Mission & Justice Updates – October 2019

Mission and Justice for October 2019

Environmental Justice

Global Climate Strike – September 20-27 – and beyond.

Several PACC folks participated in First Parish Arlington’s Climate Strike rally on the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 20th, including PACC’s own, 5-year-old Maya who spoke during the open mic for youth. Several other members of the extended PACC family went to the Boston event earlier that day. Find things you can continue to do to get local, state, national, and world leaders to address the climate crisis at https://globalclimatestrike.net/resources/ and firstparish.info/climate

The Arcadia Climate Change Video Contest

While climate change is a global issue, solutions start at the local level. And engaging and educating our community is essential to success. That is why Mass Audubon has partnered with the UMass Isenberg School of Management Marketing Department to host the Arcadia Climate Change Video Contest, running from September 9 through November 10, for people ages 29 and under. Questions? Email videocontest@massaudubon.org   Learn details here: https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/arcadia/get-involved/climate-video-contest.


Neighbors in Need (NIN) – Sunday, October 6th

Neighbors in Need is a program of our denomination, the United Church of Christ, that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States by giving out grants to local churches making a vital difference in their communities in fulfillment of Jesus’ command to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” The 2019 theme is “Love of Children.” For more information see https://www.uccresources.com/products/neighbors-in-need-nin-2019-special-mission-offering.  We will receive the offering on First Sunday of October (the 6th), as part of World Communion Sunday.

Immigration Justice

At Town Day we collected additional funds for Boston Immigration Justice and Accompaniment Network (BIJAN, pronounced Beyond)’s clothing, accessory, and snack packages for migrants being released from ICE detention in the greater Boston area and so once again you can donate funds for us to purchase or donate the following items:

  • Plain T-shirts (sizes small and medium are needed most), new or in great condition;
  • New socks;
  • Shoe laces;
  • Belts;
  • Visa gift cards;
  • Quarters;
  • Tooth brushes;
  • Travel size toothpaste, tissues, hand sanitizers, pillows; and
  • Nutritious, non-perishable snacks.

Also talk to Cindy Manson or Mike Rich about what else our group is doing with Beyond and the Mass. Conference UCC Immigration, Refugee and Asylum Task Team – https://www.macucc.org/immigration


Economic Justice / Easing Food Insecurity / Homelessness

Arlington EATS Market – Food Sunday – October 6th

Please bring donations of unexpired, unopened, non-perishable food and personal care items for the Arlington EATS Market (formerly known as Arlington Food Pantry) to church. Please leave your donations under the table in the narthex (Wollaston Avenue entry) on your way into the sanctuary Sunday morning..

They urge no glass containers and, according to www.arlingtoneats.org/help/donate-food, can always use the following standard sized staple items (* Items in high demand):

*Breakfast foods (Cereal/oatmeal, pancake mix, syrup)


Cooking oil

Baking goods (sugar, flour, honey, cake mixes)

Peanut butter and jelly (plastic jars)

Canned protein (Tuna, salmon, chicken, spam)

*Spaghetti sauce (plastic jars) and canned tomatoes

Meals in a can (beef stew, chili, ravioli, etc.)

*Taco kits

*Crackers, cookies, granola bars

*Personal care items (toilet paper, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner)

*Household supplies (laundry detergent, dish soap)

You may also donate by check payable to PACC or cash in a pew envelope noting that the funds are for “EATS”.

Remember to spread the word about PACC’s Beer and Hymn Sing event on October 19th to benefit Arlington EATS!

NEAT (Neighbors Eating All Together)

Check https://neatarlington.org/ for the next NEAT dinner at St. John’s Church (74 Pleasant St.) usually fourth Saturdays, from 5 pm-6 pm. This is a community dinner — open to all and free of charge.

PACC has been given the opportunity to participate in a donation and multi-generational Holiday Build A Bed event as part of their A Bed for Every Child program – Saturday, December 7 10:00 AM to Noon, at their Lynn facility.

See https://www.abedforeverychild.org for more information and talk to Mike Rich if you are interested in being part of a PACC Build a Bed Team.

