Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of the South Jersey Shore

Social Justice Issues

The UUCSJS Social Justice Committee focuses on the topic of Sustainability and Environmental Justice.

We have been able to reach out to local environmental groups and join our efforts with theirs to make positive changes in our community. In the past year, we have tabled at several local eco-fairs, provided educational opportunities at our UU Center (which were always free and open to the public), written letters to representatives requesting their support with social justice and environmental issues. We have also continued our support for local peace groups, hosted our annual Iraq War commemoration, and much, much more. Committee members staff a table each Sunday after services in the lobby to provide the congregation with Fair Trade products and information about opportunities for social action.

Our Committee meets after service at 11:30 on the first Sunday of every other month. Between meetings we have telephone conference calls when needed. The focus of these meetings is to work on fine tuning and implementing the initiatives and goals we have set in the areas of Environmental Justice, Ethical Eating, Animal Rights, and Fair Trade, and more. We also evaluate and take on additional UUA congregational study/action initiatives and priority issues set by the UULMNJ.

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Other Social Action initiatives:

Water Shield

UUCSJS has joined other faith communities in New Jersey by participating in the GreenFaith Water Shield Certification program. Founded in 1992, GreenFaith is an environmental organization made up of diverse religious communities. The organization believes that protecting and honoring the earth is fundamental to religious thought, and has created numerous programs that address consumption habits.
To earn our Shield Certificate, our congregation must complete a number of steps. Help Protect our Water

To protect our precious groundwater, take your hazardous waste to your county's next Hazardous Waste Residential Drop-Off Program.
In Atlantic County, hazardous waste can be dropped off the first Saturday of every other month (January, March, May, July, September, November).
The location is Atlantic County Utilities Authority, 6700 Delilah Rd., Egg Harbor Township.

Some of the accepted materials include:
A complete list of accepted and unaccepted materials can be found at acua.com.

Cape May typically conducts 2 Household Hazardous Waste disposal days per year. At this time, the 2014 dates have not been published. Contact Cape May County for specific program information. Contact Tony Moncman, Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority, at 609-465-9026 or email: moncmanag@cmcmua.com.

* You can also take your CFL lightbulbs and old power tool batteries to Lowes. Look for the bins next to the return department.

tiger swallowtail on milkweed


  (The documents below are all PDFs)

Want to Swap or Buy small plants and seeds?

Want larger container-grown native plants not generally available in local Nurseries?

tiger swallowtail on milkweed

Other ways we care for the earth:


Members and friends of our congregation designed, installed, and maintain a butterfly garden at Patriot Lake in Galloway Township. Our garden, located behind the library and near the newly renovated playground, is a gem; it's alive with beautiful nectar rich flowers and butterflies from May through September to the delight of all that pass by.

Some additional materials to help garden in an environmentally conscious way are the following (link to pdf files):

How to Create a Butterfly Garden

Landscaping for Birds