The Social Justice Community (SJC) at First Church Boston is engaged in raising awareness and taking action on current social justice issues in greater Boston. Our focus is on the intersection of UU history & racial justice and climate justice.
First Church Boston collaborates with community partners who inspire us with their creative campaigns and legislative advocacy which produces clear results.
Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) is a large interfaith organization working for political and social change in the city of Boston. Current initiatives include expanding services for returning citizens, mental health and substance use disorder treatment, and affordable housing. To understand the nature, scope and strength of the GBIO, we highly recommend attending one of their events (presently on Zoom). With the timely help of GBIO, FCB members make calls and send emails and tweets to our state representatives to push key pieces of legislation through the legislative process. gbio.org
Campaign Against Gun Violence (CAGV) is an active FCB group with ties to the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence. Every December First Church Boston is part of a National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence. Learn more about this Vigil, an important initiative which is hosted annually at First Church Boston.
UUMassAction is a statewide organization with a mission to organize and mobilize Unitarian Universalist in Massachusetts to confront oppression. The organization’s website is a good place to find information about a range of social justice campaigns and current actions as these are announced. uumassaction.org
Unitarian/Universalist Urban Ministry (UUUM) is a 200-year-old social justice organization working across race and place from its campus at First Church Roxbury to dismantle racism and white supremacy culture, and to advance economic and social justice. Sign up for their monthly newsletter at uuum.org
Beyond Plastics, Greater Boston is the local chapter of the national organization, working to educate and motivate people in the Greater Boston area to address the climate, ecological, and human health consequences of plastic production. Utilizing educational programs, peaceful direct action, and lobbying for local and state-wide legislative change, this organization works for environmental justice. beyondplastics.org
All church members and friends are very welcome to our meetings which are usually the first Sunday of the month after church.
Other Social Justice Initiatives
– Speaking our mind—Emailing for legislative actions
– Learning Community (presentations)
– Social Justice Collections
– Individual involvement with our social justice partners
“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.”
— Margaret Mead