Social Action

The Social Action Committee is a part of First Parish Milton.

We are dedicated to taking action to support

  • Anti-Poverty
  • Anti-Racism
  • Going Green/Climate Change

Our current involvements include:

Fair Foods is a non-profit food rescue organization dedicated to providing surplus goods at low or no cost to those in need. Since 1988 we have rescued and delivered millions of pounds of fresh produce and quality building supplies to low income communities throughout New England and around the world. First Parish volunteers meet at First Parish on the 2nd Saturday of the month, travel to Roxbury together to help distribute food. (October – June)

Father Bills

Father Bill’s & MainSpring is committed to ending and preventing homelessness in Southern Massachusetts with programs that provide emergency and permanent housing and help people obtain skills, jobs, housing, and services. We help people who are struggling with homelessness or are at risk of homelessness to achieve self-sufficiency. First Parish volunteers will help prepare and serve a meal to our neighbors in need on the third Saturdays of the month (October – June)

Courageous Conversations. This is a partnership with the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association, Milton Reflecting, and Milton for Peace. This monthly series is a dialogue-centered programs on racism and privilege designed to address racial healing and justice in our town. Now more than ever, we must engage in this critical work of recognizing and dismantling racism in our society. Meetings are monthly and at various church location in Milton.

Other activities include:

Annual Toiletries Drive for Renewal House. Renewal House is a domestic violence shelter for individuals and families who are fleeing violence or abuse. Since 1980, Renewal House has provided temporary emergency shelter and advocacy services to more than 1,000 individuals and families escaping domestic violence

The Mother’s Day Walk for Peace (Louis D. Brown Institute)
www.motherdaywalk4peace.org
If you are interested in joining us for one of these fun and transforming events, please contact: David Goodrich or Linda Carney-Goodrich, Social Action Chairs at: socialaction@fpmilton.org.

Green Action Team

First Parish Milton UU- Divestiture of Fossil Fuels

The Trustees of Parish Funds joined a growing movement this November when it voted to divest from direct investments in fossil fuels.   All three investment managers have been instructed to re-direct $252K, or approximately 4% of the church’s endowment that is held today in fossil fuel investments.  The Trustees’ decision sends a strong moral message to the parish and Milton community regarding the church’s commitment to fight climate change. Click here to read more.

Plastics Ban- UPDATE January 2019

Milton Town Meeting members voted to ban single-use plastic bags in local retail stores last October. The Warrant article was amended on the floor of the voting session from a requirement of 4Mils thickness to 2.5Mils. It will take effect six months from the date our state Attorney General approves it, or on July 1, 2019, whichever date falls latest.  This legislation does not affect plastic bags used for meat or fish purchases. If you shop in Hyde Park or Dorchester now, Boston’s bag-ban took effect in December so…. pack your reusable bags or be prepared to pay a nominal fee. Thank you to all who contacted their precinct Town Meeting Members about this. They listened and voted accordingly!

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE TRAINING on May 15, 2019

Green Action Team is widening First Parish Church’s climate/environment/social justice advocacy reach.  Please consider attending this training workshop on May 15 in Bedford, MA.  Jennie Mulqueen plans to be there but will drive directly from work.  Bedford, MA is a hike, especially at that time of day, but the payback will be “priceless.”  And while there, take note of First Parish Bedford’s new solar array — it may be in progress, or completed: 21st century meets a venerable Colonial landmark.See flyer below!

Peter Schneider and Tucker Smith, Green Action Team

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