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.

Social Justice in March

Social Justice in March

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.

Looking ahead, 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. 

New Taunton Office for South Coast LGBTQ+ Network

New Taunton Office for South Coast LGBTQ+ Network

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…

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Cash in the Plate for March

Cash in the Plate for March

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…

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Save the Date: Poor Peoples Campaign Rally in Boston on Saturday, March 2

Save the Date: Poor Peoples Campaign Rally in Boston on Saturday, March 2

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…

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Save the Date (and Read the Book): Discussion of At the Dark End of the Street

Save the Date (and Read the Book): Discussion of At the Dark End of the Street

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…

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28 Short Articles on Race in February

28 Short Articles on Race in February

One in your inbox every day. Our friend Laurene Powers of BCCR recommends these. Subscribe at https://subscribe.the-ard.com/. A donation is requested but not required.

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BCCR’s Past Year in Photos

BCCR’s Past Year in Photos

Check out this slide show of the events held by our friends at the Bridgewater Communities for Civil Rights in 2023, created by David Michael: https://www.bccrcivilrights.org/2023.html

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February Cash in the Plate

February Cash in the Plate

The Cash in the Plate for the month of February will be donated to the Brockton Area branch of the NAACP.

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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.