We’re a new committee at First Parish Church United. We formed during the summer of 2017 and are welcoming new members!

Here is our mission statement:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead

Action for Social Justice at First Parish Church United believes that justice is at the core of our faith and that we are called to make a positive difference in our wider communities. We work to serve, to raise awareness, and to support and partner with people who face injustice.

In furtherance of this belief, ASJ seeks to:

  • Engage our Church community in discussions about social justice focus areas
  • Provide opportunities for interested members of the Congregation to engage in social justice ministries
  • Collaborate with the UCC, UUA and local churches to move this mission forward
  • Strengthen existing relationships and form new partnerships with organizations in our area that share our goals
  • Communicate with the Congregation about local events involving social justice issues

Because: “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?” — Micah 6:8

Our focus areas for 2017/2018

We have selected the following focus areas for this year:

  • Immigration Reform
  • Racial Justice
  • Reducing Gun Violence

Our Events

Jan 14

MLK Weekend Events

January 14, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Mar 04

Matt Meyer Worship Service

March 4, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Mar 11

TJ Harper Worship Service

March 11, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Resources

Gun Violence Prevention

News

Gun Violence

On October 8. 2017, we asked people at Worship Service to let us know “What do you think we should do to reduce gun violence in the United States?”. Here are the responses.

Previous Events

Candlelight Vigil: Wednesday, December 6 in Westford Common

First Parish Church partnered with Westford Coalition for Non-Violence, Indivisible Westford, Live for Liv, the Westford League of Women Voters and  Out of the Darkness Overnight to sponsor a candlelight vigil on Westford Common for victims of gun violence. The vigil was in remembrance of the five year mark of the Sandy Hook Elementary school tragedy,as well as the 500,000 American victims and survivors of gun violence since December 2012.

UU Mass Action Workshop

On Sunday, November 19, Laura Wagner from UU Mass Action spoke at our worship service and conducted a workshop to explore how we can organize our congregation to be a powerful force for social justice in our community. Since 2006 UU Mass Action has been organizing and mobilizing the 20,000 Unitarian Universalist an 142 congregations around social justice issues in Massachusetts.

Refugee Dinner: Sunday October 29 at FPCU

FPCU hosted 11 members of two Afghan immigrant families for dinner and camaraderie. About 25 of our Church folks set up and decorated the hall, cooked some really wonderful food and then waited in slightly anxious anticipation for the families to arrive. We all wondered how we would be able to communicate with these guests, many of whom spoke little or no English and all of whom had lived lives in a far-away place, so different from our own. There was no need for concern! Those with better English skills translated for the others; and it turns out everyone can talk about and make themselves understood when it comes to family, culture and food! In a day and age when we are constantly bombarded with angst producing news, this night of cooperation, friendship and unexpected rapport was truly a bright spot. We will be doing it again, hope you can join us next time!