SOCIAL Justice PAGE

  • Pop the Trunk! Food Drive
    Swampscott
    Apr 24, 9:00 AM
    Swampscott, 101 Forest Ave, Swampscott, MA 01907, USA
    We are planning another food drive. Save the date!
  • Fundraiser for ECCO: May 16-23
    Online Auction... details to come
    May 16, 9:00 AM – May 23, 10:00 AM
    Online Auction... details to come
    Mark your calendars! We are holding an online auction to raise money to support the awesome work of ECCO in the city of Lynn.
  • ECCO Community Meeting
    Zoom
    Feb 18, 6:00 PM
    Zoom
    Join us for an ECCO Community Meeting to build relationships across ECCO’s diverse community and learn how we can take the next steps in ECCO’s Beloved Economy Campaign.
  • Pop the Trunk! Food Drive
    101 Forest Ave
    Feb 13, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    101 Forest Ave, 101 Forest Ave, Swampscott, MA 01907, USA
    Contactless, safe food drive. Drive up and pop your trunk!
  • "So You Want to Talk About Race" Book Conversation
    Register for information
    Feb 09, 10:00 AM
    Register for information
    Two sessions: 10am or 7pm

2021 Current & Past Events:

Social Justice Ministry Team News:

Protest Signs

Help Us Plan Our Church Service

April 8, 2021

The Social Justice Ministry Team is scheduled to present a church service in May. The team will meet Tuesday, April 13th and we need lots of volunteers to make our service a success. Our theme will be racial justice. Do Black Lives Matter to you? Why? How have you shown it in the past? How would you like to show it in the future? Contact Martha Curry or Jack Butterworth for a Zoom connection!

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Brown Bags for MBT

March 29, 2021

Throughout these pandemic winter months, it has been heartening to see the activity on My Brother’s Table’s sign-up calendar. The response from the greater Lynn community has been unwavering. Every week, individuals and groups prepare 2,000 brown bags to supplement the hot meals provided by MBT. 

Members of the UUCGL community contributed 575 brown bags in the month of February. For more about our efforts with My Brother’s Table, click here.

April’s calendar is filling up fast and May is open for sign-ups. If you are interested in putting together brown bags, either individually or with a team, or if you would like to donate towards this effort, please be in touch.

Deb Boggs, Clare Campbell, Michael Celona

Racial Justice

March 21, 2021

“Justice is what love looks like in public.”

~Cornel West

 

The UUA is making racial justice programs a top priority and the Social Justice Ministry Team is diving in.

 

Martha Curry and Jack Butterworth attended an all-day national on line program, New Day Rising, earlier this month. As white people, we were among hundreds of UUs at two of the programs offered, Staying the Course and Difficult Conversations. We had the chance to see first-hand the elephants that exist in our spiritual room – and every other UU spiritual room and we want to share this with all of you in the months ahead.

 

Contact us at sjmt@uucgl.org with your thoughts, suggestions, or ideas. And please share what social justice work you've been doing, in photos or words.

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Help Our Neighbors Fight Hunger!

March 4, 2021

Food insecurity is on the rise due to the economic crisis caused by the pandemic!

 

For more about our efforts with My Brother’s Table, click here. Contact Social Justice Ministry Team Members Clare Campbell, Michael Celona or Deb Boggs for details. To volunteer at the Lynn Community Health Center community food pantry, sign up at: LCHC Mobile Market Volunteers: Mobile Market 2021 (signupgenius.com). Questions? Email Michael Celona. Our Pop the Trunk food drive events to support Anchor Food Pantry, My Brother's Table and St. Stephen's Food Pantry, will continue throughout the year, so stay tuned for details!

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Congregation-Wide Anti-Racism Learning & Action Initiative

June 5, 2020

The goal of this initiative is that all of us, whatever our race, class, sexual orientation or gender expression, educational level or theological position, will be more effective participants in the work of justice & liberation.

Read more the initiative here.

Our anti-racism resources are here.

