Social Justice Opportunities
This is where you can see what social justice opportunities are available through First Parish and other organizations that may be of general interest to the congregation.
Artsbridge, Inc., brings transformational change to young adults from communities in conflict. Our unique training model inspires future leaders to work creatively through their differences to develop innovative approaches to complex human problems. Artsbridge, Inc. was established in 2007 in the aftermath of the Second Intifada and in response to the prolonged, multi-faceted conflict throughout Israel and Palestine. Through an innovative approach of dialogue and the creative arts, Artsbridge develops youth into leaders through providing the necessary skills and support for them to communicate effectively, solve problems creatively, and ultimately create sustainable change within their communities.
Artsbridge, Inc. fosters leadership, understanding, curiosity, and creativity in young adults through the creation of intercultural collaborative arts projects and our unique method of dialogue based in best practices. Today, our participants span beyond Israel and Palestine to include youth from right here in the United States. Each year, our staff welcomes up to 30 students from these locations to participate in a three-week intensive summer program located in here in the United States. It is here that our youth engage in the challenging processes of working towards constructive communication through dialogue as well as collaborating to create works of visual art and films. At the end of the program, participants have the opportunity to witness the impact of their work through a summer showcase open to the public. The final component of Artsbridge spans throughout the year, where students meet in The Region for three follow-up seminars to strengthen and further develop their skills learned. Research is already showing that the skills developed during our Intercultural Leadership Program have a lasting impact on our graduates, mature over time, and can be applied through various life experiences.
There are currently more refugees around the world than at any time since World War II. The Refugee Concerns working group enables First Parish members to become active in a variety of efforts addressing the global refugee crisis.
Our current focus is working with Refugee Immigration Ministry to provide housing and support services for Asylum Seekers. The RIM program allows clusters of faith communities to work together. The First Parish Refugee Concerns group is working to build a cluster in Arlington, and is already housing and serving people in need.
How can you help? We are looking for volunteers for many activities such as providing one-time transportation to appointments, hosting our guest for a meal or coffee date, coordinating ESL study and practice sessions, fund raising or hosting someone in your home.
Contact the working group through email to express your interest, we can direct you based on your interest: refugeeconcerns @ firstparish.info
As a volunteer, you are required to complete a RIM Covenant Agreement
Eric Segal, Cluster Chair Coordinating Committee
Jennifer Bermant O'Brien
Be a part of First Parish’s turning outward --Click here to view current volunteer opportunties with the UU Urban Ministry to promote social justice and equality. Urban Ministry works side-by-side with individuals and communities in Boston, primarily in Roxbury, to create opportunities and instill hope for a brighter future through education and social activism.
For more information for volunteering with UUUM, contact Marvin Venay, Director of Congregational and Volunteer Engagement, 617-318-6010 x214, or contact First Parish member Maggie Schramm or Maryglenn Vincens.
Also check the FP Connection Board and the UUUM table at fellowship hour after Sunday services for specific activities and calls for help.
Collection baskets are located at the front and office doors. Monetary donations can be sent to:
The Arlington Food Pantry
Health and Human Services
27 Maple Street
Arlington, MA 02476
The Arlington Food Pantry welcomes donations of unexpired, unopened, non-perishable food and personal care items. Please avoid glass containers. Items can be placed in the collection baskets at the front and office doors. Monetary donations can be sent to:The Arlington Food Pantry, 27 Maple Street, Arlington, MA 02476. Learn more and donate online or contact Stephanie Franzosa.