All of Us Need All of Us to Make It!*Regular Meetings of the Social Justice Ministry Team

Resume in the Clara Barton Room on September 12, from 7-9 PM
We will not be having regular events thus Summer, but we will be planning a half-day “retreat” and social event in August to review our Mission and Vision for the coming year. Invitations and a doodle poll to select a date will be sent via a group e-mail. please contact Linda Clark if you would like to be added to the Social Justice Ministry group.

We plan to distribute a “doodle poll” this summer that includes ideas for learning, service and advocacy so that First Parish members and friends can participate in the discernment for how we will prioritize our Justice Ministry within our congregation.

There will be opportunities to collaborate with the Westborough congregation and possibly Grafton/Upton. There may also be able to build connections to other neighboring congregations for resources and collective actions. We had people travel to Hudson & Stows for #Black Lives Matter, so we will follow-up  with them next year.

UU Mass Action is our primary local resource, so check their website and facebook pages for up to date opportunities.

There will be updates on this page through July and August.

If you are looking for some summer reading and/or watching informative lectures and discussions, see the Resources Page.

HELPING LOCAL REFUGEES 

You can directly help local refugees by contributing to the Quarterly Food Drive at the Worcester Islamic Center. Let me know if you want to be contacted to participate in the future. The next event will be in August. Contact: Linda Clark

The Worcester Islamic Center distributed their Spring Food Drive on March 25, 2017. It was our pleasure to help a little!

Social Justice Ministry

As a committee we bring diverse experiences with volunteer and professional service and points of awakening to the actuality of oppression. We bring a variety of talents and skills that we would like to share. Our common assertion is that we want to help create a better world for all our children and grandchildren based on our Unitarian Universalist Principles.We meet the Second (2nd) Tuesday of each month to strive to better live be at least three of our Principles…

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all

We will continue to explore opportunities for service and witness and engage the congregation in prioritizing our efforts. We will work towards forming alliances when possible and combining resources where movements intersect to include some of the following issues:

  • Voting Rights
  • Food Insecurity “FFIT”
  • Gun Violence
  • #Black Lives Matter
  • Immigrant Rights
  • LGBTQ Rights
  • Economic Justice
  • End Mass Incarceration
  • Environmental/Climate Change

UU ADVOCACY DAY 2017

UU ADVOCACY DAY was a great day of participation in our democracy! We had a team of five from First Parish. were inspired during worship, informed about current bills before the legislature before our walk to the State House and invigorated by collaboration with like minded people, We will bring you ideas for you to consider.

Check out this link:

 

CONGRATULATIONS!

The Ruth Rowan Award
UU Mass Action created this award in honor of our former board membeUUr, Ruth Rowan.

ruth-rowan-2016Ruth was a board member from 2014 to 2016. She became a member of First Parish Northborough UU in 1985.
Ruth is an accomplished flautist and choir member who, for many years, has generously shared her musical talents during worship services and at many UU gatherings. Ruth is passionate about living her values and principles by taking action and engaging in social justice. It is in honor of her love of music and justice that we name this award for her.

Rev. Fred Small received the award at Advocacy Day 2017.

 

Feel free to follow my personal posts on social media and to share any posts that reflect our Seven Principles on your own Facebook pages. Discussion welcome!

*Theresa Ines Soto, Interim Minister at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Flint