The Social Action Committee spearheads projects relating to current social, political, and economic issues in the United States and/or abroad. Visit Social Action News & Events for current events and opportunities.
The church’s activities to promote social justice include:
- Awareness activities, including worship services on social justice issues and notices in the weekly e-news about events and initiatives.
- Educational workshops and organizing petition drives.
- Hosting an annual community-wide lecture on social justice.
- Facilitating civil disobedience training related to the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline.
- Sale of Equal Exchange goods at coffee hour, promoting fair wages for the workers who provide us with coffee, tea, olive oil, and cocoa products.
- “Tickets to Safety” fundraiser for Renewal House, a shelter for victims of domestic violence sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry. In 2016 we raised almost $1,400 to pay for transportation so more than 50 individuals were able to relocate away from their abusers.
- Participation in Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger. The church’s walking team of adults and youth annually raises more than $5,000 to support food pantries and feeding programs in Boston and beyond.
Four Focus Areas
The committee has chosen to focus its efforts on four areas:
The Theodore Parker Lectures
Since 2014, the church has sponsored annual free public lectures by clerics or theologians whose work reflects Rev. Parker’s drive to bend the moral arc of the universe toward justice. Those lectures are archived here.