4-star Service Committee

I got a solicitation letter from the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) today. I’m normally sour about solicitation letters and the UUSC hasn’t been so hot in recent years, having a weird-ambiguous relationship with congregational Unitarian Universalism and a less-than-perfect efficiency rating by services like Charity Navigator. But the print piece and its new logo is very cute, and cute has its place in this world. I wanted to see more. Alas, their website — www.uusc.org — in the old style! (Why?)

Old style or not, there was a feature there that caught my attention: the Service Committee has been awarded a Charity Navigator four-star rating, the highest available. See for yourself. And now I see the UUSC can steward its donors money effectively, I’ll look to see if its projects are something (the mission is good) I want to support.

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.


  1. Glad you noticed the top rating of UUSC. As a Board Member, I’ve observed remarkable progress in delivering programs effectively under the leadership of Charlie Clements, and Board chair Bill Schulz, and VP Mark McPeak. UUSC is thriving and making a difference on international and domestic issues. Say more about the relationship with congregational UUism…in what way weird? UUSC is a voluntary association, a membership organization, like so many U and U’s have generated. I do find it a challenge to motivate parishioners to become UUSC members.

  2. I’ll reply — probably in a few days — in detail. I don’t want to lose my “newcomer’s eyes” with the UUSC promotional material so I’ll probably blog in real time, reviewing what I make of how the Service Committee sets out and implements its mission.

    But I have noticed a welcome and encouraging newness.

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