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2011 — Planting the Seeds of Justice

2011 — Planting the Seeds of Justice

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2011 Annual Report of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)
2011 Annual Report of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)

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 Planting the Seeds of Justice
UUSC 2011 Annual Report
 
UUSC advances human rights and social justice around the world, partneringwith those who conront unjust powerstructures and mobilizing to challengeoppressive policies.
Global reach o UUSCs human-rights work
54 partner organizations in 22 countries
UUSC envisions a world ree romoppression and injustice, where allcan realize their ull human rights.
UUSC works with a wide range o partner organizations throughout the world — bolstering workers’rights, promoting the human right to water, deending civil liberties, and protecting rights in the midst o humanitarian crises.Want a comprehensive look at UUSC’s grassroots partners on the ground? Visit
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And or an interactive sense o the global scope, check out
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Cover photo: A Pakistani woman aected by the 2010 monsoon fooding.
The AmericAs
ArgentinaBoliviaEcuadorGuatemalaHaitiMexicoPeruUnited States
AfricA
KenyaSomaliaSouth Arica Tanzania TunisiaUganda
middle eAsT
EgyptGazaIraq
AsiA
AghanistanJapanMyanmarPakistanPhilippines
Our MissionOur Vision
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Dear Friends, The metaphor around which this year’s annual report revolves is that o a tree as itgrows rom seedling to sapling to ruit-bearing to old-growth stage. It’s a homelyimage but one with rich spiritual overtones. In the midst o his lamentations, orexample, Job suddenly says, “For there is hope in a tree . . . Though its roots grow oldin the earth and its stump is dying in the ground, i it scents water it may break intobud and make new growth like a young plant.”We like the image o a tree as a metaphor or our work. For one thing, the deeper theroots o a tree, the taller it can grow — and UUSC is indeed deeply rooted in its own71-year-old history o rescue and sacrice, courage and conrontation. For another,the healthiest trees adapt to their surroundings, to new realities, and UUSC is everevolving to address the needs o a new age. This year we have taken a host o steps to meet those needs. Following the guidancelaid out in the strategic plan that the UUSC Board o Trustees adopted in the summero 2010, we have launched the College o Social Justice. Through this new initiative,we intend to see that every UUSC member who wants to do hands-on social-justicework has the opportunity to do so, every youth who wants to put her or his religiousvalues into action can nd a place to do that, and every congregation that wantsto be a more eective agent o change has the skills to be so. We have signicantlyexpanded online activism; we are working more closely than ever with the UnitarianUniversalist Association. And we are also doing rigorous impact assessments o ourprograms to make sure your dollars are doing the most good they possibly can; wecontinually seek out the most eective and innovative ways to improve the state o human rights in a desperate world.All o that and more are laid out in the pages that ollow. You’ll nd stories o howUUSC, like Thoreau, has tramped thousands o miles around the world to keep ourappointments with those people, those partners — those seeds, saplings, and ull-growth coniers, i you will — who embody our values and make our dreams real.But none o this would happen without those who supply the sunlight and the water.Ater all, as Job knew, a tree requires much more than good intentions to break intobud. You are the ones who nurture this enterprise and make it ourish.Without you, we would wither away. Thanks to you, UUSC stands tall, proud,resplendent. Deepest appreciation to you or being such good and gracious tenderso our garden.William F. SchulzPresident and CEO
“I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keepan appointment with a beech tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintanceamong the pines.” 
—Henry David Toreau
John GibbonsChair, Board o Trustees, FY 2011William F. SchulzJohn Gibbons
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