Social Responsibility

Peace Pole

On September 18, 2016 the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rock Valley planted a Peace Pole on our grounds to honor the United Nations International Day of Peace! A Peace Pole is a visible symbol of our Unitarian Universalist covenant “to affirm and promote: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.”

Peace Pole Our Peace Pole represents the prayer of “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in languages of many nations, including Anishinabe (Ojibwa), Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, Hebrew, Spanish, and Swahili. It also has the affirmation “May peace be in our Communities.”

We affirmed our promotion of peace on Earth by placing representations of flags from nations around the world at the base of our Peace Pole.

Our Peace Pole joined tens of thousands of other Peace Poles planted in 180 nations on all continents around the world and links our efforts with other peoples’ in the same spirit of peace.
The planting of the Peace Pole is a beginning point for our work to promote peace. We have also begun plans to develop a “peace garden” in which members and the community could reflect and meditate to support peace in our individual hearts, and a future event, a Peace Fair, to promote peace in our communities and the world. Members are welcome to contribute ideas to help support this work.

May peace prevail on Earth!
If There Is To Be Peace

If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.

If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.

If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.

If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.

If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.


Our congregation's first community service project was helping to restore the prairies, wetlands, and woods of the Nygren Wetlands Preserve, located in the Rockton, IL area. With impetus provided from a number of our church members' prior involvement with the Natural Land Institute, we have assisted the NLI to restore this 720-acre farmstead at the convergence of the Pecatonica and Rock Rivers.

This project of ecological restoration is consistent with our commitment to honor the interdependent web of life ... as well as serving our mission to promote responsible use of the earth's resources. Besides learning how to restore our land, we have had great fun together joking, singing to the plants, and building community.

We have also dedicated a garden plot on the Church property to produce food for the Caritas Food Pantry in Beloit, Wisconsin. The garden uses rain barrels and soaker hoses to conserve water and is chemical free. Over 600 pounds of vegetables were produced in 201l. Several members of our congregation volunteer working at the food pantry and in the clothing rooms at Caritas.

We also participate in THE GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP which removes trash from the environment.

Each December we participate in the Rockton Christmas Walk by hosting a JUST GOODS sale at the Church. The items sold are fair trade goods ensuring that the producers receive a fair compensation for their work.