Building an alliance of South Carolina Unitarian Universalists who act for justice in partnerships that center the voices and authority of people experiencing injustice.


As we prepare for 2022, we hope to visit you! We are busy scheduling visits to UU congregations to learn how the South Carolina UU Justice Alliance can support your justice work, and to introduce the new Alliance. Here is the schedule so far:

  • Jan 2: UU Church of Spartanburg
  • Jan 30: UU Congregation of Columbia
  • Feb 6: UU Fellowship of Clemson  
  • Feb 6: Clayton Memorial UU Church
  • Feb 27: Unitarian Church in Charleston
  • Mar 20: Aiken UU Church

The list will grow as we continue to schedule visits (email to schedule). We hope to join you in-person or on-line during one of these visits as we build ways to act together for justice in South Carolina! 

- Pippin & Jean, South Carolina UU Justice Alliance 

December News

Profile of a Justice Leader

  • Rick Hahnenberg  

Social Justice Meetup

  • Feb 22, 7 pm via Zoom


  • Clemson UU: Anti-racism and Depolarization 
  • Aiken UU: Blessing Box

This project is funded in part by the Fund for Unitarian Universalist Social Responsibility


Rick Hahnenberg

SCUUJA Board Chair and Member of the UU Church of Spartanburg


Profile of a UU Social Justice Leader

How do you tell your UU story? I joined my first UU congregation in Ohio in 1979, after the birth of my twins. When we moved to SC, we joined the Greenville UU Fellowship and later the Spartanburg UU Church as we moved again. Over the years, I have enjoyed serving in religious education, Sunday services, fundraising, finance, social justice, and three times as President of UUCS. 

What is at the heart of your social justice passion? Church-State Separation. I was founder and Chapter President for Americans United for Separation of Church and State Upstate SC Chapter for 13 of the 15 years that the Chapter was active. We closed our Upstate SC Chapter in February, 2021 due to structural changes in the national organization.

What excites you about the new SC UU Justice Alliance? First, the leadership abilities of both Rev. Dr. Pippin Whitaker and Rev. Dr. Jean Heriot. I am also excited about the potential to unite UU social justice programs with our 10 Congregations in South Carolina!


Social Justice Leaders Meetup!

Tuesday, Feb 22, 2022 from 7 to 8:30 PM ET 

Register Here for Zoom 

Join UUs and partners around the state to get to know one another, share ideas, and learn what others are doing in the struggle for justice in South Carolina. This meetup is a chance to build relationships and also to help build the foundation of the South Carolina UU Justice Alliance. We look forward to greeting you there! 


Clemson UU Works to End Racism and Reduce Polarization:

In a time of ever-increasing polarization, the UU Fellowship of Clemson is an active leader in anti-racism and inclusion in the Upstate of SC. They initiated and have been working on the Clemson Area Pledge to End Racism (CAPER) for over three years. Learn about CAPER here.  

In the spring, Clemson UU’s social action committee will hold Braver Angels workshops for the congregation. Braver Angels works to reduce political polarization between groups such as liberals and conservatives, red and blue political groups, and rural and urban divides. Once the workshops conclude they will use small group work to spread the message further. 

Clemson UU will also begin the process of renewing their Welcoming Status with the UUA. Find out more about Clemson UU’s community building and service of justice here! 

Aiken UU Congregation gathered around new Blessing Box

Aiken UU Blessing Box 2.0

Over the summer, the church launched and completed a Blessing Box 2.0 project. The church established the Blessing Box right outside the church entrance as a place where the houseless and others could pick up non-perishable food items at any time. Wanting to provide more items and fresh vegetables and fruits, the 2.0 Blessing Box now includes a refrigerator, a place for literature, and space for non-perishable items such as pet food, diapers, and hygiene products. Church members partner with local food banks, especially the Golden Harvest Food Bank, to obtain food. The box is constantly used and constantly replenished!

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South Carolina UU Justice Alliance

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 Rev. Dr. Pippin Whitaker
 Executive Director & Co-founder

Rev. Dr. Jean Heriot
Director of Training and Organizing & Co-founder

Mr. Rick Hahnenberg
Board Chair

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