KUF members are individually active in Social Action. In addition, KUF has formal ties with the following groups:
KUF periodically holds letter writing groups for Amnesty International.
Child Haven took shape in 1985 in the minds and hearts of Fred and Bonnie Cappuccino, parents of 21 children, 19 of whom were adopted. Fred, a retired Unitarian minister, together with his wife Bonnie, established and run seven homes in India, Bangledesh, Tibet, and Nepal, and Tibet. They now house and school over 1000 children plus some adults. The homes were founded on a Ghandian philosophy and the original religion of each of each child is maintained. Volunteers from other countries are recruited and trained.KUF became involved in 2002 when the first dinner and auction was held in Kingston and organized by KUF at The Senior’s Centre. Later the gatherings were held at St. Margaret’s United Church, and more recently at Memorial Hall in the Kingston City Hall.
Dying With Dignity
The Canadian Unitarian Council has been active in support of individuals being able to be involved in decisions of conscience in dying with dignity. Kingston Unitarian Fellowship affirms the Unitarian Principle of “the inherent worth and dignity of every person”.
For more information, read the CUC press release at CUC Applauds Decision in Assisted Dying Case.
Repair Cafe Kingston is a new neighbourhood initiative, hosted by the Kingston Unitarian Fellowship, that promotes repair as an alternative to tossing things out. Residents of Kingston can bring their broken items to fix them on the spot with the help of voluntary repair “specialists”. Our goals are to (a) re-introduce the art of repairing to newer generations and local communities; (b) retain and spread repair knowledge and skills; (c) promote social cohesion by bringing neighbours together from different backgrounds and motivations in an accessible and inspiring meeting.
Peace Quest is a non-profit, non-denominational, and non-partisan organization based in Kingston, Ontario that supports and facilitates peace-building initiatives across Canada.
Kingston Community Chaplaincy
Offering hope and healing to communities with objectives:
- To enact the goals and principles of Restorative Justice in relation to victims, offenders and community
- To accompany men and women from incarceration to successful reintegration in the community by facilitating emotional, spiritual and practical support systems during their transition
- To assist those who are at risk of engaging in criminal activity to find constructive and life affirming community resources
- To dialogue with community groups to further their understanding of and response to the needs of offenders, victims and their families
Many Faiths, One Creation – Action Partnerships
We are a new and growing group of individuals from south eastern Ontario who are committed to taking action on the causes of climate change. Our members represent a variety of religious traditions. We believe that as people dedicated to the common good, inspired by our beliefs and energized by our spirituality, we have a shared responsibility for the protection of creation and a safe climate. While celebrating the uniqueness of our different traditions, we stand together in working for an ecologically and socially sustainable future.
Sustainable Kingston’s mission is to enhance the livability and resiliency of Kingston. We do this by sharing knowledge and providing resources and programs that drive community action.
From 2017-2020, Sustainable Kingston is focusing its work on driving measurable improvements in the Kingston community across 6 priority areas:
- Climate Action
- Environmental Stewardship
- Sense of Community
- Sustainable Transportation
- Economic Prosperity
- Food Security