All of Us Need All of Us to Make It!*

The JUSTICE MINISTRY usually meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, in the Clara Barton Room.  Next meeting is January 9th

How does First Parish promote justice, near and far?


Sunday offertory contributions support service organizations (eg. UUSC, SPLC), the local Families in Transition holiday gift-card program coordinated by Rita Rehberg, and Community Meals coordinated by Alicia Coderre and Adi Pandit.  Church members help the Worcester Islamic Center’s quarterly Food Drive.


Concern for economic justice is the top priority this year. Table Talk after Sunday services will also include topics of racial justice and immigrant rights. 

Book discussions are being scheduled for January. 

The Warmth of Other Suns has been selected for the stories from the “Jim Crow” era that is fundamental to understanding the system of white supremacy that exists today.

Preview book by Isabel Wilkerson – The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration is a highly acclaimed historical study by Isabel Wilkerson, which received the National Book Award for Nonfiction. Wikipedia Originally published: September 7, 2010 AuthorIsabel Wilkerson 


Witness events will be announced as timely as possible. Advocacy opportunities are posted on the church website and the UU Mass Action website. Ballot question initiatives on fair wages, paid family leave, limiting corporate campaign influence, require registered voter signatures this month. An environmental education and advocacy website page is under development by Jeanne Cahill.

We welcome all your ideas!  Please contact Linda Clark to be added to the Justice Ministry group email.


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


Facing Down the Legacy of Slavery



You can directly help local refugees by contributing to the Quarterly Food Drive at the Worcester Islamic Center. Many thanks for the offering on November 26 and the volunteers who joined the effort. The next event will be in March.

The Worcester Islamic Center distributed their Winter Food Drive on December 10, 2017



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.

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


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:



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.


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