A group of CVUU members posing for a picture at the Gay Pride Parade in Salt Lake City
CVUUers at the Pride Parade in Salt Lake City

Cache Valley Unitarian Universalists is committed to making the world a better place. Many social and environmental issues are intertwined. Our community is involved in a number of issues and our members actively participate in promoting social and environmental justice. As a group we have been involved in many causes.


Environmental & Social Justice (E&SJ) Team

Jenny Norton: Environmental and Social Justice Committee Co-chair <jeanettemarienorton@gmail.com>
(435) 753-4017
Paul Rogers: Environmental and Social Justice Committee Co-chair <p.rogers@aggiemail.usu.edu>


We support community and global efforts for social and environmental justice and work towards a sustainable church home. Our facilities are open to hosting groups working towards these goals. We plan several services directed towards the Unitarian Universalist 7th Principle, Respect for the Interdependent Web of All Existence of Which We Are a Part.

Some highlights

 

Social Justice:

CVUU Supports:

  • The Cache Youth Resource Center (CYRC), a youth drop-in center open every Friday from 4:30-7:30 to any youth age 14-23. The Youth Center is a safe and supportive space for LGBTQ and other youth and meets at the CVUU Church building at 596 E 900 North. The Center offers resources such as food, clothing, social activities, and mentoring.
  • The Cache Refugee and Immigrant Connection by hosting volunteer training sessions and helping with the CRYC community garden
  • Cache Community Connections – Promoting Interfaith Understanding and Community Action – liaison for planning community activities and interfaith events
  • We continue to support the Alternative Gift Market in partnership with the First Presbyterian Church as a community effort. Alternative Gifts support humanitarian and environmental sustainability efforts around the world and in our local community. Our Cache Valley Community Alternative Gift Market is an annual effort to support fair trade, benefit people living in poverty and support universal education.
  • Quarterly donations of part of our collections to a ESJ cause – suggestions welcome to the CVUU Board of Trustees.


Environmental Sustainability

  • Our solar panels have produced 4.75 Megawatts from inception until April 2015 – a good start but we want more panels
  • Landscape and water conservation efforts, develop and maintain a water efficient landscape
  • Recycle and compost onsite
  • Commit2Respond is a new initiative to address climate change was initiated by UUA and UUSC in 2015, our congregation signed up on Earth Day 2015. Remember when we sent in the fossil fuel divestment petition in January 2014, the vote at Unitarian Universalist Association in June 2014 was for divestment and support for clean energy
  • The Logan chapter of the Citizen’s Climate Lobby meets at CVUU once a month
  • Educate on local environmental issues – air quality and water resource management

 

CVUU solar energy production