Share the Plate Nominations Invited

February 21 to March 31

First Parish in Concord pledging members and chartered groups are invited to submit nominations for the 2021-2022 (September through June) Share the Plate recipients (each receive 50% of offertory collection for one of ten months, so 10 recipient organizations for the fiscal year.) Email FP Social Action for more info. Learn more and access nominating form at Share the Plate.

Connecting to the Greater World of UU Social Action

Check out Adrienne’s new website section, with an impressive list of local, national, and international UU entities with resources, events, actions, workshops, working groups, connections, associations, trips, and more!  In addition to activities listed in FP Weekly, follow our “First Parish in Concord: Social Action Community” Facebook Page.

Family-Friendly Social Action Opportunities

Watch “Soundtrack of Social Justice” Presentation by 3 Musicians

Tuesday, March 9th, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Meet 3 amazing songwriters and performers who follow the spirit of the Civil Rights Movement to create songs that can help “put a human face on the often misunderstood nature of protest.”  A program of uulivinglegacy.org Learn more and REGISTER.

Enjoy Freedom Songs

“Buses Are A’Coming” sung by Bernice Johnson Reagon with images and history of the Freedom Riders of 1961 to integrate interstate travel.VIEW HERE

Interview with Bernice Johnson Reagon, famous youth Freedom Singer in the 19602 VIEW HERE 

“This Joy That I Have” December 202 rendition of freedom song sung by the all women’s/non-binary group Resistance Revival Chorus with delightful visuals. VIEW HERE

High Schoolers: Enter Your Video About Democracy ($ Prizes)

Tuesday, March 23rd at 8:00 p.m. Enter now until April 2, 2021

Create a 30-second video to create public awareness about what you learned about our democracy in 2020. League of Women Voters Massachusetts.  More Info

Help with Habitat Restoration at Drumlin Farm (ages 15+)

Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm in Lincoln is a 206-acre working farm and sanctuary with diverse field, forest, and wetland habitats that support many plant and animal species and link other open space lands in a regional wildlife corridor. Improve habitat quality for native species; learn about plant ID and restoration techniques; spend time outside with like-minded people. Volunteer sessions scheduled throughout the winter and spring.  Contact Pam Sowizral  781-259-220

UUA Uplift Monthly Gathering of LGBTQ+ (Welcomes Children)

Tuesday, March 23rd at 8:00 p.m.

Attend new UPLIFT monthly gatherings focused on trans, nonbinary, and other not (completely or at all) cis UUs.  Connect with other trans/nonbinary UUs and co-create support and community across our faith.  Bring yourself (and other trans/nonbinary friends, if you’d like)!  Share collective dreams, ideas, and talents. Expansive definitions of trans, nonbinary, and UU all apply. If you are interested in this space, and you aren’t cisgender, it’s a space for you.  Intentionally multi-generational, it is open to and welcoming of trans/nonbinary elders as well as children, youth, and young adults. Standard UUA online safety measures apply to ensure all people under 18 are able to attend. Not recorded and no requirement to appear on video.  LEARN MORE.

Adult Social Action Opportunities

Sign Petition to Support LGBTQ+ Civil Rights

March

As people of faith, we urge all members of Congress to vote yes on the #EqualityAct, a groundbreaking bill that provides consistent and explicit non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people. If you’re a person of faith for justice and love, add your name to this PETITION to Congress today.  A UU Side With Love project.

UUA Disaster Relief Fund Helping Texans After Snow Storm

LEARN MOREDONATE TODAY.

