Our Commitment to Social Action
In my October newsletter article, I talked about a major focus that developed out of the board leadership retreat; our congregation’s community social action service. We identified the good work we are doing, serving community supper, providing food to the Franklin food pantry, and other acts of giving but the board asked, “what can we do as a whole congregation to serve justice and make our larger community a better place?” What are our passions for social action, our mission and how do we engage?
As Unitarian Universalists we are called to make a positive difference in our wider communities and the world. We work to serve, to raise awareness, and to support people. We advocate, organize, and act for justice to live out the values of our faith.
This congregation is a caring community and has a clear commitment to social action. In our mission statement we write that we will “Influence the larger community by visibly demonstrating our Unitarian Universalist principles through our daily living, social action and community service”.
As we move forward to further identify where our social action passions direct us, I ask you to ask yourself these questions:
I believe the role of the congregation in working for social justice is….
My passions lie with the issues of….(hunger, racism, income inequality, immigration, global warming…)
The conversation will continue over the coming months.
I want to send a shout out of gratitude to our very dedicated and hard-working fundraising committee. They are managing several events/activities right now from the Online auction, Talent and Services auction, Wine Tasting event, Trivia events. These activities all merge in the next few weeks so they are very busy and need everyone’s support. The team could also use new volunteers to help with specific events. Please thank Katie Nunes, John Magadieu, Kathy Stankard, Bill Callahan, and Bo Kinney next time you see them and don’t forget to join in on these very important and fun events.
In Faith and Friendship,