The mission of the Racial Justice Coordinating Committee (RJCC) is to help First Parish more fully live up to the goals stated in its mission of being “welcoming to all” and “challenging the excesses and injustices of our time.”

Promotes racial justice both inside First Parish and beyond our walls by:

  • Carrying out ongoing review of all aspects (e.g. interior/ exterior spaces, RE curriculum, music, etc.) of First Parish’s life from a racial justice perspective.
  • Making suggestions to staff and committees about how First Parish could better embody its commitment to racial justice and engage an ever-broader circle of people in this work
  • Curating, endorsing and supporting experiences that help First Parish members develop a new consciousness of institutionalized white power and privilege and a deeper commitment to acting for racial justice
  • Providing opportunities for First Parish members to learn anti-racist and welcoming skills

Contact: racialjustice@firstparish.info

First Parish Racial Justice Library

The Racial Justice Library, located by the stairs to the balcony, welcomes you any time. There you’ll find the full collection of over 200 titles, including memoirs, biographies, novels, short stories, history, sociology, analysis, and books for children and teens.

On Sundays at coffee hour, look for the library book cart, where some selected titles are highlighted each week.

How It Works

To check out a book, simply fill in the info requested on the check-out sheet; there are sheets both in the library and on the library cart. Check-outs are for one month and are renewable. To return your book, place it in one of the baskets that you’ll see on the cart and in the library.

If you have any questions, would like to renew your book, or want to donate a book for the collection, email racialjustice@firstparish.info.