Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)

What is it?

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is a human rights organization powered by grassroots collaboration. In 15 countries throughout the world, UUSC fosters social justice and works toward a world free from oppression. UUSCʼs innovative approaches and measurable impact are grounded in the moral belief that all people have inherent power, dignity, and rights.

Important Milestones

1939: Rev. Waitstill and spouse Martha Sharp traveled to Europe under the sponsorship of the American Unitarian Association to help refugees escape Nazi persecution.

1940: Unitarian Service Committee established to continue and formalize this humanitarian service.   Celebrating 75 years in 2015!

1945: Universalist Service Committee founded to support relief work in Europe.  They have been doing incredible humanitarian service projects ever since.

1963: Unitarian Service Committee merged with the Universalist Service Committee to form UUSC.

 What is UUSC doing now?

Today, UUSC is a nonsectarian organization whose work around the world is guided by the values of Unitarian Universalism and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Our program introduces you to grassroots leaders around the world who are advancing human rights. As you gather together with your family and friends to take part in Guest at Your Table, we ask you to figuratively invite those leaders into your community — to your table — through sharing their stories. We think of these leaders as our “guests.” We look forward to introducing them to you this fall!



Blue Buckets Campaign

Blue Bucket CampaignSupport people in Kenya and other communities protecting their water in the face of climate change.

Why support UUSC?

In more than a dozen countries throughout the world, UUSC fosters social justice and works toward a world free from oppression. UUSC’s innovative approaches and measurable impact are grounded in the moral belief that all people have inherent power, dignity, and rights.  UUSC puts our UU principles into action. UUSC is our Premier Social Justice Organization & well-respected 501(c)(3) in the non-profit world.

 Who is in charge?

President Rev. Dr. William F. Schulz who was President of the UUA, then executive director of Amnesty International USA for 12 years before becoming CEO of Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC).  He graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio, received a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago and a doctor of ministry degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School at the University of Chicago, and holds eight honorary degrees.  If you ever have the opportunity to hear him speak—definitely do so. He is dynamic, incredibly on point and funny.

Submitted by Anne Thorward, UUSC rep to Monte Vista UU Congregation