Our congregation aspires to put its UU values into action and to be a force for healing in the world. Intergenerationally, through our committees and Lifespan Religious Education program, and as a whole congregation, we seek to learn, to advocate, and to serve and support others at local, regional, and global levels. Here’s a snapshot of some of the projects we have been involved in over the past year:

  • UUCR youth on a Boston CityReach overnight learning first-hand about homelessness from those who’ve experienced it
  • Two busloads of UUCR folk marching in Dorchester alongside thousands of others to support the mission and message of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute
  • The congregation hosting 100 Reading community members to hear Debby Irving, author of Waking Up White—a gathering organized by UUCR members and sponsored by the Reading Clergy Association and the Reading Public Library
  • All of us, on a Sunday morning, watching greetings from our partner congregation in Transylvania, and filming a return “hello”
  • Members stopping by Loring House porch to pick up their CSA boxes of fresh produce, an initiative of the UUCR’s Green Sanctuary Team that helps support local farmers

We invite all to participate and put their passion into action!

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Service to others and the Earth

Hands-on projects and ongoing connections with other groups:

  • Cooking a monthly meal for the guests at Bread & Roses in Lawrence
  • Supporting the work of Jericho Road Lawrence (now Community InRoads)
  • Taking part in monthly intergenerational “Make a Difference Sunday” projects at coffee hour
  • Raising funds so that a young UU in the Philippines can attend high school and college
  • Undecorating the Tree — providing Christmas packages (toys/clothes/stockings) for about 90 children and youth in Department of Children and Families care
  • Hosting an ongoing collection for the Reading Food Pantry
  • “Greening” of our campus

Advocacy and Witness

Learning and informing on topical issues:

  • Adults, youth, and children marching annually in the Salem, MA, Pride Parade
  • Members collecting signatures for minimum-wage and paid sick-leave ballot initiatives

Educational Forums

Learning and informing on topical issues, such as

  • Participating in a six-session discussion of Waking Up White
  • Offering a three-session adaptation of the UUA curriculum Be the Change: A UU Training for Building Multicultural, Anti-Racist Beloved Community
  • Celebrating Earth, Water, Energy, and Air on Earth Day Sunday with remarks from UUCR environmental specialists

Second Offerings and Special Offerings

Providing financial support for organizations doing important work such as

  • Bread & Roses (Lawrence)
  • UU Urban Ministry
  • Our Unitarian and UU partners in Transylvania and the Philippines
  • Louis D. Brown Peace Institute
  • UU Service Committee “Guest at Your Table”
  • UUSC-UUA special fund for Haiti after Hurricane Matthew