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


It's almost here! Sign-up for the February 22nd Meet-Up from 7 to 8:30 pm via Zoom. We invite you to join other justice leaders from across the state to share your thoughts and insights about the work we can do right here in South Carolina! What excites you? What do you care about? Let's share and start making plans. 

Register Here for the Zoom meeting 

This gathering will provide a much-needed opportunity to connect with UUs, share ideas, and discover how to form an issue cluster (or support one) to focus our energies statewide. We want to learn from you about all your social justice hopes and needs. So please register if you can and help build the foundation of the South Carolina UU Justice Alliance. We look forward to greeting you there! 

- Pippin & Jean, South Carolina UU Justice Alliance 

February News

Letter in Opposition to Dangerous SC Legislation Delivered

Profile of a Justice Leader

  • Sue Berkowitz


  • Greenville UU Fellowship: Social Justice Work

Visits to Congregations

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

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Letter in Opposition to Dangerous SC Bills Delivered

The South Carolina Legislature is currently considering at least six (6) bills that would curtail the ability of educators to teach accurate knowledge of history, including our history of slavery, Native American Genocide, and the Holocaust.

As Unitarian Universalists, we believe using accurate knowledge and reason are essential to people's ability to create a more just and humane world. We invited Unitarian Universalists and congregations/groups across the state to oppose passage of these bills. Over 150 of you signed this letter calling on South Carolina lawmakers to oppose these dangerous bills and ensure the betterment of society, not through denial and violence, but through dialogue and accurate education. To request your name be added to the letter email:

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Sue Berkowitz

SCUUJA Board Member and Director, SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center 


Profile of a UU Social Justice Leader

What is at the heart of your social justice passion? 

My spiritual upbringing in the Jewish faith taught me that each day we should strive to make the world a better place for all peoples. I work to make the world more just and fair for everyone. When I was in law school, I knew I wanted to practice public interest law. I’ve been fortunate to be able to do so for nearly all my legal career. At SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center, we work to get laws and policies changed, and I am drawn to this systemic change endeavor.

What excites you about the new SC UU Justice Alliance?

There’s a great deal of overlap in how we approach issues of injustice. It’s imperative that we listen to and act from the voices of those most impacted by injustice. Our organization has often partnered with the UU Congregation of Columbia, and we are excited to be able to partner with UU’s across the state. There are so many issues to work on including fair housing, health care, reforming payday loans, immigration, and criminal justice reform. We are fighting for the equity and inclusion sorely missing in our state. See for ways to sign up and take action.

Since systemic change is often slow, when an opportunity arises to create change we need to seize it immediately. As SCUUJA grows, UU’s will be able to engage in rapid response when an issue arises in the state legislature or a policy proposal needs immediate input. 

Greenville UU's Adopt a Highway Clean-up

Greeville UU's Work in the Community and For the Community

The Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (GUUF) Social Justice Committee focuses on three areas: environmental justice, immigrant justice, and economic justice. Due to the pandemic, the committee is focusing on local actions. Congregational members bring food donations to the church six times a year. The church then partners with United Ministries, Jesus el Rey, Upstate Food Not Bombs, and other justice organizations to distribute the food collected. They are also able to help houseless families (in partnership with United Ministries) through their Rowland-McFerrin House. This duplex houses families in transition who live rent free for up to a year and then move on to settled housing.  Other activities include participation in Adopt a Highway Clean-Up (see image). 

GUUF is a founding member of the newly formed Greenville County Interfaith Justice Network, an organization of 16-plus Greenville area churches devoted to justice issues. This organization is part of DART (Direct Action & Research Training), whose mission is “to engage congregations in doing justice.” Greenville now joins Columbia (MORE Justice—Midlands Organized Response for Equality and Justice) and Charleston (CAJM—Charleston Area Justice Ministry) in having DART in their communities. While the first major planning meeting of the Greenville DART will happen in the fall, conversation has begun on Greenville County issues such as houselessness, transportation, and the need for affordable housing. 

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Visits to Congregations: 

We got the year started right with a service and gathering at the amazing UU Church of Spartanburg on January 2. Next we went to the UU Congregation of Columbia and to Clayton Memorial Church. We may be coming to a congregation near you soon, too. Here is the schedule so far:

  • Feb 27: Unitarian Church in Charleston
  • Feb. 27: Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
  • Mar 6: UU Fellowship of Clemson
  • Mar 20: Aiken UU Church
  • July 17: UU Congregation of the Lowcountry (Bluffton)

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! 

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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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