Social Justice at First Church Boston

The Social Justice Community (SJ) at First Church Boston (FCB) is open to all individuals in the church community who indicate their interest. Those who are interested should sign up to receive the dedicated SJ communications, primarily e-mails which are sent out periodically. The SJ steering committee consists of a smaller number of individuals who have taken responsibility to oversee and organize SJ activities. All are always more than welcome at monthly meetings. Don’t wait to ask, just come! (contacts: or


To multiply our impact on the huge range of social justice problems we find of concern, we have chosen to focus our efforts by working with community partners;

  • Greater Boston Interfaith Organization
  • Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
  • UUMass Action
  • UU Urban Ministry
  • Beyond Plastics, Greater Boston

All church members and friends are most welcome at monthly SJC meetings held after the Sunday service on the first Sunday of the month.

Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) is the partner with whom we are the most active. Focused on the city, it is a large interfaith organization of political activism. Every FC member/ friend should attend at least one GBIO meeting/action, as that is the best way to understand the nature and scope of the organization.

Campaign Against Gun Violence (CAGV) is a FCB group with ties to the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence. Time sensitive needs for call-ins to legislators, etc. come from this group via the FCB Social Justice Community e-mail list. The most prominent annual activity is the Vigil Against Gun Violence which occurs in December. 

UUMassAction is a state wide UU organization with many various SJ priorities. The organization’s website is a good place to find information about a range of SJ campaigns and current actions as these are announced. (

Unitarian/Universalist Urban Ministry (UUUM) is a more than 150 year old UU service organization working with Boston’s black community from a campus at First Church Roxbury with a variety of programs. Sign up for their monthly newsletter @ (

Beyond Plastics, Greater Boston is a local chapter of the national organization whose mission is to end plastic pollution. First Church Boston members join with others to address climate change issues, and the ecological and human health consequences of plastic production to our environment. Using peaceful direct action and lobbying for local and statewide legislative change, Beyond Plastic advocates for institutional, economic, and societal changes needed to save our planet.

Internal to First Church:

Environmental Justice Affinity Group; plans and implements a variety of activities and local food meals in and outside of FCB, including especially a connection with the food distribution program at UUUM (above).

Special Collections; 8 times per year the regular Sunday collection is taken for the benefit of a particular SJ program or organization, including the four Partners listed above. Whenever feasible, an SJ table in the narthex provides the benefitting organization space to provide additional information and answer questions. This is an opportunity for FC members to identify additional specific volunteer opportunities.

Additional Events: 2-4 times per church year, SJ sponsors after church programs on SJ themes. One of these is traditionally a group discussion of the UUA common read. Books are sold in the fall and the book discussion event is held in the spring.

Learning Community Speaker Series

The Learning Community at First Church in Boston is an adult education program. By hosting speakers from inside and outside the congregation, the LC offers opportunities for learning, fellowship, and spiritual growth. Unless otherwise specified, LC events will be held after church on Sundays in the Auditorium with a lunch buffet service at 12:15pm (suggested donation $5-7,) and a 12:30pm program start. Read more here.

Campaign Against Gun Violence

The Campaign Against Gun Violence is a subgroup of the FCB Social Justice Committee. It strives to bring awareness of the issue of Gun Violence to the whole FCB community and to support the work of our umbrella organization. Read more here.