Our Social Justice Team

Social Justice at UU Middleboro

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.

Summer Social Justice

Summer Social Justice

Narcan Training
Narcan training will be given at the church on Monday, June 24, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. The training will prepare participants to respond effectively if someone (visitor, pedestrian, etc.) suffers an opioid overdose/emergency. Narcan nasal spray (an over-the-counter drug) will be made available after the training. There is no charge for this session, and it is available to both congregation and the general public. 

Protecting Democracy
In collaboration with the Workers Circle, our congregation wrote 500 postcards to voters in the Atlanta GA area urging them to vote in Georgia’s May 22 primary. The Social Justice Team will conduct further writing drives as this election year progresses. We also recommend donations to the Workers Circle and two other organizations working to protect democracy, the movement Voter Project and Working America. All three are nonpartisan and non-profit.

https://www.circle.org/demanddemocracy

https://movement.vote

https://workingameerica.org

Summer Cash in the Plate 
June: 1st week: Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe Fund (non-profit) to acquire 38 acres of their ancestral land on Triangle Pond in Plymouth https://www.herringpondtribe.org/

June weeks 2-5: The Trevor Project, whose vision is “A world where all LGBTQ+ young people see a bright future for themselves. “Https://www.thetrevorproject.org”

July: Bridgewater Communities for Civil Rights (BCCR) is a “community-based organization dedicated to defending the rights of all persons while fostering open communication, providing opportunities to examine issues of social justice, and advocating for the elimination of bias and racism.”  https://bccrcivilrights.org/

August: Sacred Heart Food Pantry – A Society of St. Vincent de Paul conference serving the towns of Middleboro, Lakeville, Rochester, and Carver. The conference sponsors and operates the Sacred Heart Food Pantry in Middleboro which helps feed hundreds of families every month. https://sydmiddleboro.org

We’ve Almost Completed Postcarding to Georgia Voters!

We’ve Almost Completed Postcarding to Georgia Voters!

Quite a few folks in the congregation have been writing postcards to voters in Georgia to help motivate them to participate in the primary there on May 21. Just a few cards in our stack of 500 are still outstanding. The rest have been mailed. Please be sure to return your cards to Lois on…

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May Cash in the Plate

May Cash in the Plate

The Cash in the Plate for May will be going to the World Central Kitchen, which is resuming their Gaza operations after mourning the recent deaths in Gaza of seven of their members. The organization was founded by Chef José Andrés who has pursued a lifelong mission to fulfill the words of John Steinbeck in The Grapes…

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April Cash in the Plate

April Cash in the Plate

The Cash in the Plate for the month of April will be divided evenly among  three “get out the vote” organizations:  Movement Voter Project, The Workers Circle, and Working America.

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March Cash in the Plate

March Cash in the Plate

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…

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Herring Pond Wampanoags Solicit Donations to Help Acquire Some of Their Ancestral Land

Herring Pond Wampanoags Solicit Donations to Help Acquire Some of Their Ancestral Land

The Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe is requesting donations to enable them to acquire 38 acres of their ancestral land on the shores of Triangle Pond, located between Great Herring Pond and Long Pond in Plymouth. This land stewardship project will involve traditional ecological practices and “sacred ceremonies, food sovereignty, community empowerment, educational opportunities, and cultural…

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What Does Democracy Mean to You?

What Does Democracy Mean to You?

The Dock C. Bracy Center for Human Reconciliation is sponsoring a project to this effect. From now until May 1, they are accepting visual art and/or 200-character written-word submissions, in either Youth (

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“Very Concerning” Arrest of Black Trans Philadelphia Official Being Investigated

“Very Concerning” Arrest of Black Trans Philadelphia Official Being Investigated

The following story was reported on March 7 by Samantha Riedel of the online news site Them. A Pennsylvania state trooper has been placed on “restricted duty” after he threatened to use his taser on one of Philadelphia’s top LGBTQ+ officials during a traffic stop last weekend. The Philadelphia district attorney’s office is investigating the…

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Upcoming 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.