Social justice has long been an important part of Unitarian Universalist history, and is just as vital today throughout our denomination. One way we describe our faith is “deeds, not creeds.”
We have rooms in the Parish House named after some of our forbearers. We honor Dorothea Dix, a Unitarian who advanced nursing practices during the civil war and started a major transformation of mental health treatment facilities, and Clara Barton, a nurse who started the American branch of the Red Cross.
At First Parish in Framingham, we continue deeds for social justice through a variety of efforts within our local community and beyond. Our Social Justice Coordinating Council supports these efforts, and is a group that people with new ideas can go to for guidance on how to start a new social justice working group.