Mission and Justice

Mission and Justice Matters at PACC

Local

Arlington Food Pantry

Bring non-perishable food items and household goods to church by Sunday, June 3. Find high-need items here: arlingtonfoodpantry.org/donate-food. You may also donate by check or cash noting that the funds are for AFP. Thanks for your generosity and thanks to Bryan Mau for delivering our items to the AFP.

NEAT (Neighbors Eating All Together)

The next NEAT dinner at St. John’s Church (74 Pleasant St.) is Saturday, June 23, from

5 pm-6 pm.  This dinner is a community dinner, open to all and free of charge. If you’d like to volunteer, look for an email to chat, or please speak to Kate Lindheim.

Somerville Homeless Coalition’s Community Supper

PACC provides a meal for about 25 people on the 4th Monday of every month. June 25 this month. Look for an email to CHAT or speak to Kate Lindheim if you’d like to prepare dinner, provide food, and help set up, plate food, serve food, or clean up.

Massachusetts Poor People’s Campaign

The Poor People’s Campaign will hold rallies at the Massachusetts State House on June 4 and 11, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Talk to Jill Lewis if you’d like to go with her. Sat., June 23, 10:00 am is the “Global Day of Solidarity and Sending Forth Call to Action Mass Rally” in Washington, DC. For more information check out – https://www.macucc.org/engage.

Wider Church

The Council of Deacons has named Mike Rich and Betty Gitlin-Rich as PACC’s delegates to Tri-Conference Annual Meeting, June 15 – 16, Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA. You can join us for this exciting event.

See https://www.macucc.org/eventdetail/8909660 for more details.

GUN VIOLENCE

Please see https://www.macucc.org/guncontrol , for resources compiled by The Justice and Witness Council of the Massachusetts Conference UCC.

Regional

City Mission Boston

City Mission Boston has a Social Justice Internship Program that invites rising high school juniors, seniors, and recent graduates who are interested in social justice to apply to their summer internship program! Interns will explore some of the root causes and consequences of poverty, inequality, and racism, as well as technical skills such as public policy research, service-learning, communications, and nonprofit organizational structure. More details can be found here: citymissionboston.org/what-we-do/educational-opportunities/social-justice-internships/

 ISSUES

RACIAL JUSTICE

 We distributed our 2017 Hayes Fund income in May to Dorchester Special Athletes ($600.00) http://dorchesterspecialathletes.weebly.com/ and Greater Boston Legal Services School to Prison Pipeline Intervention Project ($895.00) https://www.gbls.org/our-work/elder-health-disability/school-to-prison-pipeline-intervention-project.

Mass. Conference UCC Racial Justice Task Team

https://www.macucc.org/racejustice

Mass. Conference UCC Immigration and Refugee Concerns Task Team https://www.macucc.org/immigration

LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL and TRANSGENDER CONCERNS

41st Annual Pride Interfaith Service – June 9, 10:00 am

Union Church, 485 Columbus Ave., South End, Boston

Pride Interfaith Coalition Members: Congregation Am Tikva, Dignity/Boston, Earth Spirit, First Church Somerville UCC, Queer Muslims of Boston, SGI / Nichiren Buddhist Association

Pride Morning Worship – June 9, 11:00 am

Old South UCC – Copley Square, Boston

Pride Morning Worship is a high-energy, joyous annual service celebrating the LGBTQ community. This year we will honor Freedom for All Massachusetts, the bipartisan coalition committed to defending the Bay State’s existing transgender-inclusive nondiscrimination law at the ballot this November.

48th Annual Boston Pride Festival – June 9, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Boston City Hall Plaza

48th Annual Boston Pride Parade – June 9, staging 7:30 am to Step off 12:00 pm

Back Bay to Copley to South End to Beacon Hill to City Hall Plaza

2018 Boston Pride Calendar of Events

http://www.bostonpride.org/calendar/ includes links to the above and much more.

Freedom for all Massachusetts

In November, Massachusetts will vote for respect and dignity. Here’s what you need to know. On Election Day, Massachusetts voters will face the first-ever statewide popular vote on protections for transgender people from discrimination. The referendum would repeal our state law that protects transgender people from discrimination in public places, including restaurants, stores, and doctors’ offices. A “yes” vote keeps the current law as it is. See https://www.freedommassachusetts.org/ for more information.