Social Action Committee
The Social Action Committee of UUCM Meets on the third Sunday of the month from 12-1 PM. The topics under discussion vary from month to month and are driven by the interests and energy of members--who are not necessarily Church members as the committee welcomes others who share our concerns. Some of our work is what might be broadly characterized as charitable, and other as educational, leading to efforts to effect change through political processes ranging from local to national or international in scope. When possible, we work collaboratively with other groups working an issue. Several times a year we offer Meetinghouse Series events which we offer to the town at large. With Covid, we have been meeting by Zoom.
The 7th Principle for UUs calls for Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. Current actions are focused on Sustainable Marblehead and Climate Matters.
UUCM participates in the Family Promise North Shore Boston program. Family Promise North Shore Boston is a nonprofit interfaith hospitality network that provides temporary shelter, meals, hospitality, and case management for families experiencing homelessness on the North Shore of Massachusetts.
UUCM has an on-going relationship with Lifebridge in Salem which provides regular meals to those in need. We have two adult groups and our Youth Group that prepares and serves meals during the month.
Racism & White Privilege
Many members of our church community are involved in the Marblehead Racial Justice Team and responsible for several events. This is a very active area of interest.
Justice in the Middle East (UUJME-MA)
Members of the Church have long been concerned about the treatment of Arabs in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Educational activities have helped raise awareness and further understanding.
Affirming the Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Community
In order to continue our desire to be a Welcoming Congregation, we continued many of the programs that we have had for several years.
We have a long history of working to improve the conditions and treatment of persons seeking justice and a better life.
Committee members have led a town-wide effort to change the name Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day.
Members of the Committee have a particular interest in the people, especially children in Guatemala
Criminal Justice Reform
Many members are deeply concerned about the current Mass Incarceration and working to try to improve the system.
The lack of affordable housing has been a long-standing issue for Marblehead as it is for most communities in the Greater Boston area.
Democracy in the United States has never fully represented the will of ALL the people. Restrictions on voting access, gerrymandering, and campaign finance inequities have also impacted basic freedoms. At least 49 states have introduced more than 400 NEW voter restriction bills. As of September 27, 2021, 19 state legislatures have enacted 33 new laws so far this year that restrict access to the vote. For more detail, click here. These laws especially affect people of color and young people. Many organizations are working hard to reverse this trend. Two major legislative efforts are underway right now—The Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
Need is dramatic when a catastrophe hits. In April of 2015 23,000 people were injured by the earthquakes and landslides in Nepal. The immediate medical care was remarkably good considering the numbers of persons needing treatment, but thousands still required rehabilitation to recover from the multiple fractures, amputations, spinal cord and brain injuries sustained in the quakes and landslides.
This successful project which brought physical therapy services to rural communities was spearheaded by Dr. Patrica Sullivan who coordinated efforts of the Marblehead Harbor Rotary Club, Dhulikhel Nepal Rotary, Dhulikhel Hospital, Kathmandu University, and Rehab Nepal Inc. UUCM was instrumental in providing donations for the project and support for a local village.