Open and Affirming (ONA) – Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Marital Status, Race, Ethnicity, Mental and Physical Ability, Age, and Socio-Economic Background Issues

National Coming Out Day  

Sunday, Oct. 13, 3-5 PM at Open Spirit, Edwards Church, 39 Edwards Street, Framingham, MA

Open Spirit will host a National Coming Out Celebration, featuring the Just Peace Players. This liturgical drama group will perform scenes from several of their recent plays, telling stories of courageous LGBTQ people of spirit. They will lead the conversation, followed by refreshments. Endorsed by the ONA Ministry Team of the MA Conference, UCC.
There is no charge for the event; donations to support this program are appreciated. See more on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/2149041072056121/ Download a flyer: http://macucc-email.brtapp.com/files/tables/emails/2394775/files/national+coming+out+day_1.pdf

Access Sunday & Disabilities Awareness Week

October 13 – 19

Each year, the second Sunday of October is designated on the UCC church calendar as Access Sunday. It is an occasion when all the UCC will join together in celebrating the gifts of persons with disabilities and the strides that the church has made in being more whole through being more accessible. It is also a day that we, the church, acknowledge the journey yet to be taken with our sisters and brothers with disabilities.

Pastors and lay leaders, invite your congregation to join your UCC friends around the country in celebrating Access Sunday on this day, or on a Sunday more fitting to your church calendar. Find more information and resources at UCC Disabilities Ministries here: http://uccdm.org/programs/access-sunday/.

Racial Justice Issues

The Arlington Select Board meeting of September 9, 2019 addressed the Town Manager’s letter and community response to Lt. Richard Pedrini’s racist, anti-immigrant, and hateful writings. The discussion starts at 1:51 in this ACMI video: https://acmi.tv/videos/select-board-meeting-september-9-2019/

The “Assessment and Process Suggestions for the Town of Arlington” report of the Consensus Building Institute, which the Town hired to “offer recommendations for how best to move forward to foster healing, safety, and trust” may be found here: https://www.arlingtonma.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=47757

See Mass. Conference Racial Justice news and resources at https://www.macucc.org/racejustice


Sharing Our Gifts

You are invited to let the Mission and Justice Working Group know of organizations or causes you would like to see us donate to from our Mission and Justice annual budget and the interest on the Hayes Fund outreach endowment by sending an email to mission-and-justice@pacc-ucc.org with information about the organization, how much you would like to us give them, and how that dollar amount will make a difference.

Then join us at PACC on the evening of Tuesday, October 29th as we allocate funds between our current mission partners and decide which new projects to help.

PACC’s Connection to Our Denomination

“The churches and people of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ have a very long history of looking at the world and prayerfully working to make it a better place.”

See what is going on in the Mass. Conference and the wider church on Justice and Witness issues here: https://www.macucc.org/changingourworld

Third Joint Annual Meeting of the Southern New England Conferences of the UCC

Worcester, MA Friday, November 1 to Saturday, November 2, 2019

Theme “Cloud of Witnesses: UNBOUND” Scriptural focus: John 11:32-44.

“In June, the General Synod of the United Church of Christ approved the request of the Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island conferences to come together and form a new conference. That new conference officially comes into being on Jan. 1.

“But before that happens, our three conferences will gather for the last time as separate entities at this, our third joint annual meeting. “

The keynote speaker for this historic gathering will be Valarie Kaur, founder of the Revolutionary Love Project. Kaur is a Sikh racial justice activist, civil rights lawyer, award-winning filmmaker, educator and author of Revolutionary Love. https://www.macucc.org/eventdetail/12011650/speaker/2663866
“Delegates will also have opportunities to hear from one another during storytelling sessions and an evening reception, to worship together and to take part in plenary sessions. The new conference Board of Directors will give an update on the vision for the transition, including information on leadership.” https://www.macucc.org/eventdetail/12011650

At the September 2019 Meeting of the PACC Council of Deacons, the Council selected Mike and Betty Rich to be our lay delegates to Annual Meeting. Anyone else who wants to may attend Annual Meeting.  Talk to Mike Rich for information.

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