The Unitarian Universalist second principle affirms and promotes “Justice, equity and compassion in human relations.” At First Church we infuse social justice in the worship, education, advocacy and direct work that we do.
Since its earliest years, the First Church congregation has participated in social justice projects and activities within the church, the local community and beyond. However, these activities were conducted in an ad hoc manner without a sense of cohesion.
In 2009-2010, the Social Justice Ministry Team launched a new initiative to have the congregation choose a theme for social justice activities. Congregation members joined theme teams, which developed and presented on their choice for a theme. The congregation then voted to select the theme for the year. Education and Literacy was chosen.
In 2010-2011, the SJMT decided to extend the Education and Literacy theme for another 2 years, so congregation members would have more time to develop and implement their projects. For learn more about the current projects, see Education and Literacy projects below.
In 2011-2012, the SJMT continued the final year of the Education and Literacy theme. In Spring 2012, we launched the selection process for the next theme and selected Food Justice as the new theme. In late spring and over the summer, the SJMT started engaging in Food Justice efforts.
In 2012-2013, the SJMT continued to bring Food Justice opportunities to the First U church community.
In 2013-2014, the SJMT decided to continue its Education/Literacy and ongoing projects, while the Ministry Team regrouped and developed new membership. During this time, we also added Ending Mass Incarceration projects.
In 2014-2015, the SJMT plans to focus on the Education/Literacy, Ending Mass Incarceration, and ongoing projects that our church community has supported over the past several years. We also hope to start working with UUPLAN initiatives and possibly join the social justice efforts of other neighboring UU congregations.