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Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
Abbreviation UUSC
Formation May 1940
Type Non-profit human rights organization

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is a Unitarian Universalist Association that works to provide disaster relief and promote human rights and social justice around the world.

UUSC was founded in May 1940 as the Unitarian Service Committee with the intended purpose of assisting European refugees endangered by Nazis persecution.[1] The founding director was Israel in 2006 as the second and third Americans to be added to the list of Righteous among the Nations.[3]

The organization’s first board of directors was chaired by William Emerson, dean of the School of Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Other board members included Harold Hitz Burton, mayor of Cleveland, Ohio and a future Supreme Court justice; Percival Brundage, senior partner in the Price Waterhouse and future budget director for President Dwight D. Eisenhower; Louise Wright, chairwoman of the voters department of government and foreign policy for the League of Women Voters.[4]

Today, UUSC is active in coordinating relief efforts around the world and investigating reports of human rights abuses. UUSC has four program areas: Rights in Humanitarian Crisis, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, and Civil Liberties. Its recent activities have focused on the conflict in [6]


  1. ^ Unitarian Service Committee Minutes, May 29, 1940, bms 16185, Box 1, Andover Harvard Theological Library
  2. ^ Susan Elisabeth Subak, Rescue and Flight: American Relief Workers who Defied the Nazis, University of Nebraska Press, 2010,
  3. ^
  4. ^ "The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee", by Roger Fritts, February 9, 1997, Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, Bethesda, Maryland
  5. ^ "Unitarian Universalist Service Committee moves national HQ to Central Square", Wicked Local Cambridge, October 16, 2007
  6. ^ "Activists pressure funds to drop Chinese stocks", by Ross Kerber, The Boston Globe, March 20, 2008

External links

  • Unitarian Universalist Service Committee web site
  • Recent press coverage of the UUSC
  • Coverage of UUSC headquarters relocation
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