Transgender Inclusion in Congregations Introductory Meeting
Sunday, January 15 at noon after church
As part of the Welcoming Renewal our congregation is undertaking, the Social Action Committee will present a six-session program, “Transgender Inclusion in Congregations.” This presentation will explore the intersection of trans-identity, spirituality, and faith community to gain the grounding, context, and skills needed to transform ourselves and our congregation.
The course will start in late January/February and will be presented on Zoom. There will be a video to watch together or on your own and a Zoom discussion after each of the six sessions. We will need a commitment of at least ten people to hold this program. You can sign up on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall, or on the online signup sheet.
Please join us on January 15 at noon, after church, for a short presentation about the program.
The mission of the Social Action Committee is twofold: (1) to develop opportunities for the congregation to engage in discussion of issues related to social justice and (2) to identify social-action needs and coordinate and support the congregation in activities in pursuit of social justice locally, nationally, and internationally as a means of living out our Unitarian Universalist principles.
As Unitarians Universalists, we believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We practice our Unitarian Universalist principals through our community outreach and education programs and events.
- We advocate for social justice through our connections to the Essex County Community Organization (ECCO), https://www.eccoaction.org; through UU Mass Action, https://www.uumassaction.org; and though our elected officials.
- Our Share the Plate program supports non-profit organizations doing important social justice work locally, nationally, and internationally.
- We organize food and clothing drives to support local pantries and shelters.
- We support decent working conditions, sustainable wages, and equitable trade relationships through Fair Trade partnerships.
- We support the LGBTQ community as a Welcoming Congregation, by flying the LGBTQ flags, and through participation in the annual North Shore Gay Pride Parade.
- We support local refugee and immigrant families from the Congo and Ethiopia financially and in shared social activities.
- We address instances of racism within our community.
We are constantly educating ourselves about social justice issues through common reads, study groups, movies and videos, and speaker presentations. Past study group topics include immigration, environmental justice, ethical eating, and Black Lives Matter. Recent common reads include Breath, A Letter to my Sons by Imani Perry, The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, and They Take Our Jobs! and 20 Other Myths about Immigration by Aviva Chomsky.
Read more about our educational and outreach programs under Social Justice. To learn about our current study groups, common reads, upcoming speakers, and Share the Plate, check out Good Things are Happening.
The Social Action Committee welcomes new members. If you are interested in joining us, contact Cheryl Ferris, Chair of the Social Action Committee.