At last week’s Board meeting, the Board enjoyed a presentation by Tali Smookler from UU Mass Action* about a new partnership program with UU Mass Action. Karen Martin (Climate Justice Group), Nancy Lennhoff (Racial Justice Team) and Dick Howe (Community Action Team) joined the meeting to offer their support for the proposal that North Parish become one of UU Mass Action’s congregational partners. North Parish is already deeply engaged with UU Mass Action and fulfilling much of what would be asked of a congregational partner. This partnership would deepen that engagement and provide opportunities for coaching/mentoring for social justice leaders, youth engagement, and congregational education. The Board decided to engage the congregation in conversation about this partnership before voting on the matter. To that end, there will be:
- information available at coffee hour over the next few weeks and an opportunity to ask questions
- an in-person information gathering (to be scheduled)
- an on-line opportunity to find out more and ask questions
The Board looks forward to hearing from you! Check the UU Mass Action website or visit the social action table after service in the parish hall to find out more. *UU Mass Action is a statewide advocacy network founded in 2006 whose mission is to organize and mobilize UUs in Massachusetts to confront oppression. The organization connects the 140 Unitarian Universalist congregations and 25,000 members, to “work smarter, not harder” for social justice by sharing ideas and joining forces to raise our compassionate voice in Massachusetts. Many North Parishioners have taken part in UU Mass Action programs and trainings that focus on issues that are in line with our UU values and faith commitment: climate and environmental justice, racial justice, indigenous rights, immigrant justice, and ending mass incarceration and solitary confinement.