Learning Opportunities

We at First Church will be offering opportunities to move forward together by continuing the discussions we have already begun on facing our history of complicity in Northern slavery.

We have been increasing our knowledge of slavery, racial oppression, and white privilege through:

1) Educational sessions on Northern slavery, helping to set the context for understanding First Church’s own history of slavery in the 1600-1700’s.


  • Summary of session led by Professor John Stauffer on Slavery in the North  

  • Powerpoint by First Church member Dave Kidder about his search to find the history of individuals who were enslaved while members of First Church. Link J


2) Film series on slavery, the African American experience, and racial justice.

               April, May, and June 

              A list of the films can be found in the Summer Reading and Film List below.                   

 3) Summer reading and film suggestions. 

4) Racial Justice training. 

              Early 2019.

              More details coming soon.


5)  Road to Freedom Class on the history of the Civil Rights Movement

             March and September/October led by Mike Stevens.

6)  Road to Freedom Pilgrimage/Tours of the Civil Rights Movement and the Legacy of Slavery in the American South.

               Weeks of October 29th and November 5th

                  (Trip sign-up closed in April).

Please pray for the victims and their families who were terrorized at the Chabad of Poway Synagogue in California.

Please attend the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) Healthcare Assembly on May 29 from 7 until pm. The location is TBD, and will be announced soon.

To address institutional racism, please call your state representative and Senator, and ask for abolishment of mandatory minimums in sentencing. Ask them to contact the Joint Committee dealing with this legislation. For more background on this...