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First Church in Barre, Universalist

1796

 

Faith In Action


 

Peace Rally with rainbow banner

 

Barre UU Church Faith in Action Activities, Groups and Programs

The purpose of the Faith in Action work is to demonstrate in our church activities and our daily lives four of the seven principles of our religion. They are:

#1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person,
#2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations,
#6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all, and
#7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

The Barre church has worked very hard over the years to put into action these principles. It was one of the first churches in the nation to become a “Welcoming Congregation” meaning we welcome gays, lesbians, bi-sexual, and transgendered individuals. We were also one of the first to become a “Green Sanctuary” meaning that we met standards to become a more environmentally acting church. We have also done our best to meet local needs and make local change in social justice.

Vt. Interfaith Action - This is a statewide organization that brings together churches from different religions to identify the most pressing human needs of a given geographical area and then work to make systematic changes to address those needs. The state organizing committee is focused on single payer health care, the Montpelier local organizing committee (LOC) on making streets safer for walking and bicycling and the Barre LOC on dealing with the homeless situation. Mark Alexander is the lead person representing our church.

Vt. Interfaith Power and Light - This is a statewide organization of churches to address global warming. George Plumb is the lead contact.

The Environment - We are certified as a “green sanctuary” by our national organization. This means that we try to have our buildings and grounds as environmentally sound as possible and we also try to educate our members to live sustainably. We also do an annual Earth Day worship service and need people to help organize that. If you are interested in such issues as global warming contact George Plumb.

Soup and Sandwich Luncheon - This raises money to donate to needy non-profit-organizations in the Barre area. Marilyn Davis takes the lead on this.

Community Breakfast - The Social Action Committee provides a hot breakfast every Friday from 7 AM till about 8:30 AM. In the winter months, guests are welcome to stay until noonish. The breakfast is open to anyone in the community who wants to share fellowship over a meal – whether You’re homeless or not. Members and friends of this congregation contribute by cooking, dropping off baked goods (a real favorite), donating food and cash, and just visiting with the Community Breakfast guests. Many of the Barre area congregations and organizations collaborate to ensure that the area homeless folks have a hot meal, friendly support, a warm place to be 24 hours every day. The Friday Community Breakfast at our church is part of this city-wide collaboration.

We are grateful for the dedication of Mark Alexander, David Sanguinetti and a group of regular helpers who make this happen.

If You’d like to get involved, please contact Mark Alexander at alexanderbooks@charter.net.

Food for Central Vermont Community Action (CVCAC) - For many years we have placed wicker baskets in the back of the church in which church members may place donated food for the local food shelf. We only collect food that won't spoil, such as canned goods and dry food like beans and spaghetti. When the baskets get full church members and friends take them to the food shelf at CVCAC on the Barre-Montpelier Road in Berlin.

We also collect plastic bags to help the folks that visit the shelf, carry the donations home each week.

A few years ago the Faith In Action Committee bought a subscription to a local Community Supported Agricultural at Three Rivers Farm (CSA). Each week a member from our committee collected a portion of our subscription and took it to the CVCAC food shelf as fresh food for those who were eligible. Because we no longer have a subscription to a CSA, we encourage folks who have gardens to take what they can spare to CVCAC on Wednesdays which is the day people pick up their food.

Guest at Your Table - This is a program of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, the social action organization for the Unitarian Universalist Association. It supports activities such as relief for Haiti. It usually happens at Christmas time. Children put change into specially decorated boxes representing a guest at the table for a specific period of time and adults write checks. We usually raise several hundred dollars for this program. We need someone to organize this.

Other Social Justice and Environmental Issues - This group of people sometimes decides to take actions on other issues. As an example a few years ago a few of us went to a rally in Boston to protest the Iraq war. We need someone to bring these issues before us so we can be enlightened and decide whether or not we want to take action.

If you are interested in taking on any of these roles or just want to be connected with the others of like interest in our church contact:
George Plumb at plumb.george@gmail.com.