As followers of Jesus, we are called to pursue his vision that God’s will be done “on earth as it is in heaven.” But our society is not yet a place where all people are valued and treated as equals or where everyone has the opportunity to live life to the fullest. Many challenges to creating a more just society confront us today at the national, state, and community level. In response, the First Parish Social Justice Collaborative was established by members of the congregation in early 2017 to examine and respond to a variety of pressing social, political, and economic issues. Our “Statement of Commitment and Action” identifies our priorities and witnesses to our shared resolution:
We affirm the blessing and richness of diversity.
We will reject hate in all of its forms, including racism, xenophobia, homophobia, and misogyny.
We will advocate for and support refugees, immigrants, and outsiders in our community.
We will protect the environment as responsible, knowledgeable stewards of Earth’s natural resources.
We will work to address the adverse consequences of rising social and economic inequality.
We will promote access to affordable, quality health care, education, and housing.
We will stand in solidarity with the poor, oppressed, and marginalized.
We will champion peace.
We commit ourselves to study, prayer, and service, so that we may speak truths, organize, and lead with compassion, wisdom, and love.
Members of the Social Justice Collaborative work to bring urgent issues to the attention of the full congregation and broader community through frequent print and electronic alerts, public programs, and special events with partner organizations. We regularly mobilize individuals to contact legislators and other policy-makers to encourage them to support measures that will promote social justice.
The brochure linked below was produced by the group for distribution to members and friends of First Parish. It offers helpful hints on how individuals can make their voices heard and includes a list of local organizations that are active in social justice advocacy.
The group meets the second and fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 pm in the Conference Room. Anyone with an interest in working for social justice is welcome.