Amplify the Work of Our Legislative Power on Capitol Hill

Want to have an outsized impact on national legislation? Offer your talents to the UUSJ Capitol Hill Advocacy Corps. Opportunities include conducting issue research, tracking bills, supporting nationwide letter-writing campaigns, joining an issue task group, writing content for website monthly UUSJ e-News, help with development, membership support and more. Also needed are skills and business expertise to grow UUSJ as a national advocacy organization. LEARN MORE

Health Inequities Magnified by the Pandemic

Saturday, March 6th   9:30 a.m. – 12 Noon

Speakers from Family ACCESS of Newton, United American Indians of New England, and Health and Human Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Learn more and REGISTER

Environmental Team Monthly Meeting

Sunday, March 7th   7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Includes: Greening the Campus Project, new programming ideas, Earth Day prep. All are welcome.  Join Zoom Meeting

Reclaim Our Democracy Event Planning Group Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, March 10th   7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Email Fred Van Deusen for next meeting zoom link, to subscribe to email updates, and to learn more.  Reclaim Our Democracy is an inclusive, collaborative, multi-partisan First Parish group. Our goal is to reclaim our democratic rights as citizens of the United States of America to have a government that truly represents and supports the needs and desires of all people. We meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm. You can learn about us on our WEBSITE and on our Facebook page.

Local Police Chiefs Discuss Black Lives Matter, Pandemic, More

Wednesday, March 10th at 7:00 p.m.

Understand the work of the local police – challenges that the pandemic has created, the effect of the Black Lives Matter movement, additional community needs and ways to support the police. Watch panel discussion with police chiefs from Acton, Boxborough, Littleton, Maynard and Stow. Hosted by the League of Women Voters – Acton Area.  Register.​​​​​​​

North/Metrowest Regional Team Kick Off

Thursday, March 11th   7:00 – 8:15 p.m.

Expand your social justice impact!  All are welcome from the First Parish in Concord congregation to explore the possibilities of a brand new coalition of UU churches in our region to do social justice advocacy work under the auspices of UU Mass Action.  REGISTER  Interested:  You are invited to converse with the Social Action Manager 

Carbon Countdown 2021 – Workshops

Saturday, March 13th from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Hear from Senator Mike Barrett and Representative Dr. Tami Gouveia about the status and future of climate legislation. Attend BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Electrify Everything; Geothermal Microgrids; Net Zero Local Plan; Soil, Climate, Biodiversity and Human Health; The Gas Story: health aspects of cooking with gas; The future of Mass Save; Environmental/Energy Justice; Heat Smart Alliance; Tools for Community Organizers and Introduction to the Drawdown Project. REGISTER

Racial Justice Action Group Monthly Meeting

Monday, March 15th   7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Includes: overview of upcoming projects  All are welcome.   Join Zoom Meeting

Amnesty International Group 15 Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, March 16th   7:00 p.m.

All are welcome.  Email amnestygroup15@gmail.com for zoom link

UUA Uplift Monthly Gathering of LGBTQ+ (Welcomes Children)

Tuesday, March 23rd at 8:00 p.m.

Attend new UPLIFT monthly gatherings focused on trans, nonbinary, and other not (completely or at all) cis UUs.  Connect with other trans/nonbinary UUs and co-create support and community across our faith.  Bring yourself (and other trans/nonbinary friends, if you’d like)!  Share collective dreams, ideas, and talents. Expansive definitions of trans, nonbinary, and UU all apply. If you are interested in this space, and you aren’t cisgender, it’s a space for you.  Intentionally multi-generational, it is open to and welcoming of trans/nonbinary elders as well as children, youth, and young adults. Standard UUA online safety measures apply to ensure all people under 18 are able to attend. Not recorded and no requirement to appear on video.  LEARN MORE.

Net Carbon Sink, Not Net Zero

Tuesday, March 30th from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

30-minute MORNING presentation flowed by questions and comments.  Sharon McGregor will explain how Net Zero will get us only so far along the path to climate stabilization. A commitment to achieving Net Carbon Sink, which incorporates and fine-tunes Net Zero as an interim milestone, is necessary.  Part of monthly Sustainable Concord morning Coffee program by ConcordCAN.  Learn more and register HERE.

Watch “The Central Park Five” on PBS.org

Ken Burn’s documentary is about the five Black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989.  The whole story reveals horrendous racism still alive today. View the Central Park Jogger case, for the first time from the perspective of these five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice.

History of Social Justice Theologies in UUism Online Asynchronous Course

From earliest Unitarian and from Universalist history to today and Black Lives Matter and Climate action, learn about the intersections of UU theology and justice.  Provided by UU Leadership Institute.  REGISTER