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

Second Tuesdays in the Clara Barton Room

CONSIDERING SANCTUARY  

This will be the focus of our discussion at the regular Social Justice Ministry Team meeting on May 9 (7-9PM) in the Clara Barton Room. The Sanctuary Movement is a growing movement of faith and immigrant communities doing what Congress and the Administration refuse to do: protect and stand with immigrants facing deportation. Members pledge to protect immigrant families who face workplace discrimination or unjust deportation. Unitarian Universalists are joining the many religious leaders, congregations, and faith-based organizations of all denominations who are part of the Movement.  http://www.uua.org/immigration/witness/partners/newsanctuary

Our faiths calls us to live out our principles and values, and as a faith community we have a moral calling to bear witness and serve. So, what would it take to offer sanctuary in the Boston Metro since it isn’t currently offered?

Now is the time to prepare the way so that when cases arise, we’re ready to act. Usually, by the time a person needs Sanctuary, all other legal avenues have been pursued and a final order of deportation has been issued. There may be little time, a few days, or a few months left for a person before being deported when a congregation is approached.

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HELPING LOCAL REFUGEES 

You can directly help local refugees by contributing to the Quarterly Food Drive at the Worcester Islamic Center. If you are interested in volunteering on the day of distribution (Sunday, May 14), contact Linda Clark. LindaandPete@comcast.net

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 Principl -pes…

  • 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.

 


CONGRATULATIONS!

The Ruth Rowan Award

UU Mass Action created this award in honor of our former board member, 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.

 

If you would like more detailed email updates regarding First Parish Northboro’s Social Justice Ministry contact Linda Clark. LindaandPete@comcast.net  

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