Our church strongly supports social justice. The Social Justice Committee is currently working cooperatively with the SJC from the neighboring First Parish Church of Malden. For three years our SJC worked as a “Task Force on Immigration.” We helped start the Boston chapter of the New Sanctuary Movement, and worked closely and supportively with Centro Presente and the Refugee Immigration Movement. Our work for immigrant rights continues, but we are now committed to taking up a number of different social justice issues as well.
Although the Community Cupboard Food Pantry, which is located in the church, is economically independent and completely secular, it is warmly supported in its mission by the church. The Food Pantry is staffed by a coalition of volunteers from the church and from the community. For many people in the church, it represents a concrete way of translating our Unitarian Universalist commitment to service into direct action in the community.
Post Office Collection Food Pantry Delivery
Special Thanksgiving Food Distribution.
On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving each year, members of the church and people from the community come together to prepare Thanksgiving baskets for people who come to the Community Cupboard Food Pantry located in the church as well as for others in need in the community. As a way of learning first-hand about service to others, children in the church’s Religious Education Program play an active role in helping to prepare these baskets, although only adults are present for the actual distribution of the food.
More information on the Community Cupboard Food Pantry for prospective clients, donors and volunteers is available here.