In our changing world individuals may have a passion for a special social justice issue. At First Parish these like minded activists may form an action or working group with the blessing of the Social Justice Committee. Take a look at the variety of our current action groups Have you found something that intrigues you?
- Action Weekend Coordinating Group
In late April each year, the First Parish congregation (ages 15 and up) participate in Action Weekend. The Action Weekend Coordinating group organizing the service activities and learning. They also publicize the events and coordinate the sign-ups.
Questions? please contact ActionSunday@firstparish.info
- Blood Drive
The Social Justice Committee sponsors several blood drives each year. Under the direction of First Parish member, John Hodges, these drives utilizes a large pool of volunteers in setup, registration, entertainment for those waiting, clean up and more. We give more than 500 people the opportunity to give the gift of life each year. In 2009 the Massachusetts Red Cross recognized First Parish and as the “Community Sponsor of the Year.”
Sign up to help on any of the following Blood Drive dates: January 8th, February 1st, March 4th, April 4th, April 26th.
Sign up online at: https://volunteersignup.org/XFACB
Questions? please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Climate Action Working Group
The Climate Action Working Group is dedicated to taking local actions that move the world toward a just and sustainable future in the face of climate change. The group looks for ways to work at the intersection of the climate, social and racial justice movements. Actions may include attending a rally lobbying at the State House or writing letters. This group sponsored a youth led Arlington Climate Strike on September 20, 2019.
Questions? please contact email@example.com
- Cluster of Refugee Ministry ArCS
The primary activity of ArCS (Arlington, Cambridge & Somerville) is providing hosting and related services in the Arlington to people from around the world who are seeking asylum in the US because of persecution in their native country. The ArCS Cluster now supports 18 local asylum seekers through our outreach programs! In addition to our hosting program, we have expanded our services to offer a Passages program focused on providing short-term support to refugees not housed by the Cluster. You can help us continue to deliver life-changing support services through our entirely volunteer-based network in Arlington, Cambridge and Somerville by contributing to our Giving campaign. Click here to make a donation.
Questions? Visit us online or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Education Justice
Focusing on public school funding and early childhood care and education.
Questions? please contact socialjustice@ firstparish.info
- Emergent Issues Task Group
This group aims to help the congregation recognize and respond to social justice issues as they arise. One element of the group’s work is to manage the public witness banners that are posted on the lawn of our meetinghouse. The group also watches for instances when some other action might be called for, such as a vigil, and serves as a resource of information when people in the congregation propose to do a rapid response to some event.
Questions? please contact email@example.com
- Indigenous Justice Working Group (IJWG)
(Meets the fourth Wednesday of each month @ 8pm, September-June)
Purpose: To explore First Parish’s relationship to the grave injustices experienced by the Indigenous people of Massachusetts, from being displaced from their homes centuries ago to the vast health and social inequities today. Members of this Social Justice Working Group will seek truth and raise ideas about how we at First Parish might learn about, acknowledge, and confront these injustices in order to heal and move forward together toward a more just future.
Contact: IJWG@firstparish.info with questions, ideas, or interest in joining us
- Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry (UUUM)
The UU Urban Ministry (UUUM) group enlists First Parish volunteers to assist in helping the activities of the UU Urban Ministry. To learn more about the UU Urban Ministry visit their website uuum.org. Ongoing programs include programs for youth, services for survivors of domestic violence and community engagement events.
Questions? please contact UUUM@firstparish.info