Becoming a Good Trouble Congregation

The Aiken UU Church is working on officially becoming a Good Trouble Congregation. The South Carolina UU Justice Alliance, SC NAACP and UU the Vote issued a challenge to churches to earn this designation, and the Social Justice Committee voted to proudly pursue this.

The criteria to become a Good Trouble Congregation are challenging, and we will have to work hard to achieve this. But it is a worthy goal for our congregation. One of the criteria we are currently working on is to write 20 letters or postcards per member (about 1400) urging targeted voters (such as people of color or low-income constituencies) to go to the polls.

On Sunday, August 28, we kicked off our effort to meet this challenge by having a sermon on Good Trouble: Living Our Democratic Values followed by writing letters to key voters urging them to register and go to the polls.

We have until November 8 to achieve our goal, and many more events will follow. It will take all of us to meet this goal.

Approximately 20 church members and friends stayed after the service to write letters.
Rev. Dr. Jean Heriot, AUUC Affiliate Minister, and Sandy Hochel, Chair of the Social Justice Committee, explained the process of writing the letters.