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Our Affirmation of Covenant, which we recite each Sunday, includes the line “Service is our Prayer.” Part of our UU tradition is to “Stand on the Side of Love” when issues of social justice arise. The Social Justice & Outreach Committee is a dedicated group of people who help plan and organize a variety of efforts to promote justice in our local and wider community.



The SJO committee meets every third Thursday at the Church from 7 PM to 8:30 PM. We invite anyone with interest in Social Justice Issues to join us as a Committee Member or as a guest.

On the second Sunday of every month we offer a Community Plate Offering that goes to a selected local organization involved in a Social Justice Issue of importance to our congregants. Organizations supported have included RHD Stay Program for people with intellectual & developmental disabilities, Memphis Crisis Center, Workers Interfaith Network, Child Advocacy Center, Literacy Mid-south, Church Health Center, food banks, and many others over the past years.


Michael LaBonte, Memphis Crisis Center


Once a month, on the 4th Wednesday evening, we sponsor a speaker &/or facilitator from a local Social Justice organization or from our church community on a topic that is important to our members. These events are always open to the public and can take the form of a movie, power point presentation, or other format followed by a facilitated discussion. Recent topics have included Health Care Inequality and “Capitalism, a Love Story.” Other planned topics include Hunger in America and Responsible Gun Control. These activities will continue and topics and speakers will be posted on the church calendar, in the church monthly newsletter, and when appropriate in local media publications.

There are several annual community events that are very important to our congregation. First, we are a major sponsor of the Mid-South Pride Festival every year, offering financial support, providing an information booth during the festival, and having a large contingent participate in the parade on Beale Street.

We also have an ongoing partnership with the Bond Homes, group homes for mentally disabled adults in North Memphis. During the December Holiday Season each year, we celebrate with a party and gifts for the residents. This also has become a source of pride for our congregation and will continue to take a priority position in our activities.

Twice yearly, members of the congregation assist at the First Presbyterian Soup Kitchen in downtown Memphis – another service project that is important to the members of our congregation. Participants collect items such as socks and toiletries for the needy, as well as volunteer to serve lunch on a Sunday afternoon.

We welcome all members and guests of Neshoba to participate in all of our Social Justice activities. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religious tradition dedicated to a "free and responsible search for truth and meaning".  We believe no religion has a monopoly on truth, and we seek wisdom from a variety of religious and secular sources.  Our congregation includes liberal Christians, (neo)Pagans, and Buddhists, as well as humanists, agnostics, and atheists.  We are a non-creedal, non-authoritarian tradition united by a commitment to social justice, a shared search for spiritual growth, and especially by our shared values, as articulated by our 7 Principles:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

We believe we all have something to teach, and we all have something to learn. For more information about Unitarian Universalism, please visit:

For further questions about Unitarian Universalism or about Neshoba in particular, please contact [email protected] or [email protected].

Neshoba's many committees are tasked with tending the myriad aspects of nurturing and growing our Church community, under the governance of our Board of Directors. Most committees have open membership, and most meet monthly. All Members are encouraged to find their niche and Get Involved!



Committees and Teams

Building and Grounds Committee ([email protected]) Building and Grounds is responsible for maintenance and upkeep of Neshoba's grounds and facilities. Their responsibilities include overseeing and coordinating landscaping, housekeeping, and repairs. Building and Grounds meets monthly or as needed. 

Care Committee ([email protected]) The Care Committee exists to keep the Neshoba community apprised of care needs among members and friends of the church, and to organize efforts in meeting those needs. The Care Committee meets as needed.  

Committee on Ministry ([email protected]) The Committee on Ministry serves as the congregation's liaison with the minister and as the minister's "sounding board." Active only during a settled ministry, the COM provides confidential support to the minister in the performance of her ministerial duties. Meetings are closed, with members selected by the Minister with Board input. The COM meets as needed.   

Communications Committee  ([email protected]) The Communications Committee exists to facilitate communication among members of Neshoba and to the community at large. The Committee is responsible for managing Neshoba's marketing efforts, maintaining our internet presence, managing social media, coordinating internal communications, etc. The Communications Committee meets at 6:30 on the first Tuesday of each month. 

Finance Committee ([email protected]) The Finance Committee is committed to ensuring the financial integrity of the church. Their duties include preparing the annual budget, monitoring cash flow, recommending improvements to internal financial controls, ensuring transparent financial reporting to the congregation, etc.  The Finance Committee meets at 6:30 on the second Thursday of each month. 

Membership Committee ([email protected]) The Membership Committee is responsible for ensuring that Neshoba is a welcoming environment for new Members and guests, while helping them integrate fully into church life. Their responsibilities include greeting and welcoming new Members and guests, helping Members identify volunteer opportunities and interest groups, coordinating classes for new UUs, maintaining the membership database, etc. The Membership Committee meets at 6:30 on the fourth Tuesday of each month. 

Nominating Committee ([email protected]) The Nominating Committee provides a slate of nominees (officers and board members) to the church members for election. The Nominating Committee meets as needed. 

Planning Committee ([email protected]) The Planning Committee serves to assist committees and groups in developing annual objectives and strategic activities that support the church’s purpose, mission and goals. This committee includes representatives from the Board and from standing committees, and meets as scheduled by the Chair.

Program Council The Program Council serves as an opportunity for committee chairs to briefly report on activities of the previous month, review future church activities, and facilitate a resolution to scheduling conflicts, if necessary. The Program Council meets on the 3rd Tuesday at 6:15, immediately before the Board of Directors meeting.

Religious Exploration Committee – Youth ([email protected], [email protected]) The RE Committee exists to encourage the individual, group, spiritual, and social justice development of the children and youth of the church through education. This committee works closely with the DRE to discuss the religious programming needs of our community and to oversee the RE staff of volunteers. The RE Committee meets at 7:30 on the second Tuesday of each month.    

Religious Exploration Committee – Adult ([email protected]) The role of the Adult Religious Education Committee is to encourage the individual, group, spiritual, and social justice development of adults of the church through education including classes, discussion groups, speakers and small group participation. 

Social Justice & Outreach Committee ([email protected]) The Social Justice and Outreach Committee works to advance human rights and social justice throughout our wider community. The Social Justice Committee meets at 7pm on the third Thursday of each month. 

Stewardship Committee ([email protected]) The Stewardship Committee is dedicated to ensuring the continued health of our congregation by encouraging members to support the church through pledges of time, talent, and treasure. Their responsibilities include organizing our annual campaign pledge drive, monitoring members' progress toward fulfilling pledges, sending periodic giving statements, and implementing additional fundraising events (beyond the annual pledge drive) that may be necessary for the fiscal well-being of the church. 

Worship Committee ([email protected]) The role of the Worship Committee is to assist the minister in providing worship experiences for the congregation. Their responsibilities include coordinating Sunday services in the minister’s absence, serving as a sounding board for sermon and service ideas of the minister, enhancing the worship space by setting up the Sanctuary for Sunday services, providing storytellers, and coordinating volunteers to make announcements before each service. The Worship Committee meets at 6:45 on the second Tuesday of each month.


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