We affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of all and respect the interdependence of all creation. We seek to build partnerships with other groups and extend bridges across barriers of race, class, sexuality and gender, ability and generations.
This site provides information about organizations, events, and activities that promote social justice.
Current Social Justice news
FUUSM’s Conflict De-Escalation Training by Impact Boston on Saturday, Sept. 16 was attended by 18 people including two from North Congregational Church, during what was forecast to be the height of post-tropical storm Lee. Feedback has been positive. Impact Boston is interested in continuing to partner with FUUSM in offering these trainings regionally. So stay…
The Rotary Club has asked if we would like to host a Peace Pole. We received this invitation too late to take action this year; Peace Week is already in progress. Here’s a photo of Bridgewater’s Peace Pole, with the same message in many languages around four sides of the pole. The Middleboro Rotary…
The MA Indigenous Legislative agenda for 2023 consists of 5 bills. Here are two of them: An Act to Protect Native American Heritage. H.3248/S.2186 (Rogers/Biele, Collins) This would ensure that Native American funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony (those of cultural, traditional or historical importance to their heritage) held in governmental, municipal…
Bridgewater Senior Center, 10 Wally Krueger Way Thursday, September 7 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. To reserve a space, call 508-697-0929 or email https://www.Bridgewaterma.org/157/Elder-Affairs This event meets monthly on the first Thursday. Co-sponsored by OCES and the Senior Center
Beginning September 7, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. at Bridgewater State University; Thursday rehearsals. Open to community members of all ages. Email Dr. Sarah McQuarrie at email@example.com to sign up or to ask for more info about this intergenerational choir dedicated to singing music that promotes a message of peace and justice as well as performs acts of community…
The Bridgewater Public Library has a photo exhibit on The A-Bomb and Humanity on display throughout September. This display commemorates the anniversaries of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings (1945) and all the suffering surrounding these events. M – F 9 – 8; Sat. 9 – 3:30 Produced by the Japan Confederation of A and H-Bomb…
FUUSM members and others stood on our church lawn to celebrate the Juneteenth holiday and the ongoing struggle to achieve true freedom.
Social Justice events
More about Social Justice at UU Middleboro
The mission of the Social Justice Team of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Middleborough is to help the congregation take actions that create positive change in people, in our communities and in the world. Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal theology of engagement. We covenant to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of all people and to promote respect for the interdependent web of creation of which we are a part. We draw inspiration and truth from experiencing each other and the world around us. We witness both the beauty and brokenness of our world, and we choose to do social justice work to recognize the beauty and to address the brokenness.
We seek to explore and address issues of systemic privilege and oppression. We look to build partnerships with other faiths and secular groups, to build bridges across barriers of race, class, sexuality and gender, abilities and the generations. We look to strengthen coalitions for justice by working as accountable partners in local projects. Projects may include education, raising awareness about justice issues, advocacy, public witnessing and service. Accountability includes a willingness to take on supportive roles and receive leadership from marginalized groups.
How our work is done is as important as the end goal of promoting justice. We work to stay conscious of the ways that race, class and other privileges advantage one group while simultaneously disadvantaging others. We also strive to be aware that the benefits the privileged receive operate to perpetuate the status quo. If the justice work we do helps build community – rather than create division – we will move ourselves, our communities and the goals of justice forward.
Our Current Projects
The Team brings news and information to the congregation about social justice events and activities being held in our community, offers training and runs events that are of major interest to church members, and actively supports several local organizations including Bridgewater Committee for Civil Rights (BCCR). The Brockton Chapter of the NAACP, the Matthew Mission Food Pantry, and Sustainable Middleboro.
Our Social Justice Team
Team members are Lois Aldrich, Dody Adkins-Perry, Deanne Bonnar, Bill Howe, and Christine Hoyle. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact a member of the team or write to sjt@UUmiddleboro.org.