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.



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?

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Cape Wind Rally 2015