), M-F, 8:30 to 5:00, and just one Saturday, Oct. 31, 9:00-1:00.
    • If you have an absentee-by-mail ballot, get your signature witnessed by anyone. You can mail it in or take it to the office of Election & Registration, in the county administration building (entrance at the back of the building). If you bring someone else’s ballot, you must have the signed yellow permission form with you.
    • Have patience. Decide now that you will be patient for the results to come in. It will take days, and perhaps weeks, for the count to come in. Stay focused on the facts, and be patient.

More info at https://www.scvotes.gov/ and Vote411.org, another non-partisan source of information – sponsored by the League of Women Voters. It’s a fun, interactive site.

We’ve all done everything we can to help get the vote out early. Our voting team isn’t done, though. We’re packing lunches and snacks for volunteer drivers who will be transporting voters to the We’ll deliver water and snacks when we hear where people are waiting too long at some polling places. And some of us are poll managers, poll workers, poll watchers, and poll monitors. Our Greenville members will also take snacks, water, and masks to voters in lines there.

Vote Banner Update

Our four banners advertising early voting: at Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium (stolen after 12 days), UUCS, Mt Moriah Baptist Church, and Bunton Institute CME, on Wofford St. These big, clear banners are all well-placed to catch attention of the many people driving by…more…

Making Masks

We’re distributing masks to voters in Spartanburg and Greenville counties, and particularly to the volunteer church bus drivers who are transporting people to the polls, as well as for anyone who boards a bus without a mask. Last week, we gave Ubuntu Institute of Spartanburg 100 masks for their community work, and another 50 to the Mexican store in northern Spartanburg County. We’ll have over 150 masks to give out on election day. After the election, Upstate Food Not Bombs has asked us to help their clients with masks. As we know, covid infections are increasing everywhere that people are not wearing masks. And that includes SC. The latest study supports the hypothesis that covid 19 immunity will last 3-9 months, similar to other coronaviruses.

Although “more research is needed,” we can expect that an effective vaccine for this coronavirus won’t be available to most people until spring or later, and won’t last longer than a year. We plan to keep making masks.

Mask News – October Updates, click here!

Share Your Actions

Let us know what you are doing to help—making masks, donating supplies, helping neighbors, supporting organizations. We want to create a list of what our congregants are doing to help, as a way to share ideas with one another, to empower each other to act, and to create a narrative of all the ways we are lending a hand individually and as a congregation. Even the smallest acts can have a large impact. Send notes of your actions to Social Justice Chair Alice Sutton at suttonak52@gmail.com. We will share these on our website to encourage and motivate one another. Mask Maker Update: https://uucs.org/mask-maker-mask-maker/ 

Giving

We are in a time of financial uncertainty and strain. We share our gifts to benefit one another and our world, not to put anyone of us at risk. Please give when and how you can, and never when you should not. All of our gifts–gifts of care, of time, of skill, of resources–have a vital purpose.

  • Time: As many of you have already done, if you have a gift you feel would be of benefit that you would like to share – skill with technology, transportation, food, and much more–please reach out to our minister, Scott Neely (minister@uucs.org) or any of our church leaders. This has already been very helpful.
  • Treasure: Many of you have asked how to give financially to the church during this time:
    • You may give to the church online here: https://uucs.org/contribution/
    • You may also mail checks (to UUCS, P.O. Box 1942, Spartanburg, SC 29304) or bring monetary gifts to the church office (contact Office Administrator Pat Landry at office@uucs.org / 864-585-9230; Pat’s usual office hours are now M-F, 10 am-noon). All the ways to donate to UUCS, including by text, can be found here: https://uucs.org/donate/.
    • Share the Plate: Contributions may be made here: https://uucs.org/share-the-plate-contribution/
    • Fund to Support Immigrants in Spartanburg. In partnership with Alianza Spartanburg (previously the Hispanic Alliance) and the PASOs site in Spartanburg, UUCS has established a fund to provide direct assistance to individuals and families who will not receive federal assistance through the CARES Act because of their immigration status—even though they pay taxes. Even if only one family member is out of status, no one in the family will receive funds—even children who are US citizens. You may give to this fund here: https://uucs.org/support-our-immigrants/.

UUCS Social Justice News Blog