Social Action Committee

change-the-worldThe Social Action Committee will resume monthly meetings this Sunday, September 18th immediately following the service in the Parker Hall. Here are some action items of their upcoming work.

Communities Without Borders
Amy Archibald, COO of Communities Without Borders, is coming to First Parish on Sunday, September 25 at noon. She will present to interested students and families what a service trip with CWB looks like — with slides, stories and specifics. PLEASE COME TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS IMPORTANT PROJECT!

Baton Rouge Flood Recovery Donation Information
The Social Action Committee will be collecting monetary donations for the victims of Baton Rouge, LA. Rev. Nathan Ryan of the Baton Rouge UU church has recommended checks be directed to: “Together Baton Rouge” (100% of funds go to recovery and rebuilding at the local level) Your check can be given directly to Elaine Hylek on Sunday, Sept 18 or Sept 25 OR placed in the Social Action mailbox in church (in the designated envelope). Alternatively, you could also mail the check to Elaine at 4 Ryder Lane Lexington. All checks will be collected and sent to the designated organization “Together Baton Rouge” on October 1. Thank you for your generosity.

Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War film screening
Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War is a new documentary produced by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky, the Sharps’ grandson. It is the story of Rev. Waitstill and Martha Sharp, Unitarians who traveled to Czechoslovakia to help those trying to escape the Nazis as part of an effort by the American Unitarian Association. The film will be aired on PBS on Tuesday, September 20th. You can learn more about the film at

The First Church in Belmont will be showing the film on Friday, September 23rd at 7pm in their Parish Hall followed by a discussion. The Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee have linked the Sharps’ mission to the present day refugee situations.

Any questions for the Social Action Committee, please email Elaine Hylek at