We believe that working for Social Justice is an expression of our Unitarian Universalist faith in action. We address many different social justice issues at a local, regional and global level. Come and inspire us! If there is a social justice or social action issue you feel strongly about, this is the place where you can get the support and encouragement to put your passion into action.
This year all social justice leaders will gather for a “Social Justice Ministries Roundtable,” monthly reflection, collaboration and planning. If you identify as a leader or an activist or want to be part of the team of visionaries and planners, this is the opportunity to consider ways that collaborative initiatives can create shared impact by examining the relationship between our organized actions and the connection to our Unitarian Universalist values.
This group is Co-facilitated by Anne Principe, Director of Faith Development and Seth Robinson, Youth Coordinator.
Here are some of the things we do:
Join us for hands-on involvement in social action projects such as Habitat for Humanity, Jericho Road Project (working with non-profit agencies in nearby Lawrence), Walk for Hunger, Reading Food Pantry, serving dinner at a homeless shelter, The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute in Dorchester, the Food Project, or a beach clean-up day. The UU Urban Ministry invites participation in the Roxbury Youth Programs—an after-school program focused on helping youth develop the academic, interpersonal and leadership skills that will empower them to be leaders in their families, schools and communities.
Join us for after church or weeknight educational programs on important issues. Past forums included Ethical Eating, Environmentally Sustainable Living, Economic Justice, Hunger and Distribution of Food, Racism, Classism, Ipswich River Preservation, Protection of Whales and other Sea Mammals, Water Rights, Middle East Peace, Individuals and Families with Developmental Disabilities, and Homelessness.
Advocacy and Witness:
We get directly involved in issues such as Marriage Equality, Economic Justice, and Environmental Sustainability. Join us for everything from postcard writing campaigns to visiting our elected officials, from marching in the streets to standing in protest on a picket line. Through UUMASS Action, our denomination’s statewide lobbying and advocacy organization, we can make sure our progressive religious voice in heard on Beacon Hill.
Through our church members’ generosity, we have provided financial support for organizations doing important work such as Catalyst Foundation (working with orphaned youth in Vietnam), UU Urban Ministry (working with inner city youth), Mission of Deeds (a local organization providing household items to previously homeless families and individuals), Precious Cause (a fund to raise money for SOS Children’s Village for AIDS orphans in Botswana, Africa), Foundation for International Community Assistance Village Banking (helping woman in Haiti finance small businesses), KIDS IN AMAZON (school supplies for kids in the rain forest, and Skate Afghanistan (a youth outreach program in Afghanistan).
Ways to be involved in Social Action: You can be involved as little or as much as you would like, from helping out with a one time event to becoming an active committee member. Contact our Member Services Coordinator to get involved (781-944-0494 or email).