Take Action, Social Justice, Green Sanctuary

“The people of KUUC are committed to actively creating compassionate community and working for a fair and peaceful world.”

Our Gathering Principles

We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote:

The inherent worth and dignity of every person;

Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations;

Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;

A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;

The right of conscience and use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;

The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;

Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.



A recent University of New Hampshire poll found that over 80% of New Hampshire voters think that 2020 presidential candidates should discuss their views on nuclear weapons. We couldn’t agree more.

A lot of important issues are being addressed so far in the election: climate change, immigration, racial justice, gun control, health care. But we’re missing discussion on a major issue – nuclear weapons.

Why does it matter? Today, there are over 14,000 nuclear weapons on the planet—and the United States and Russia own 90 percent of them. We still have some crazy nuclear policies, like maintaining the right to start a nuclear war, and putting the sole authority to launch these deadly weapons in one person’s hands: the president. And while the federal government is currently planning to spend $1.5 trillion rebuilding our entire nuclear arsenal, younger voters will be the ones to inherit thousands of these deadly weapons, and to cover that cost with our tax dollars.

With stakes this high, every 2020 presidential candidate should have a strong position on these issues. This fall, students and activists across the country are calling on candidates to take a stand and tell us – the voters – what they plan to do to make us safe from nuclear war.

Join us September 19 at the Antioch campus (exact location TBA) at 6pm to make sure candidates are hearing what we have to say about nukes. Come have some free food, hear what the candidates are saying (or not saying) on this issue, and make your voice heard.


Our own Sarah Wilton is part of a group planning a public witness and social mobilization here in Keene as part of a global movement to break the log-jam on the world-wide Climate Change Crisis. On September 20 at 3 P.M. a number of public witness actions are expected so that we can mobilize the people and stop this emergency situation before it gets worse. For decades, governments have delayed taking real action on climate change initiatives, many have avoided telling the truth and leaders have ignored, called into question or outright denied scientific findings that strongly indicate the need for dramatic change in individual, national and international behavior and policy. It’s time to bring the case to the people as our last, best hope.

If you wish to find out more about local efforts for the September actions, or help out in the effort contact Sarah at chapingay@aol.com



I am so proud of our church!!!  The efforts this weekend, with many people involved, make our mission alive and real:  We were “actively creating compassionate community,” and our signs and our voices left no doubt that we are actively involved in “working for a fair and peaceful world!”

Friday night, March 23, many from KUUC attended the sign making party in the Parish Hall, joining folks from MPA and the greater Keene community- from young to old.  We made so many signs!!! Extras were taken to the rally and given out on Saturday morning.  We talked about it being one way to build community.

Saturday morning a group from KUUC gathered and then walked together to Central Square, many of us wearing the bright yellow “Side of Love” sweatshirts (we certainly could be seen!). Then we gathered back at KUUC for soup, bread, coffee and desserts.  There were also members of the community that joined us, and they thanked us for having the church open.

So a huge thank you to everyone who helped make signs, donated food, marched, kept the church open, and cleaned up and locked up.  It was a wonderful team effort!

NoteDid you spot the four members of KUUC who were on the front page of the Keene Sentinel?           Gratefully, D’Vorah Kelley 


Long-Haul People ~ by UU Rev. Rudy Nemser, Shared by Rev Olivia Holmes
You find them in churches
when you’re lucky;
other places, too, though I mostly
only know ecclesiastical varieties.
Long-haul people,
Upon whose shoulders
(and pocketbooks and casseroles
And daylight/nighttime hours)
a church is built and maintained
after the brass is tarnished and
cushions need re-stitching

they pay their pledges in full and on time
even when the music’s modern;
support each [stewardship] drive
though the sermons aren’t always short;
mow lawns and come to suppers;
teach Sunday school when
there’s no one else and they’ll miss the service.

Asked what they think of the minister,
or plans for the kitchen renovation,
or the choral anthem, or Christmas pageant
or color of the bathroom paint,
they’ll reply: individuals and fashions
arrive and pass.
The church – their church – will be here, steady and hale,
For a long, long time.
It will.
For long-haul people bless a church
with a very special blessing.