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National and Global Outreach

First Church regularly works on peace and justice initiatives with our covenantal partners in our wider church, both through the Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ (SNEUCC) 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.

Looking for ways to support our community during this unprecedented time of need? The Missions and Social Justice Committee has compiled and vetted a short list of organizations looking for assistance to aid in their work in the COVID-19 response...

In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Shelter has expanded into Sage Hall to allow for greater social distancing, and is now open to guests around the clock, thanks to additional funding from the Commonwealth. They would very much welcome...