Social Justice as a Spiritual Practice

Join the congregation at First Parish this Sunday, Sept. 27 when Ms. Laura Wagner, LICSW, will speak about how our wholeness as individuals is realized in connection with other human beings. It is through this connection that we define our values. Wagner notes that “being aware of the struggles of others and then engaging in social justice allows us to put our values into action.   Living our values through social justice helps us to create a living, meaningful spiritual practice that both heals the world and ourselves at the same time.”
Laura Wagner, Executive Director, Unitarian Universalist Mass Action Network, has been a Unitarian Universalist for over 20 years, has held many lay leader positions but her primary focus has always been social justice. She began her involvement with UU Mass Action as a volunteer working on the immigrant rights campaign. Laura was initially drawn to immigrant justice work because of her family history. Her grandparents were survivors of the Armenian Genocide. Her commitment to immigrant rights deepened following a tragic death in her home town of Marlborough.
This Sunday the congregation will Share the Plate with UU Mass Action.
In addition, after the service, the congregation will begin its monthly letter-writing sessions to legislators. This week the writing will focus on encouraging legislators to support two bills to end the effects of Citizens United. Anyone who wishes to support this initiative is welcome to write letters.
Religious Exploration, led by our new director Chris Scheller, for children and teens takes place concurrently with the adult worship service. Children and teens begin in the worship service, and then go off to their own fun and interesting program of religious exploration.