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Living Our Faith at 

First Parish 

 

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Living Our Faith at First Parish is how we work to make positive changes in society by increasing our congregation’s awareness of our collective responsibility and our commitment to generosity. We strive to:

  • Live our faith, live our values
  • Take action on moral and ethical issues of our time

We hope you’ll join us in one (or all) of the ways in which we live our faith. You will find members working on issues related to the environment and reducing our carbon footprint, along with prison reform, facing into racism with Black Lives Matter, gun control, economic justice, immigration, people and pet hospice, and much more. It is the passion of our members – working individually and together as a congregation –  that creates a multi faceted Living Our Faith effort. 

 

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First Parish has long been a supporter of  Metro West Free Medical Program, which provides free care to uninsured and uninsured residents of the Metro West area. This year we are holding a quilt raffle with all proceeds going to support the work of this program. 

    Join us throughout the year in programs related to food and water…..

  •  Conscious Eating Group: Join us on the fourth Thursday ofeach month (September – June) in the Library at First Parish for a lively discussion about the impact of our food choices on our environment, on our local economy, and on our health and well being. It’s all about making intentional choices – being a vegetarian (or not), buying locally, eating organically grown food, and more. We often begin by cooking a healthy and delicious snack together, followed by a discussion or film. Join us at 6:30 for cooking and at 7:00 for the discussion.
  • Open Table: On the fourth Monday of each month, a group from First Parish works at the food pantry at Open Table in Maynard.
  • Clean Water: Our youth are raising funds to build wells to provide safe drinking water in Cambodia.
 Our Living Our Faith Team also sponsors ongoing social justice programs…….
  • Share The Plate: Once each month, we share the Sunday collection plate with organizations working for social and environmental justice.
  • Through our Annual Backpack Drive in partnership with HOPESudbury, we collect backpacks and school supplies each fall for children living in an emergency shelter.
  • Our Secret Santa Program provides holiday gifts to over 70 children in Framingham and Sudbury.
  • We send a team of walkers each spring to raise funds for the Walk for Hunger.
  • Our Prison Outreach includes mentoring a prisoner in the BU Behind Bars program and providing support for outreach at MCI Concord.
  • We actively support the work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee helping people throughout the world help themselves.
  • Other initiatives include supporting the Sudbury Food Pantry, Renewal House, and UU Urban Ministry.[/learn_more]

worldHnadsTinyGreen Initiatives: We seek to promote greater practice of the Seventh UU Principle:  “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” 

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Our green initiatives include participating in 350.org. We strive for broad community participation in activities and lifestyle changes that result in our treading more lightly upon this planet.
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We Are A Welcoming Congregation: Through the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Welcoming Congregation Program, we intentionally welcome gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons. Our Welcoming Congregation Committee works to educate the congregation and the wider community about social justice issues affecting GLBT people.

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Living Our Faith in our Religious Education programs and Youth Ministry: From fundraising for a worthwhile organization to helping local groups, we introduce our children and teens each year to many different types of community service and social action projects

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We also seek to empower our children and teens to respond to immediate needs as they come up (such as from disasters or social justice issues). We do this because community service and social action are important parts of our Unitarian Universalist faith and a good way to practice our UU principles. We welcome adults to join us by engaging in projects side-by-side with our young people.

threeTiny  Individual Initiatives: Some of our best projects started as a seed planted by someone suggesting a favorite cause. Our Living Our Faith Team is very interested in helping to start and support new initiatives. Contact us with your ideas.

How can I learn more about Living Our Faith or get involved? Please email , call the office 978.443.2043, or read the First Parish newsletter, The Connector, for ongoing information. Join us!