National and Global Outreach
First Church regularly works on peace and justice initiatives with our covenantal partners in our wider church, both through the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ (MACUCC) and through the national offices of the United Church of Christ (UCC).
Peace and Justice through the MACUCC
To learn more about statewide Massachusetts UCC justice and peace initiatives, including LGBT concerns, homelessness initiatives, disaster response and environmental ministries, please visit the MACUCC website.
UCC Justice and Peace Action Network
The Justice and Peace Action Network (JPANet) is the arm through which Justice and Witness Ministries of the UCC carries out its mission statement. It is our denomination’s grassroots advocacy network composed of individual members and local UCC congregations across the country. The JPANet both educates and engages its members in shaping public policy in keeping with God's vision of a just and loving society. Our work is grounded in General Synod resolutions, consonant with historic UCC witness and formed by a biblical understanding of prophetic ministry.
JPANet members collectively advocate on a variety of issues for social change that promotes the Common Good. These issue areas are resourced by national staff of the Justice and Witness Ministries and Wider Church Ministries who work with local UCC advocates to shape coordinated strategy on our common witness. The Global Concerns issue area is shared with staff of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the UCC’s partner in global ministry. Sign up here for legislative and other action alerts through our United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries.