Past Projects

Social Justice » Past Projects

Members and friends of the Unitarian Fellowship, have like other Unitarians always been keenly interested in social justice issues. A few of our past projects include:

End of Life Choices: Following educating ourselves on “End of Life Choices” inclusive of medical assistance in dying we:

1) presented a public debate on physician assisted dying featuring representatives from the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and Dying With Dignity. Well over 300 people filled the Sarnia Library Theatre for the event which was also broadcast on our local cable channel. (October 2014)

2) provided a public End of Life Planning Workshop, in partnership with the Strangway Centre, with the emphasis on Advance Care Directives (April 2015).

World Peace: We have supported the annual “64 Days of Peace” in Port Huron and have hosted an inter-faith “Peace Pageant” at the Sarnia Library Theatre. 

Marriage Equality: We supported our LGBT community (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered) in working for marriage equality rights. We participated in the Gay Pride parades in Sarnia and performed a “marriage blessing” for a lesbian couple at one parade. When “same-sex marriage legislation” was passed into law, one of our lay chaplains was the first to officiate a ceremony in Sarnia-Lambton.

Fundraising for Local Charities: One way we do this is to host concerts of professional “folk singers” who are touring Canada. These concerts have become popular with the public and we have been doing this since 2002.

Environmental Awareness: We were the first Unitarian congregation in Canada to win a “Green Sanctuary” designation (a program of the Unitarian Universalist Association). We encourage our members and friends to develop a stronger relationship with the natural world and a greater responsibility to protecting the earth, its beauty, gifts and resources.

Reproductive Rights: We protested the decision to transfer the Obstetrics department from Sarnia General Hospital to St. Joseph’s Hospital, which denied women the right to choose tubal ligation immediately after a birth.