Justice Ministry ~ Living Our Principles
Monthly meetings have resumed.
Second Tuesday of every month the Clara Barton Room.
Next meeting on October 10, from 7-9 PM.
We have prioritized Our Vision for the coming year based on the doodle poll and follow-up of the initiatives and connections from last year. First Parish as a whole contributes a great deal near and far. The half-plate directs funds to individual groups that are impacted by injustice in the world. Some are Service Organizations. Some are for Advocacy (such as ACLU and SPLC) The primary recipient of donations was the FITT Program. The families no longer stay at our local hotels and receive meals there, so the allocated funds have all been distributed to their Holiday and Gift Card Programs. Thank you Rita Rehberg for seeing that through.
Other Service venues are the Community Meal a the quarterly “Food Drive” at the Islamic Center. (see below).
We continue to highlight Education for ourselves and larger community at our meetings and at special events, as well as during our Sunday Worship Services. Racial Justice and Immigrant Rights will be included in the “Table Talk” after some of the Services this year We look forward to the inspiration and deepening as we use the Soul Matters themed worship and Life Long Learning that is starting up soon.
Advocacy we will promote primarily via the First Parish website http://www.firstparishnorthboro.org/1216website/justice/advocacy-and-witness-events/ with some opportunities for collecting signatures for such things as ballot initiatives, the “28th Amendment” Several of us are involved with “Health Care for All” and “End Citizen’s United.” We hope to offer a Public Forum sometime this year.
Witness events will be announced as timely as possible. You can request to be added to the Justice Ministry group e-mail by contacting Linda Clark: LindaandPete@comcast.net
Economic Justice received the most “votes.” We will be collecting signatures soon for the RAISE UP MASSACHUSETTS initiative the fight for $15 Minimum Wage and will keep the congregation informed for and mailings or witness events as they occur. See the UUMASS Action newsletter for details. http://www.uumassaction.org/uuma/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/UUMA-Newsletter-9-18-17.pdf.
Environmental Protections and Immigrant Rights received equal votes. Jeanne Cahill has agreed to lead our education and advocacy for the Environment, and will manage a page on our website soon.
We welcome all your ideas!
October 21 there will be a Habitat for Humanity Build
The Westborough congregation organized this event We hope to also meet some folks from Grafton/Upton. Contact Linda Clark to participate.
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.
HELPING LOCAL REFUGEES
You can directly help local refugees by contributing to the Quarterly Food Drive at the Worcester Islamic Center. The next event will be in December. Let me know if you want to be contacted to participate in the future. Contact: Linda Clark
The Worcester Islamic Center distributed their Spring Food Drive on March 25, 2017. It was our pleasure to help a little!
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 2017
Check out this link:
The Ruth Rowan Award
UU Mass Action created this award in honor of our former board membeUUr, Ruth Rowan.
Ruth 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