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Key tenets or principles of the Unitarian Universalist faith as well a simple shared desire to uplift those in need impel us individually and as a congregation to take action toward social justice. We endeavor to affirm and promote “the inherent worth and dignity of every person” and “justice, equity and compassion in human relations” (two UU Principles) in our everyday lives and in our congregation’s choices for community social action.
Often a personal calling to help right injustice or the desire to increase one’s children’s awareness of a “world outside their door” is what inspires people to first visit our church. We have many opportunities to build community and friendships while working side-by-side with others in social action and justice. Take the time to look at the many humanitarian projects with which our congregation is involved to find your inspiration!
The Service and Justice Ministry groups are responsible for leading their membership and the larger Church congregation in consideration of and action on social justice issues. The Service and Justice Ministries Committee (SJMC) is a lay committee whose responsibility is promote, support, and grow UUAC’s service, advocacy, and witness groups, activities, and opportunities. The activities of the SJMC and the Service and Justice Ministry groups reflect UUAC’s strategic vision and are aligned with the Unitarian Universalist principles.
If you have questions about the SJMC and UUAC’s service and justice activities, contact Cathie Healy, Chair, at email@example.com.
1500 Acts to End Hunger collects non-perishable food items, paper products, and toiletries for A Place to Turn, an emergency food pantry serving the Metrowest area. Donations from the congregation are matched dollar per item up to $1500 per calendar year.
When: Year round; items are donated weekly
Contact: Barbie Breer, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Environmental Action Group embraces all aspects of environmental stewardship. Current activities include work to minimize waste and carbon emissions generated by our community, encouragement to members of our community to take similar steps at home, and political action on environmental issues.
When: Year round
Contact: John Player, email@example.com
UUAC is a member of Family Promise Metrowest, a cooperative partnership offering hope to homeless families with children through safe transitional shelter, meals, and supportive case management as they seek permanent housing. Three times each year UUAC hosts families in the church for one week. For more information about Family Promise Metrowest organization please follow this link: Family Promise Metrowest.
When: Three weeks in 2016: April 10-17, August 28 – September 4, November 13-20
Contacts: Barbie Breer, firstname.lastname@example.org and Joan Hunter-Brody, email@example.com
The Holiday Wish List program pairs congregants with needy children to fulfill holiday wish lists. This program is run under the auspices of the Framingham Department of Social Services.
When: Each November-December
Contact: Carly Baker, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mitten Tree program collects winter mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, and socks for local individuals and families in need.
When: Each December
Contact: Lisa Palmer, email@example.com
Partakers volunteers team-mentor men and women in MA prisons as they attend the Boston University Prison Education Program. Through mentoring programs like this, incarcerated people enhance skills critical to completing a college degree and build trusting personal relationships. Both activities significantly increase their chances for success when they return to the community.
When: Team members visit an inmate once every 3-4 weeks
Contact: Diane McNamara, firstname.lastname@example.org
Power of the Quilt Project (PQP) volunteers make beautiful, hand-crafted quilts for those undergoing chemotherapy and children facing hardship. PQP hosts three Quilt-a-thons each year at UUAC and creates and distributes quilts with other local volunteers, church groups, community centers, non-profits, and hospitals.
When: Three Quilt-a-thons in 2016: January 18 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), April 2, October (exact date to be determined)
Contact: Cris Crawford, email@example.com
Rebuilding New Orleans volunteers and supporters share their time, treasure, and talent to help our neighbors in New Orleans rebuild their homes and their lives.
When: Week-long service trip each November
Contact: Darrah Bryans, firstname.lastname@example.org
UUAC’s Salvation Army Dinner volunteers provide nourishing meals every three months for those in need at the Salvation Army in Framingham. Members of the congregation are asked to help with making the meal ahead of time (especially with donations of meatloaves) and then to help serve the meal on our designated night.
When: Three nights in 2016: March 23, June 22, September 28, December 28
Contact: Joan Hunter-Brody, email@example.com
Each year, the Senior Youth Group participates in a service trip or project as part of UUAC’s youth program, which focuses on worship/spirituality, learning, community-building, leadership, and social action.
When: Each spring
Contact: Jolie Olivetti, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Women’s Alliance sponsors educational, social, and enrichment activities for the women of the church. We financially support education, healthcare and other programs for women and children both locally and globally. Come join us. Funding for the Women’s Alliance comes from the Good As New Shop (GANS), the consignment shop at the church, which is open Wednesdays.
When: Year round
Contact: Gail Donaldson, email@example.com
Yarn Spinners knit for Project Linus, a national organization that distributes hand-knit blankets to infants and children who are hospitalized or otherwise in need of the warm embrace of a hand-crafted blanket.
When: First Monday of each month
Contact: Sally Demler, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in initiating a Service and Justice Ministries program or event, please fill out and submit THIS FORM for a “Good Works Proposal.” Projects approved by the Service and Justice Ministries Committee (SJMC) receive official recognition, guidance, and funding as needed. You will be contacted by a representative of the SJMC acknowledging receipt of the proposal, informing you of any clarifications needed, and suggesting that you attend a SJMC meeting to discuss the proposal in person. If you have questions about how to complete the proposal, please contact Cathie Healy, Chair of the Service and Justice Ministries Committee at email@example.com.
Through opportunities of study, reflection and action, the Racial Justice Team works to help the congregation focus on issues of racial justice as a reflection of our UU values.
This task force affirms the UUA Declaration of Conscience to demonstrate a commitment to the fundamental principles of justice, equity, and compassion at this extraordinary time. This group acts as a source of information and advocacy
Contact: Lucia Frenkel at firstname.lastname@example.org and Christina Player at email@example.com
UUAC organizes a team for the Family Promise Walk Away Homelessness fundraiser each spring. The walkathon is a critical source of funding for Family Promise, contributing about one third of the annual budget.
Advocacy and political action can lead to social justice change. In order to make contacting your local legislators easier, a current listing of Massachusetts Senators and Representatives by town is available at www.uumassaction.org. UU Mass Action’s vision is to mobilize the 140 Unitarian Universalist congregations around social justice issues in Massachusetts. On the international level, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is committed to our shared Unitarian Universalist principles and advances human rights and social justice around the world.
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