Fellowship Sponsored Social Action
The Black Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship commits to helping reverse the trend of escalating inequality in the Black Hills. Ultimately our Fellowship envisions a partnership with community organizations to provide housing, treatment, and gainful employment to the most marginalized people in our community. That focus will be reaching out to the homeless, to people stuck in the downward spiral of substance abuse, and those living in the margins of our community. We plan to pursue these long-term goals by:
- Learning about and from the Most marginalized people in the community
- Look for opportunities to volunteer in local organizations
- Build bridges to community organizations in helping manifest visions to solutions
- Maintaining a persistent and diligent community profile
Member and Affiliated Social Action
Dakota Rural Action is a grassroots, family agriculture and conservation group that organizes South Dakotans to protect our family farmers and ranchers, natural resources, and unique way of life. Locally, the Black Hills Chapter organizes to stop uranium mining in the Black Hills and to promote local food economies through a farm-to-consumer co-op, farm-to-school initiatives, and policy changes that promote local food access. You can learn more at dakotarural.org.
The Black Hills Center for Equality (www.bhcfe.org) is a local organization in Western South Dakota that provides community and support for LGBTQUIA+ community and others in our area. They advocate for equal access and an inclusive South Dakota, including Rapid City and the surrounding area, and partner with similar organizations across our state. They also sponsor many events throughout the year including Black Hills Pride, an LGBT Prom, and youth events, and offer support via PFLAG meetings, transgender support groups, and community vigils and awareness activities. We are honored to have members actively involved in this group as volunteers, on the BHCFE board, and to support LGBT+ pride and equality in our community and congregation whenever and wherever possible.