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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com
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
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 2019: March 31-April 7, August 18-25, November 17-24
Contacts: Barbie Breer and Joan Hunter-Brody, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
The Immigration Justice Team is an energized and working committee that is exploring the best ways that we can provide support to the “at risk” immigrant community, while at the same time offering educational information/materials to members of our congregation about the issue. The team hopes to provide a chance to learn and reflect about the issues facing immigrants as well as offer opportunities for specific action to help immigrants.
Contact: Lucia Frenkel and Christina Player at 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: Kathy Greer, 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: Next Quilt-a-thon in 2018: January 15 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
Contact: Diane McNamara, 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.
Contact: Katie Frassinelli and Cathleen Dinsmore at firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
UUAC’s Salvation Army Dinner volunteers help serve a meal every three months for those in need at the Salvation Army in Framingham.
When: One dinner every three months.
Contact: Joan Hunter-Brody, firstname.lastname@example.org
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: India Wood, email@example.com
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: Nancy Cantor, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, 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.
Contact: Barbara Bunger and Donna Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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