SOCIAL ACTION FORUMS
The Social Action team seeks to provide leadership, guidance, and support to the energy for social action in our church community. We serve in four key ways: Service—responding to immediate needs in our communities and across the world; Education—informing ourselves about social issues; Witness—acting in ways that express clear moral statements about a social issue; Action—organizing to directly influence the forces and structures that oppress and cause injustice.
The team will select themes for the year during the first Social Action Forum in September. Past themes have been: Standing on the Side of Love (immigration), Economic Justice, Environment and Food Mindfulness. Throughout the year, Social Action Forums are held to share ideas and evolve our commitment to the selected initiatives.
HARBOR TO THE BAY RIDE
H2B is a one-day bike ride from Boston to Provincetown dedicated to improve community awareness, access to care, and the quality of care for people living with HIV and AIDS. 100% of the donations go directly to the cause. A team from First Parish raises money to ride in the event, and we staff a pit stop with enthusiastic supporters and food.
All welcome for the pit crew / Bikers need to train and raise pledges for the ride
WALK FOR HUNGER
Walkers raise money to provide food for emergency food programs in 130 Massachusetts cities and towns. These funds provide a hot meal or a bag of groceries for hungry families each winter. Each year, First Parish has a team which walks all or part of the Walk for Hunger.
MOTHERS' DAY WALK FOR PEACE
First Parish has participated in this inspiring inter-generational event since 2012. This raises funds for the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute in Dorchester, which provides support service to families impacted by violence.
BOSTON PRIDE PARADE
First Parish in Brookline has been marching in the Boston Pride Parade since 2004, behind our Welcoming Congregation banner and with other local UU churches. A wonderful, celebratory day starts with an uplifting service at Arlington Street Church at 11:00 am. Then we all walk to the staging area and the parade steps out around noon.
AIDS WALK BOSTON AND 5K RUN
For 25 years, thousands of dedicated participants have raised millions of dollars for AIDS Action's innovative programs and services that are essential to maintaining the health of individuals living with the disease and preventing the spread of the epidemic. Just as important, the Walk also raises our awareness of the impact HIV/AIDS has on individuals, families, and the community at-large, reminding us all that we must work together to stop the spread of HIV.