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 Action Committee. Take a look at the variety of our current action groups Have you found something that intrigues you?
- Action Sunday Coordinating Group
In late April each year, the First Parish congregation (ages 15 and up) participate in Action Sunday. The Action Sunday 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 one First Parish member, 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.”
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.
- Diversity & Inclusion Group
Our mission: We are committed to action that fosters diversity and inclusion at First Parish UU of Arlington, in Massachusetts, and beyond. Our actions will be grounded in discussions and dialogues that deepen our understanding of the meaning and challenges of diversity. Our definition of diversity is race, social class, gender, age, ability/disability, & sexual orientation, as well as the intersections among these identities. We have had successful workshops and film discussions including around the issues of church accessibility, immigration, engaging in social justice work and public education.
Questions? please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Education Justice
Newly formed Action Group. More information to follow.
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
- Mass Incarceration Working Group
Our mission is to help build a movement to end mass incarceration in Massachusetts. We have focus on solutions, work on legislative reforms and restorative justice. Last fall we worked with the ACLU of Massachusetts to raise awareness of the importance of prosecutors in the initiative What a Difference a DA Makes
Questions? please contact end-mass-incarceration @ firstparish.info
- 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