ECCO, Our Social Justice Ministry Team, and You

April 2020

This is a time of crisis and it gives us all a real opportunity to live our faith. SJMT supports our partner's initiative ECCO Covid-19 Response. There are real opportunities for you to help and to be involved, including:

 

* Employ Shine Together Co-op for grocery shopping and "take out" meal prep-all delivered to your door, using "no contact" standards (payment logistics currently being worked out, but identifying interested customers is very helpful!);

 

* Donate to support those at risk of homelessness or hunger - 100% of funds go directly to those in need;

 

* Volunteer to help Shine Together in "no contact" delivery;

 

* Receive or Provide Emotional Support.

 

For details and contact information, see "No One Stands Alone" below.

 

Women Holding Hands

No One Stands Alone

We here at the UUCGL will be participating in all of these activities and will be reaching out to our church community, through calls and emails, in the coming days to ask if you are in need of food delivery services, or if you are willing to become involved in the Covid 19 Response in other ways; we will be providing you with the specifics on how you can donate and/or volunteer.

 

This is a time of crisis and it gives us all a real opportunity to live our faith.

 

To learn more about all of these opportunities, go to

www.eccoaction.org/covid-19-response

and/or contact any of the following church members:

Martha Curry

Scott Nowka 

Debbie Boggs 

 

Thank you and stay well.

The Social Justice Ministry Team

The COVID-19 crisis is painful for everyone, but is hurting the most vulnerable among us the hardest - immigrants and people of color who so often pay the highest price in our unjust economy.To respond to the crisis, the Essex County Community Organization ( ECCO ), a North Shore organization with which the UUCGL has long partnered, is inviting our community to support one another, especially those most directly impacted, while also sowing seeds for a different future. There are three ways to make a difference:

 

First, you can donate and help raise funds for ECCO's No One Stands Alone COVID-19 Solidarity Fund , which will provide direct funds to ECCO families at severe risk of hunger and homelessness. Your contributions will go directly to ECCO families like that of Dolores, who has been sick with COVID-19 and has no way to pay the bills for herself and her two small children.

 

Second, you can support ECCO's immigrant worker-owned Co-op, "Shine Together", which has launched Shine Together Delivers to provide grocery shopping, and delivery services and the preparation of prepared meals during this time of crisis. You can act in solidarity by:

 

*Becoming a Solidarity Consumer that orders delicious prepared foods and/or groceries brought to your doorstep through no-contact delivery. Or, you can purchase gift certificates for future Shine Together cleaning services, to be redeemed once the COVID-19 crisis is over.

 

*Becoming a Solidarity Volunteer with Shine Together Delivers by shopping for groceries and/or offering no-contact delivery of Shine Together food and/or groceries.

 

Third, we invite you to offer and receive emotional solidarity to others in the ECCO community. You are invited to participate in this effort and/or to volunteer to help set up systems of emotional support.

Learn About the Sanctuary Movement

2017

Dear congregation,

Given the growing urgency around Trump’s deporation machine even here in Massachusetts, where our neighbors are under threat of arbitrary arrest, detention and separation from their families and communities we must talk about our role in the humanitarian response to this crisis.

The three commitments of the UUA’s LOVE RESISTS campaign are:

  • Expand Sanctuary

  • Grow Solidarity

  • Raise Our Voices

UUCGL has an opportunity to work in partnership with an interfaith network of people of conscience to provide rapid response support to those endangered by enforcement.

Please attend these worship services that will be informative, prayerful and discerning.

This toolkit from the UUA is hugely helpful in understanding our faith tradition’s history with Sanctuary and where we are now. It is a very good teaching tool and I encourage everyone to spend time reading it.

Here is an informative resource from Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice in Oregon.

Here is an article about the First Parish UU In Bedford, which is a level one sanctuary church.

This is an excellent resource on a broad range of subjects regarding sanctuary congregations and faith-based immigrant advocacy.

Please also read our handout Sanctuary Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about what it means for our church to choose to provide sanctuary.

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