Our Social Justice Team meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 6:30pm in the Historical Room (Second floor, outside of Tryworks). Our Team Leaders is: Rick Finneran
We are committed to creating a just, equitable and compassionate world and are devoted to helping people to live lives of integrity, service and love. Our congregation voted last year to begin two major outreach programs- Access to Art Programs and Restorative Justice. We are engaged with other projects as well, including environmental justice projects and anti-racism/multicultural work. If there is an issue or project that interests you and you don’t see it listed, please join us for our team meetings.
Our Social Justice Team is working on several projects:
We are in relationship with The Coaltion for Social Justice, UUMass Action and the local Black Lives Matter movement.
Second Sunday Collection:
Each month we “share the plate” with local non-profit organizations. This means our cash collection is given away to programs and organizations that are consistent with our values as Unitarian Universalists. These have included: the Baby Project, The Shepherds Pantry, Mercy Meals, The LGBT Center of New Bedford, PACE fuel assistance, the Victory Garden Project in the south end and many more. If you would to suggest a organization for our Second Sunday collection please contact Wendy email@example.com.
Other Programs and Projects:
Care and Support for the Hungry, Homeless and those in Transition:
We work with Mercy Meals to provide breakfast and lunch once a month for those in need.
Along with Pilgrim United Church, we provide emergency shelter on nights with extreme cold and/or snow. We are always seeking people to help with overnight support at the shelter. A training is available to anyone interested in serving at the shelter. Please contact Wendy if you’d like to help (wwiggins at comcast dot net.
Increasing Cultural Competency (Addressing Racism):
Move to Amend: The National Coalition to Overturn Citizens United
Our church has teamed up with the UU Society of Fairhaven to work on this issue. Meetings are held regularly. Contact Donna King here at First Unitarian Church for more information. or check out the UUMass Action Website.