As a community of values, we are called to put our Unitarian Universalist faith into action to promote "justice, equity, and compassion in human relations" (in accordance with our 2nd principle). To this end, UU Wellesley offers a broad range of opportunities for congregation members and friends, individuals and families, to make a difference in the larger world. Please click HERE for information about any of the initiatives described below.
Bristol Lodge Cooking: We prepare a meal and deliver it to a Waltham Soup kitchen on the third Monday of every month. Meals are cooked in our UU Wellesley kitchen on Sundays after our Worship Service; volunteer cooks and servers of all ages are welcome! Click HERE for a list of this year's cooking dates.
Family Promise: We host homeless families for several weeks a year as part of the Family Promise Metrowest interfaith network. Our next hosting week begins on May 7, 2017. Click HERE for more information.
Undecorate the Tree: We purchase and deliver holiday gifts for recipients who often do not receive any others. In December 2015 and 2016, this initiative provided an opportunity for our community to make a very real, meaningful contribution to the health and happiness of Burmese refugees now living in Lowell, MA. Click HERE to learn more about this longstanding tradition.
Camp Starfish: Each year, our congregation travels to a New Hampshire camp for children with special needs to engage in construction and rehab projects, large and small. Many youth stay for a Friday overnight; UU Wellesley adults and children join for a Saturday service day. In the process of making an important contribution to the beauty and utility of the camp's buildings and grounds, we forge strong bonds with each other. Visit our Starfish page to see some of the projects we have completed. We hope that you can join us at the camp on May 6, 2017.
Taking a Stand for Justice
Our Social Justice Ministry Teams and Interest Groups encourage you to promote justice through witness and advocacy activities . You can find some opportunities to make a difference by standing up for our UU values HERE. Please make note of the following:
April 29 People’s Climate Mobilization: Folks by the thousands are heading to Washington DC for the People’s Climate Mobilization on Saturday, April 29 to protect our climate, our families, and our future. Round-trip bus tickets are now available from 350 MA HERE. If you order now, tickets are $85 — the price rises to $115 after March 24. There will also be a mobilization in Boston on April 29 — more information to come as plans develop.
In Collaboration with Our Partners
The UU Urban Ministry would like you to know about a new volunteer opportunity. On March 27 from 5-7pm, there will be an open house where you will learn how you can get involved as a volunteer for Believe in Success (a new job readiness program for survivors of domestic violence). UU Wellesley recently contributed $500 to this initiative from two plate collections,. Opportunities include mentoring, teaching, career coaching, or serving as a career panel participant, yoga instructor, wellness program leader or childcare provider. The open house will be held at UUUM which is located at 10 Putnam St. in Roxbury.