We’ve expressed our commitment to social justice over the years by having had an active Social Justice Committee. After a lapse of two years, this Committee has started up again, under the leadership of Liz Ammons and Ann Heintz. In 2021-2022, the goal is to focus on issues of racial justice. To this end, we plan to become involved in two areas: (1) connecting to a broader coalition of Boston-area faith-based organizations and working with them on particular issues of racial justice, and (2) becoming involved with a local Medford campaign which also involves racial justice.
In the past, our church’s commitment to social justice has found expression through a number of services and actions. For example we have:
- Assisted in planning the first Medford Conversations series on “Who Belongs? Dialogues about Race and Ethnicity in Medford and Beyond”…
- Held a ‘Welcoming’ service, for members of the Malden Islamic Center and the Medford Bangladeshi community, followed by lunch and conversation, later augmented by strong support for the new Islamic Cultural Center of Medford.
- Consecrated a Black Lives Matter banner and organized weekly demonstrations our lawn protesting the death of George Floyd and proclaiming that Black Lives Matter.
- Joined with over 600 other UU congregations in organizing a White Supremacy Teach-In.
- Held a year-long series of monthly films of interest to members of the LGBTQ+ community.
- Worked to support the SafeMedford program.
- Sponsored talks open to the Medford community by speakers such as Aviva Chomsky (Immigration) and Andrew Bacevich (Our Endless Wars).
If you are interested in more information about our Social Justice work, please contact Ann Heintz at firstname.lastname@example.org.