This Week in Social Action Ministry

The Social Action Ministry (SAM) at First Parish comes from our Unitarian Universalist faith based on the values of love, justice, community and responsibility. We do this within the supportive environment of our broader church community and the mission of First Parish “…to act on our values to serve the larger community and create a more just and loving world.”


UU Urban Ministry

Join together this Saturday, April 1st for a wonderful opportunity to see a great exhibit and also meet up with members of the Follen Church Urban Ministry Congregational team and the UU Urban Ministry for a guided tour of The Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists at 300 Walnut Avenue in Roxbury. Led by Barry Gaither, Director of the Museum and international expert on Black art, the tour for adults will take place from 10:30-11:30am. During that time, there will be a special workshop for children. Registration is free but required as space is limited. Email to register. Interested in carpooling? Contact Al Jacobson.


UU Mass Action

We hope you will join others from First Parish as we put our faith into action by gathering with UUs from across the state for UU Mass Action Advocacy Day.

Tuesday, April 11th, 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Arlington Street Church & The State House

Keynote speaker: Rev. Paul Robeson Ford, Senior Pastor of the Union Baptist Church, Cambridge

Worship leader: Rev. John Gibbons, Senior Minister at First Parish in Bedford

Musician: Rev. Fred Small, Climate Justice Minister, Arlington Street Church

For more information go to the UU Mass Action website.

To connect with other First Parish folks who are attending contact Stephen Shick.


Climate Justice

Please come to a free film screening of Before the Flood on Saturday, April 15th from 10:00am – 12:00pm. With Evan Seitz of UUMass Action and others.

“Addressing climate change is the biggest challenge of our time. Come together in community to learn and be inspired to take action on behalf of our common home.”

The Venue Theater, 1799 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA. Doors open at 9:45am. Sponsored by First Parish Arlington, First Parish Bedford, First Parish Concord, First Parish Lexington, and Follen Church. Contact Stephen Shick for more information.


Political Activism

With the collapse of the AHCA healthcare bill last Friday, our UU commitment to the Interdependant Web of support for our fellow humans breathed a sigh of relief!  Ah, but not so fast:  the president has predicted the demise of the Affordable Care Act over the next year. Unspoken is that his minions will make every effort to defund or dismantle critical parts of the current healthcare safety net to guarantee or hasten that demise.

Heard enough? If you want to make your voice heard on this and other assaults on our UU human rights, go to your local Minuteman Indivisible Lexington website to learn what’s happening; click the Join our Team button to get onto the email list and indicate where you would like to invest your energy.  Pete Tasker.