Make A Difference

Make a Difference

Racial Justice Working Group

Our Mission is to work with individuals and committees  and other groups within our Church community and the broader community to fulfill the mandate of the June 2018  Proclamation on Racial Justice, including to:
  • Provide ongoing, intentional learning opportunities  for our members, friends and  and the wider community to  deepen understanding of systemic racism and possible  ways to change it;
  • commit to being an intentionally and proactively anti-racist congregation;
  • commit to raising anti-racist children;
  • acknowledge the need to continue to reflect on our own individual and collective roles in perpetuating systemic racism;
  • commit, as a predominantly white congregation to study and reflect on white privilege and our own complicity in institutionalized racism;
  • remain mindful of the interconnectedness of racism with other systems of oppression that impact people based on class, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, age, culture, religion, and language.

Black Lives Matter

First Parish Church Duxbury Statement of Purpose: Black Lives Matter

As an act of public witness and to affirm our commitment to racial justice, First Parish Church Duxbury wishes to make this commitment known to the Unitarian Universalist Association and the community overall.

BLM Resolution June 2018

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.

Each family served by the program is matched with four First Parish families. The client family fills out a monthly request form, listing their food, household, clothing and furniture needs. First Parish families purchase the items and drop them off at a church member’s home in boxes or bags labeled with a number assigned to the client family. If the requests are large or contain costly items, additional funds are provided by the Social Justice Committee. The items are then delivered by First Parish volunteers. In December, a special church-wide effort results in providing Christmas presents for the dozens of families served by the program. Each month, a list of clothing needs is distributed.

For information on how to help, contact Carrie Meier through the church office (781-934-6532) or email carriemeier@comcast.net

Guest at Your Table

 

Guest at Your Table is a major annual event embraced by many UU congregations as a way for adults and children to learn about and support social justice programs worldwide. Funds collected through GAYT program help the UUSC operate its many social and economic justice programs world-wide.

First Parish Church has a long tradition of supporting the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), a powerful voice for human rights and social justice around the world for more than six decades. First Parish Church donates one dollar per member annually out of its operating budget to the UUSC. In addition, many people at First Parish participate in the annual Guest at Your Table (GAYT) fund-raising campaign to benefit the UUSC.

Feed The Homeless

The Social Justice Committee helps feed the homeless in Plymouth by providing bag lunches every Tuesday.

Each week, two volunteers prepare 10 sandwiches, which they deliver to the shed at church. Another volunteer provides 20 individually wrapped desserts and delivers them to the shed by 9:30 on Tuesday morning.

At the shed, the volunteers put together 20 bag lunches, which, in addition to sandwiches, also include individual servings of fruit, juice boxes, and chips.

Bob Hughes takes the bag lunches to Plymouth each week and distributes them.

If you would like to join our team of volunteers, please contact Donna Savicki (dsavicki@comcast.net) or 781-585-8041).

Thank you

Donna Savicki

Click HERE for Instructions:

 

Father Bills

Community Table

The Table at Father Bill’s and Mainspring of Brockton, MA, is a community lunch program that provides free healthy meals to men, women and children, six days a week.

The Table operates out of our MainSpring House emergency shelter in downtown Brockton, with support from dedicated donors and volunteers, and in partnership with Stonehill College’s The Farm, for fresh locally grown produce.

Volunteers, staff and guests get to know one another over a hot meal — served with dignity. When available, The Table also provides sandwiches and/or other take-out items.

The Table relies on volunteers to prepare and serve lunch.

FPC’s Environmental Working Group (EWG) encourages church members and friends to serve meatless meals. Follow the links below to some of our favorite recipes. If you’d like to join the EWG or if you have a recipe that you’d like to share, please contact Donna Savicki (dsavicki@comcast.net)

Click here for Delicious Meatless Recipes!

 Vegetarian Recipes 

EatingWell.com is a reliable source for healthy recipes. Copy this link into your browser for “28 Vegetable Side Dishes That Are Perfect For Summer.”

https://www.eatingwell.com/

The Green Team

JOIN THE GREEN TEAM – ADD GREEN POWER TO THE EVERSOURCE GRID

If you currently purchase your electricity from Eversource and are not planning to install solar panels anytime soon, the Social Justice Committee recommends that you visit http://www.energyswitchma.gov to see how you can increase the amount of renewable energy in the Eversource grid. You have many choices with regard to suppliers. Your options include the type (e.g., wind or solar) and amount of renewable energy they use, the length of your contract (if any) and the per kilowatt hour price you pay. FPC’s Social Justice Committee members and friends were surveyed about their electricity suppliers. The results of the survey may be found at https://uudux.org/committees/ under the Social Justice Committee or you can pick up a hard copy outside the church office. If you would like to speak with an FPC SJC member who purchases electricity from a supplier other than Eversource, Mary Flanagan and Donna Savicki are both happy to share their experiences thus far.

SJC March 2019 Energy Survey