The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee advances human rights through grassroots collaborations.
History of Guest at Your Table
Guest at Your Table has been an important part of UUSC and congregational culture for 40 years. Each year, involvement in Guest at Your Table grows — strengthening UU connections to our shared principles and helping to challenge injustice throughout the world. This year, we are adding new features to make it more fun for families and more meaningful for people regardless of their congregational connections.
Guest at Your Table has evolved from a charitable drive to a multigenerational human rights awareness and action program. Other similar efforts have occurred in the United States since the depression era. UUSC’s program made its debut in 1975, following former UUSC staff member Warren Salinger's trip to the Netherlands. While there, he was inspired by a similar organization's program, entitled "Gast aan Tafel," to educate its supporters about its work, and to raise vital funds, through the use of colorful boxes the whole family enjoyed.
UU congregations and individuals in the United States and around the world participate in this important annual tradition. We come together, learn about people directly connected to human rights work, reflect on our own lives, and raise funds to advance justice in communities near and far. This is also a time to invite new members to join UUSC and take action in support of our shared vision.