Social action at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence takes many shapes and forms – education, advocacy, public witness, fund raising, and direct service, within our congregation and in collaboration with other community, national, and UU groups.

See our Social Justice Groups for more information.

Friday Social Justice Gatherings: “The Friday Flame”

Beginning Sept. 17, from 5 to 6:30pm on the third Friday of every month, all are welcome to gather on Zoom to share hopes, worries, fears, plus ideas and plans related to social justice. We’ll have time to share what’s in our hearts and on our minds, plus each social justice group will provide updates. This is a time for learning, reflection, and cross-pollination about social justice. Adding to our efforts to mobilize for the 2022 election, reverse climate change, and achieve racial justice, right now thousands of Afghan refugees and asylum seekers are arriving in the U.S. With all these challenges, what are we called to do as Unitarian Universalists? And how will we do it - together? FMI: contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

RACIAL JUSTICE EFFORTS

We work to support and strengthen the congregation’s commitment to racial justice. In the words of the proposed 8th principle of the UUA, “we affirm and promote journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community”.
We offer a variety of learning opportunities to meet people’s learning styles, and work with other congregations and groups with similar goals. We encourage ourselves and the congregation to face and challenge personal and institutional habits that perpetuate white supremacy, unconscious bias and systemic oppression.

We are encouraging everyone to read the UUA's Widening the Circle, which looks at long term and institutional change in our congregations and Unitarian Universalism in general. We will use this document as a guide in looking at institutional change at USNF.  We maintain an google group to share racial justice events and actions in the wider community. FMI: Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

USNF THE VOTE

USNF the Vote works to protect and strengthen democracy. Learn more about our current projects here. In 2020, over 150 congregants wrote postcards & letters and made phone calls – well over 25,000 – to protect and turn out the vote. In 2021, we’re supporting local groups who do grassroots organizing year round, and working on state and national-level actions that have compelling strategies to protect and strengthen democracy.
Work has already begun to prepare for the 2022 election. Voter suppression and other efforts to weaken democracy will no doubt continue, and we will take actions to overcome them, and take positive steps to make a more perfect union. USNF the Vote uses two google groups, one to share action announcements, the other to participate in on-line discussions. If you want to join one of these groups, or learn more about USNF the Vote, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask to be connected to Dave Roitman.

CLIMATE ACTION GROUP 

The Climate Action Group meets twice a month to decide what we will do as a group to reduce climate destroying activity. We often join with other congregations and local groups. Actions take many forms, including educating ourselves and our congregation, organizing and carrying out worship services and action campaigns for the congregation, speaking up, advocating for community and/or legislative changes, bearing witness to and illuminating destructive actions, and highlighting existing and envisioned positive paths forward for our community and/or the world. All are welcome to join this group.

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