Committed to Justice

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie (UUFP) has a long-standing commitment to working on human rights and environmental and social justice issues in our neighborhoods and around the world.

The UUFP Social Justice Committee (SJC) keeps the Fellowship membership abreast of current social and environmental issues and sponsors forums, movie screenings, workshops, and letter writing campaigns for the membership and the community at large.

Past and present UUFP/SJC projects include CROP Walk, Mitten Tree, and the Fair Trade Bazaar. We also provide a monthly meal to the homeless at the Hillcrest Homeless Shelter and collect personal items for its guests.

For the past four years, the Committee has hosted the “Coming Home Program,” a 20-week program designed to welcome previously incarcerated individuals back into the community and to help them navigate the personal and practical aspects of reintegration. We have received cooperation from many local congregations in this work, as well as grants from the Jeannette F. Schlobach fund of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley; the New York State Convention of Universalists; and the Unitarian Universalist Association.

One of the Fellowship’s proudest moments came when our former minister, Kay Greenleaf, put herself on the front lines to marry same-sex couples in New York State. We stood with our previous minister on the steps of the New Paltz Town Hall as she went inside to face the judge and court.

We generally meet at 7pm on the first Wednesday of the month. Please feel free to join us! We welcome new ideas and visions!

The Fellowship has been involved in social justice ever since it began.

In 1968, the Fellowship joined with four other local faith communities to sponsor the development of affordable housing for area senior citizens. INTERFAITH TOWERS completed construction in 1974.

Important links for social justice issues: