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Faith in Action @FPS

 

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Faith in Action @FPS is one way we live our UU values in the world…… we work to make positive changes in society by increasing our congregation’s awareness of our collective responsibility and our commitment to generosity.

You will find members working on issues related to the environment and reducing our carbon footprint, prison reform, racial justice, gun control, economic justice, immigration, domestic violence, and much more. It is the passion of our members – working individually and together as a congregation –  that creates a multi faceted Faith in Action. Join us!

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Racial Justice Group………….

Part of our commitment to racial justice is to engage in educating ourselves – individually and together – about the realities of racism and white supremacy. The Racial Justice Group meets at FPS throughout the year and sponsors programs – book group, speakers, workshops – to help us move beyond complacency. 

Racial Justice Reading List

*Black Pioneers in a White Denomination ….by Mark D. Morrison-Reed *Dismantling Racism, The Continuing Challenge to White America….by Joseph Barndt *SOUL WORK, Anti-Racist Theologies in Dialogue….edited by Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley and Nancy Palmer-Jones *Uprooting Racism, How White People Can Work For Racial Justice….by Paul Kivel *The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement by….Rev. Dr. William Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove *Just Mercy by….Bryan Stevenson *Uprooting Racism by….Paul Kivel *Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy by….Kevin Bales *The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by….Michelle Alexander

FPS participates in and hosts meetings of 350 Mass Metrowest……one of 17 town and area nodes in 350 Mass for a Better Future, one of the most well-organized climate activist groups in the state……..organizing grassroots power for strong, science-based climate action. Meetings are typically the first Thursday of each month, alternating between FPS and Peace Lutheran Church, Wayland………..join  us! https://350massmetrowest.org/

Join us throughout the year…..

  •  Conscious Eating Group: Meets on the third Thursday of each month (September – June) 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.
  • Open Table: On the fourth Monday of each month, a group from First Parish works at the food pantry at Open Table in Maynard.

Faith in Action @FPS also sponsors ongoing social justice programs…….

  • Share The Plate: Once each month, we share the Sunday collection with organizations working for social and environmental justice.
  • Our Secret Santa Program provides holiday gifts to more than 70 children in metro west.
  • We send a team of walkers each year to raise funds for Family Promise, a group dedicated to ending family homelessness. 
  • We actively support the work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee helping people throughout the world help themselves.
  • Other initiatives include supporting the UU Mass Action, Sudbury Food Pantry, Renewal House, Sustainable Sudbury, and UU Urban Ministry.

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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 LGBTQI people.

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How can I learn more about Faith in Action or get involved? Please email ">  or call the FPS office 978.443.2043. Be sure to read the First Parish newsletter, The Connector, for ongoing information. Join us!