The Social Action Committee meets the 2nd Sunday of the month throughout the year, except in the summer. Membership in the Committee is open to both church members and church non-members.
It serves as a support for the members who are actively working on the wide range of interests and social justice concerns of its members ranging from local to international.
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.
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.
Social Justice assumes that we recognize the inherent worth and dignity of every person. This overarching principle applies to the equality of providing health care to those in need. 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 and the rural locations of many of the injured. Now, 8 months later, thousands still require rehabilitation to recover from the multiple fractures, amputations, spinal cord and brain injuries sustained in the quakes and landslides. This portion of our world community needs our support to achieve justice for all who cannot access rehabilitation services and who because of disabilities cannot work.
Racism & White Privilege
This past year several members of our church community were involved in the Marblehead Racial Justice Team and were responsible for several events. They are looking forward to another year of exciting projects.
Justice in the Middle East (UUJME-MA)
The Minster and 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.
Members of the Church have joined with UUs from Boston area UU congregations to form the Massachusett Chapter of Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East, UUJME-MA. UUJME is a national “affiliated organization” of the UUA.
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.
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.
We have a long history of working to improve the conditions and treatment of persons seeking justice and a better life.
This is a new project area for the Committee.
Meetinghouse Lecture Series
This open community lecture series has a focus on a variety of Social Action topics.