The South Coast LGBTQ+ Network has opened a new headquarters in Taunton center. The many support services offered by the Network now have an even more local face. They include ongoing support to LGBTQ+ youth and their families, trans and non-binary adults, and LGBTQ+ elders: fun group activities, as well as targeted support services, in all these areas. They will be screening the new Netflix film “Rustin” soon in a Taunton venue; stay tuned. https://www.sclgbtqnetwork.org/
Our team has been researching how our congregation can maximize its impact on the critical 2024 elections. We’ve reviewed non-profit organizations that can help us increase both voter turnout and knowledge of the issues voters need to know when casting their votes. And on the first Sunday in April (4/7), we will present opportunities that we believe can offer all of us effective ways to become engaged and have a significant impact on our democracy at local, state and federal levels.
Our congregation’s March Cash in the Plate (CIP) will be donated to Brockton based Health Imperatives that has as its mission “to improve the health and well-being of low-income, vulnerable people in Southeastern Massachusetts.” Because March includes a fifth Sunday this year, the proceeds of the CIP that day (3/31) will be given to the Mashpee based Native Land Conservancy, a Native led land conservancy that is working to purchase additional land to expand the conservancy.
The Poor Peoples Campaign's nationwide Moral March day of action will take place on Saturday, March 2 at 10 am in most state capitals across the country. There will be a follow up action Monday March 4 at 10 am to lobby and deliver demands to legislators. The Poor Peoples Campaign represents the urgent needs of poor people and low-wage workers.
The book is At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance–A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power, by Danielle L. McGuire (2010). An online discussion led by the Dock C. Bracy Center for Human Reconciliation will be Wednesday, Feb. 28, 7 – 9 pm.
UU Middleboro contributed $420 toward the Haitian refugees’ Christmas, joining with other churches and organizations to ensure all parents as well as children received gifts. In December our congregation also contributed to Doctors Without Borders ($1,002) and to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund ($500). The January Cash in the Plate was donated to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund. The February Cash in the Plate will be donated to the Brockton Area branch of the NAACP.
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has pulled together various resources to inform congregations and communities of the tragic ongoing situation in Israel/Gaza. We would like to share their message with you, as well as their link to the various resources available for you to review. “We are keenly aware that members of our UU community do not all share an identical analysis of the history of the region or realities of the current crisis, and yet what is clear is that we are all united by our shared heartbreak over the killing, kidnapping, displacement, and violence impacting so many of