Social Justice Committee
In early March 2011, we participated in the UU South Shore Food Drive, which collected almost 2,500 pounds of food. The combined total between Duxbury and Plymouth UU churches was 4,100 pounds of food, the equivalent of over 3,000 meals. Read the thank-you note from the Executive Director of theGreater Plymouth Food Warehouse here.
Some of Our Activities:The Box Project
The Box Project provides basic necessities such as food, household supplies, clothing and furniture to needy families on the South Shore. The program is one of the most popular social service opportunities at First Parish Church. For more information, click here.
UUSC and the annual Guest at Your Table campaign
The Brockton Soup Kitchen at Father Bill's and Mainspring, and the new Spring Street Residences, opened in October 2011
Recently, this organization opened The Spring Street Residences of Father Bill's. There are 31 units that house individuals, including 15 units specifically for veterans. Each unit has kitchenettes with microwave and appliances, a bed and night table, and a full bath. There is a sense of pride and new directions in the residents. They still need our assistance to succeed. Here is a Wish List:
Shower shoes (flip flops); men and women's undergarments in all sizes; backpacks; socks; razors; shampoo and conditioner; body soap; towels and wash cloths; blankets; stamps; twin sheets; paper products such as plates, cups, napkins, paper towels; and for Family Shelters, wooden picnic tables and chairs; first aid kits; adult and baby toiletries (shampoo/conditioner, baby cream; toothbrushes & tooth paste); outdoor toys such as basketballs, soccer balls, toddler toys and air pumps; twin sheet sets; comforters; crib sheets; pillows; kitchenware including pots, pans, flatware, dishes and dish towels; wall art and table lamps. See Bob Hughes for more information.
First Parish Church Duxbury Funding Guidelines FY2012 Non-Capital Cell Fund Income
Please complete application fully, attaching additional pages as needed for answers to questions 7, 8, and 9.
• Social Justice: Cindy Ladd Fiorini, chair, Social Justice Committee
Green Sanctuary Task Force
The Green Sanctuary Task Force worked hard and got our congregation certified as a Green Sanctuary by the UUA. This involves making our buildings and practices more energy-efficient, supporting environmentally progressive activities, events and initiatives, and educating members of the church community and the general public in ways to live in a more environmentally responsible manner, among other things. The co-chairs of the Green Sanctuary Task Force are Liz Polvinen and Anne Baird We are beginning the process of re-certifying our Green Sanctuary status..
As part of its charge, the task force places articles on environment issues in the Bell-Ringer. Read one here (MS Word doc).
The Social Justice Committee's Letter to the Boy Scouts of America
We wrote a letter to the Boy Scouts about their discrimination policies. You can read that letter here.
Social Action Table
UU Urban Ministry (www.uuum.org)
Our involvement with UUUM this past year has been to assist the Kingston UU Church with their annual summer picnic for Renewal House parents and children at a campsite in Plymouth. Everyone is welcome to participate, either by financial contribution, providing food and/or by attending the picnic. The 2012 Picnic date will be announced.
This past year we also invited a speaker, Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday. Dan’s sermon, his original poetry and his talk back after the service were extremely good and well received. We also had a special collection for UUUM raising approximately $1,500. For the past two years we have also been supporting the UUUM campership program out of our Social Justice cell tower monies. from the UUUM to preach on
Three members of First Parish Church have gone through training with UUUM and are working with residents of Renewal House.