NEW!!! Social Justice Council
Our congregation has a long history of engaging in justice issues; marching in the Boston Pride parade, helping with the rebuilding in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, serving meals at the Milford Community supper, learning about homelessness through participation in Common Cathedral in Boston, donating to various non-profits through the plate give-away. Many members and friends of FUSF participate in their own ways in other social action activities.
One thing that’s been missing is any organized coordination of the various social justice efforts. To that end the FUSF Board of Trustees and interim minister, Rev. Jenny Rankin encouraged a core group of interested members and friends to develop a structure to formalize social action at FUSF.
The Steering team, Vicki Coates, Harriet Fisher, Jen Johnson, Kathleen Kautzer and the Rev. Ann Willever presented a proposal to the Board on Dec 20th which was heartily endorsed. The plan is for a Social Justice Council which will include the Steering team and Working Groups in different areas, including environmental justice, economic justice, LGBTQ Rights/Human rights, racial justice & intercultural bridging, with team leaders for each group. New working groups can form as new issues of interest are identified and brought forward by supporters.
The Social Justice Council plans to launch an online newsletter to keep congregants informed about what’s happening, bring in speakers on various social action topics and encourage greater interaction with other Unitarian Universalist social action entities such as UU Mass Action and the UU Service Committee.
On Sunday, January 8 at 1:15 pm the Social Justice Council will hold its first meeting for those currently involved in FUSF social action initiatives and those who seek to become more involved.