News and Events
Statement on White Supremacist Insurrection
January 7, 2021
We, the Standing Committee and Minister of the First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist, unequivocally condemn the terrorist attack on our US Capitol on January 6, 2021. We condemn any and all attempts to delay the certification of or to overturn the results of a democratic election. We witness and condemn the hypocrisy of a militarized and white supremacist policing system, which reacts with extreme violence to people of color peacefully protesting, while white supremacists committing literal domestic terrorism against our government face only a fraction of that force.
As Unitarian Universalists, we affirm and promote the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.
As our UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray has said,
"As Unitarian Universalists, it is important to remember that our commitment to democracy is not just political or moral, it is fundamentally theological. It grows from our affirmation of the inherent worth and dignity of every person and the Universalist understanding that we are all part of one creation, interconnected. These theological values of human dignity and interdependence are why we know everyone needs a voice in the matters that affect their lives."
We are prepared to join in collective, moral, faithful action to defend our democracy. We call on all of our country's leaders and institutions to do the same.
New Moon Ceremony
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 6:30 PM
The New Moon Ceremony is a simple ceremony to witness intentions for the beginning of the moon-cycle. Each month we light a candle, state our intentions for the moon cycle, and close the circle. All welcome. Contact office at first church jp dot org for the Zoom link.
Thursday, January 14 and January 28, 2021
Current choir members and anyone interested in making music for Sunday services are invited to attend these online rehearsals. Email Music Director Andrei Baumann at music at firstchurchjp dot org to learn more.
The Social Justice Action UU Mass Action, along with six congregations (including FCJP), is excited to host a multi-congregation, two part workshop series to provide congregants with an opportunity to learn and take action together with the Boston Ujima Project. The Boston Ujima Project is an ecosystem centered in working-class, Black and Brown neighborhoods and rooted in community ownership, democratic decision making, and reimagining our economy. To learn more about Ujima visit their website and watch this short introduction video.
Sunday, February 7th 5:00-6:30pm: Ujima 101 Workshop - Learn about the context of wealth inequality and the Boston Ujima Project
Sunday, February 21st 5:00-6:30pm: Ujima Investment Workshop - learn about opportunities to volunteer as part of the Boston Ujima Project, and invest in the Boston Ujima Fund as part of a community of UUs.
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Contact Jom Michel at jamesomichel at gmail dot com with any questions or concerns, and learn more about the workshop series here.
February 7 and February 21
Boston Ujima Project Workshop Series
The Social Justice Action Committee (SJAC) dreams of a world where caring and collaboration are the organizing principles, and is continually searching for ways to live into our values. The SJAC meets on the third Sunday of every month from 12:30 - 2:00. All are welcome. To get the Zoom link, or to ask any questions, contact Jom Michel at jamesomichel at gmail dot com