We meet on the third Wednesday of alternating months at 5:30 pm at the church.
Our Mission: to stimulate the active involvement of our congregation in making a positive impact on the community and the world in which we live.
Our Objectives: will be accomplished locally, nationally, and globally, through both social service and social justice. Social service collaborative projects will address emergency relief and other community needs, whereas social justice work will address structural injustice and discrimination.
Congregational Survey: In a survey of our congregation, the top issues included: Peace Advocacy, Protecting the Environment, Homelessness/Affordable Housing, Racial Oppression and Racial Bridging, and Hunger. Thus much of the effort has been in these areas.
Room in the Inn
Actions speak louder than words. If you care about homeless women in our community, do something about it. Start by signing up for the next Room in the Inn. This usually takes place several times a year on a Friday at the Black Mountain Presbyterian Church or the Black Mountain United Methodist Church. We will need drivers, overnight volunteers, and servers as well as folks to prepare three hearty meals. By the way, if you heard the praise the women have for the meals we provide you would blush. Contact Connie Krochmal for details and check our special events and calendar for dates.
Community Bulletin Board
The Social Action Committee along with others in the wider community worked to bring about a new community bulletin board in the center of Black Mountain. Tom Motzko crafted it and it was dedicated to UUCSV member Rita Styer who was on the committee and died in November, 2010. Chamber Executive Director Bob McMurray cuts the ribbon on November 23 as Rita’s family and others celebrate the opening and remember Rita’s love of community and family.
Habitat for Humanity
UUCSV has been working on Habitat projects each year since 2010. In the fall of 2015 UUCSV helped to build another interfaith home for the Ender family of 5.
For the 13th year in 2011, the Asheville area Interfaith community came together to raise funds and help build another Habitat for Humanity house in Carney Place in west Asheville. This was the year UUCSV first joined with 15 other churches and congregations to help build the Interfaith home.
The partner family included Tanya Presha and her three children (see photo), who were overjoyed to partner with Habitat. Tanya worked for the Asheville City School system for 15 years: the last five of which she has coordinated the Dropout Prevention Program. Several years ago, Tanya made a long-term goal to own her own home. Knowing she needed to improve her education and earning power, she returned to school and graduated from Shaw University with a bachelor’s degree in social work.
In a survey of our congregation, we decided that peace advocacy should be our number one social concern to address. Thus, on August 6, 2005, sixteen members and friends of our congregation journeyed to the gates of the Y–12 plant in Oak Ridge, TN, for the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. We joined over one thousand others from all over the nation to protest the continued enhancement of nuclear weapons. This was the largest such gathering in east Tennessee history.
MLK Peace Walk
In addition, members of the congregation have participated in peace demonstrations in Washington, D.C. as well as local demonstrations such as the MLK Peace Walk in Asheville. Peace continues to be important to our congregation.