At the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, we are deeply committed to making our city, country and our world a more just and humane place. Our Unitarian Universalist Principles call us to uphold the inherent worth and dignity of every person with justice, equity, and compassion. Our congregational mission calls us to engage in social action both together and individually.
Our congregation has been at the forefront of Canadian and international social justice issues for over 150 years. Our history of social justice includes engagement in issues related to women’s rights, mental health, penal reform, and civil rights, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered equality, abolition of the death penalty, peace and disarmament, environmental protection, human rights, and refugee support.
Our congregation currently supports the following social justice programs and projects:
- Amnesty International
- Canadian Unitarian Universalist Women's Association
- Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice (CUSJ)
- Central America Project
- Friends of New Visions Toronto
- Green Sanctuary Group
- Reconciliation Working Group
- Refugee Family Sponsorship
- Sanctuary Project (in hiatus)
- Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office
In addition to our sponsored social justice programs and projects, we have provided financial and moral support to organizations and causes whose objectives reflect our own. In the past we have supported the following organizations and causes:
We are a CUC Welcoming Congregation, supporting the legal recognition of same-sex relationships within the institution of marriage.
Unitarian Universalists in Canada have been at the forefront of social justice movements for over 150 years and we are still working to make our world a more compassionate, peaceful and just place for all..
I am only one
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something.
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the
something that I can do.
Edward Everett Hale