First Parish has a long history of dedication to peace, equality, and fairness. Members of the congregation continue this tradition of promoting positive social change.  We give blood and donate food. and work toward racial equity.  We educate ourselves about climate change, issues of diversity, and economic justice. First Parish’s Social Justice Committee is the central resource and conduit for social justice work that expresses the values, concerns, and interests of the congregation. The Social Justice Committee helps to support our congregation’s belief in living our faith in a variety of ways including:

  • Administers Giving First program
  • Coordinates Living Our Faith and Shinn (special speakers) Programs
  • Holds annual Social Justice Dinner
  • Logistically and financially supports action groups and individual Social Justice projects
  • Promotes opportunities for social justice/social action work in the community
  • Raises operating funds annually through Pie Palace
  • Hosts special social justice related events such as Windborne Concert, Haitian Art Sale, educational events
  • Administers a grant program to support a variety of social justice actions.

Committee Members: Mary Cummings and Maureen Dolan (Co-Chairs), Linda Brown, Shevawn Hardesty, Alan Linov, Allan Schramm, Mary Lou Solliday and Anne Wright For further information please email socialjustice@firstparish.info or visit our table in the Vestry after services.  

Coming Events:

Feb. 2nd, 12:00 – 1:30 – Initial meeting of First Parish’s UU The Vote group. The structure and goals of our national UUA program and discussion of how First Parish members might fit into it. Jan 26:   Living our Faith Service March 7, 6:00: Annual Social Justice Dinner with Music  (Lasagna, salad and potluck desserts) – Vestry Sign up now to help with Blood drives – January 8th, February 1st, March 4th, April 4th, April 26th.  Sign up online at: https://volunteersignup.org/XFACB or at the Social Justice table after services.  

Social Justice Working Groups

Action Weekend Coordinating Committee:  actionsunday@firstparish.info,  Chair, Melissa Berczuk Blood Drive: blooddrive@firstparish.info, Chair, John Hodges Climate Action Working Group:  climatejustice@firstparish.info,            Co-chairs, John Anderson and Alan Linov Cluster of Refugee Immigration Ministry (ArCS):  arcscluster@firstparish.info,   Chair Eric Segal Emergent Issues Working Group: emergentissues@firstparish.info,  Chair, Alan Linov Education Justice Working Group educationjustice@firstparish.info,   Chair, Mary Cummings Racial Justice Coordinating Committee: Chair, racialjustice@firstparish.info, Chair, Lois Fine UU Urban Ministry: uuum@firstparishs.info, Co-chairs Maryglenn Vincens and Edward Loveall UU The Vote socialjustice@firstparish.info, Chair, Mary Cummings   If you would like to participate in or just learn more about First Parish Social Justice Actions, contact the Social Justice Committee at socialjustice@firstparish.info or see us at our table during coffee hours.