Justice Work

Our Unitarian-Universalist values call us to work for justice—both inside our Meetinghouse and in the larger world. We do this by acknowledging our collective responsibility, making a commitment to generosity, and working together to eliminate social and environmental injustice. 

Over the years we have walked and supported walkers in the Walk For Hunger, we have supported the efforts of Family Promise Metrowest to help those experiencing homelessness, and we have fed community members by supporting local food pantries. Through book groups and community discussions, we have sought to help those who identify as white better understand systemic racism.  We have called out for justice at the Women’s March and at climate change rallies on the First Parish lawn, we have bought and wrapped holiday gifts for children involved with the Department of Children and Families, and we have stood with our Jewish and Muslim sisters and brothers as they have faced violence.

Some of our recent justice work includes:

  • Share the Plate: We share one-half of the Sunday collection every month with organizations such as: Domestic Violence Services Network, Sudbury Community Food Pantry, Metrowest Free Medical Program, Concord Prison Outreach, OUT Metrowest, Employment Options, Family Promise Metrowest, Jewish Family Services-Metrowest, the Friday Café, UU MassAction, 
  • Warm Clothing Collection: We collected warm clothes for Haitian refugees and winter hats, mittens, and scarves for underprivileged children and adults in shelters.
  • Community Trunk-or-Treat: We hosted a community Trunk-or-Treat event, asking guests to donate shelf-stable food for the Sudbury Community Food Bank.
  • Co-sponsoring: movie viewing and community discussion on racism and gun violence.
  • Supporting the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Roundtable in assembling Valentine’s gift bags for women and children in shelters.
  • Co-sponsoring “Reading Frederick Douglass Together” a community reading and discussion of his speech “What to a Slave is the Fourth of July?”
  • Celebrating Juneteenth through dinner and music in partnership with two neighboring UU congregations.

Our children and youth participate in social justice activities under the direction of our Director of Religious Exploration. In addition, we welcome children and youth to participate in all our justice work.