United First Parish Church (Unitarian)


A member of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
1306 Hancock Street, Quincy, Massachusetts

Outreach and Social Justice


 

The Social Justice Action Committee organizes and coordinates the active involvement, in study and action, of the Congregation in local, district, national, and international projects for peace, compassion, and social justice. The Committee serves as liaison and coordinates programs between the Congregation and various local, district, and continental units of the Unitarian Universalist Association which have a social justice focus, as well as other religious groups. Please see the Faith in Action page for an overview of our work.


  • The mission statement of United First Parish Church states: Grounded in love and guided by compassion, we are called to raise our voices and take action for truth and justice, equity and peace. We manifest this by participating in activities of the Social Justice Action Committee and by following our own hearts to take action as individuals.

  • United First Parish Church’s vision for the year 2023 includes having strong and collaborative relationships with community partners whose work aligns with our mission. We manifest this when we connect with local organizations and faith communities, participate in or support their work, and join forces for the greater good.

  • Our Unitarian Universalist principles call us to affirm and promote the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. We manifest this when we take action for climate justice, protection of the environment, and animal rights.



UFPC Shows Support for Black Lives Matter

August 9, 2015 was the one-year anniversary of Mike Brown's death in Ferguson, MO. On behalf of the Outreach Committee, John Reed and Ann Marie Willer co-facilitated the Chalice Circle on that date and led a discussion about White privilege (which we now know to call light-skinned privilege). 21 people attended the Chalice Circle. 


The Chalice Circle was followed by a 45-minute silent vigil in front of the church. Several passersby noticed our "Black Lives Matter" signs and talked to us. Photos from the vigil were posted on the UFPC Facebook page and Twitter feed, as well as on the individual Facebook pages of several members and were seen as far away as Seattle. John Reed submitted a photo to the Quincy Sun


A sincere thank you to those who participated in the Chalice Circle discussion and those who stayed for the vigil. Ten people with signs on the front steps of our church made an important statement about racial justice that morning. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world." (Margaret Mead)e.

Welcoming Congregation Milestones

On October 22, 2017, the Social Justice Action Committee hosted the Sunday coffee hour to celebrate milestones in UFPC's 11 years as a UUA Welcoming Congregation. Thank you to all who volunteered to make the event a success: Sarah Belfort, Lynne Courtney, Wiley Cox, Susan Curran, Lee Forest, Sharon Gamache, Melissa Gavazzi, Lisa Howe, Marie-Louise Jackson-Miller, Kendra Litvany, Sherrie Noble, Leslie Simpson, and Ann Marie Willer.

Reflections on Advocacy and Activitism

At the Outreach Committee meeting on Sept. 27, we took time to reflect on our first exposure to or awareness of social justice issues, advocacy work, or activism. 


I'd like to invite everyone reading this to pause for a moment and think back. Was there a person or event that first raised your awareness?

I'll go first...my second grade teacher got my class involved in raising money for the protection of baby harp seals that were being hunted in the Arctic. We canvassed the lunchroom asking for donations. It was my first awareness that I could do something to help a problem that was geographically far away from me, and also my first awareness that other people would help if asked.

What's your story?

Cape Wind Rally 2015