Unitarian Universalist presence in the state of West Virginia is deeply needed and wanted in today’s climate.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Charleston, WV is West Virginia’s largest UU congregation, and the only one in the state which is minister-led. All UU congregations in West Virginia are dedicated to serve as beacons of hope, love and progressive religion in the state. Because of our size and location in the nation’s capital, our congregation feels a sense of responsibility in being a part of this state-wide UU effort to share the good news of our faith in our state.
Our congregation is known throughout the area as leaders in environmental and social justice issues. We are known as a place of sanctuary for many peoples: Pagans, atheists, theists, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, agnostics, younger folks, older folks, activists and those in recovery. Most recently, those who felt fear and despair following our presidential election came surging in through our doors.
And now, we need help. Our parking lot is in need of repairs, our doors and entry ramp are falling apart, and many who want to come can’t get in.
Let me tell you a bit more about us. We are a caring congregation, who is deeply committed to our community. This is clearly seen in our efforts to be a part of assistance following the water crises our state has experienced in recent years. We raised tens of thousands of dollars for groups working to protect people and water after the Charleston chemical spill in 2014 contaminated the drinking water of 300,000 people. In the Summer of 2016, we again raised thousands, using this to help those ravaged by the June floods. By staying in relationship with community leaders and a variety of partners, we were able to identify gaps between immediate flood relief and long term recovery.
One example of this was our collaboration with Kanawha County School’s homeless coordinator and area principals and teachers, to identify needs of families displaced by the flood. Many were in transitional housing, living in tents or campers, staying with family, or back in their own housing with only the most urgent repairs being attended to. Many children and families were sleeping on floors with nowhere to store their belongings. With the help of many of you, we were able to provide beds and dressers, making their difficult living situation livable.
Our congregation, which has helped so many, needs help now. Help us continue to grow as a beacon of hope and love in our state. Help us be able to open our doors to all who wish to enter.
We are raising these funds through a Faithify campaign, which has more information on our repair projects, as well as a donation link.
Thank you for considering helping us to bring more love and justice to our community.
Operations and Outreach Coordinator
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Charleston, WV