The Social Action Council at First Parish comprises ten committees that actively work for social action and change. They focus on a wide range of issues and concerns. It’s easy to get involved and make a difference!
Domestic Violence Roundtable
First Parish supports and collaborates with the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable, which provides shelter and recovery services for victims and works to prevent all forms of abuse in our local communities.
Family Promise Metrowest
First Parish offers support to this organization that helps families experiencing homelessness, and low-income families, achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response.
As a Green Sanctuary, First Parish in Wayland is doing our part to create a world in which all people make reverence, gratitude, and care for the living Earth central to their lives.
With a mission to mitigate injustices faced by immigrant neighbors, the Immigration Justice Committee organizes opportunities to create conversation, inspire social action and offer engagement. The Committee is affiliated with the Metrowest Immigration Solidarity Network (MISN).
Lydia Maria Child Fund for Activism
First Parish’s Lydia Maria Child Fund (LMCF) supports engagement in activism to improve our world. The Fund, created in 2017 in response to the congregation’s desire for expanded activism, provides grants to fund social and environmental justice initiatives by First Parish members and friends, including those initiated by youth.
Partakers is a Massachusetts non-profit that supports in-prison college education by coordinating teams of volunteers who mentor women and men in five different prisons. First Parish’s Partakers group currently supports one prisoner at MCI Norfolk.
Turning Point Committee
This group coordinates the preparation and delivery of a monthly meal for the Turning Point Men’s Emergency Homeless Shelter in Framingham. Members of the First Parish community sign up to provide specific food items, and Turning Point Committee volunteers deliver it to the shelter.
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization advancing human rights together with an international community of grassroots partners and advocates. First Parish supports the UUSC with financial contributions and volunteer time.
Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry
First Parish is one of 50 UU churches in the Boston area that supports the UU Urban Ministry both financially and with volunteer time. The UUUM supports survivors of domestic violence, works to close the achievement gap for urban youth through academic and life skills coaching, and supports families in the Roxbury area as they strive to build a better future.
This group works together with Ugandan immigrants living in nearby communities to support their hopes and provide vital assistance to people in their home regions of Uganda.
Designated by the Unitarian Universalist Association as a Welcoming Congregation, First Parish extends a warm welcome to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. We support LGBT people and issues in our congregation and in the wider world. We provide programming to educate and increase awareness.