At Starr King Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, we cultivate more love in the world and nurture more love for the world.
Black Lives Matter
After a year of study to better understand ourselves and our feelings about being white in a culture of white supremacy, Starr King Fellowship installed a Black Lives Matter banner at the front of the building October 28, 2018. A lending library has been established to help understand the issues.
The purpose of the Climate Action Committee is to help fulfill one of the missions and visions of our Fellowship which states: “We live and model our values, collectively creating social and environmental justice with direct action and financial support.”
Environmental justice is a key component of our Committee’s work. We recognize that marginalized communities who bear the heaviest cost of climate change, such as indigenous communities and communities of color, are often left out of the decisions and actions taken to address climate change.
Our Climate Action Committee, with important input from the members and friends of the Fellowship, has identified five topics which enable individuals and groups to focus on actions that will help sustain our lives and families and that of the wider community as well: prioritize local foods; reduce the use of plastics; encourage local planting/local ecosystem care; reduce the use of fossil fuel; and support legislative actions that are determined to be effective and just.
All members and friends of the Fellowship are encouraged to participate in the activities of our Climate Action Committee which meets on the first and third Fridays of the month at 10 a.m. in the Foyer of the Meetinghouse. Planning takes place on the first Friday and a single topic or issue is discussed on the third Friday.
Initiated by Starr King UU Fellowship in 2012, Got Lunch! Plymouth has spread across the community to feed children during the summer and vacation weeks.
Using Starr King Fellowship storage space and classroom space for packing, the program volunteers pack groceries weekly to supplement the foods available to children in the Plymouth Community when they are not in school. We serve about 100 students each year.
Reproductive Justice Group
Since January 2023, we’ve been holding monthly meetings after the Sunday service. The goal of this group is to create a space for both reflection and action toward reproductive justice in New Hampshire. We are pleased that both men and women have been present at our meetings as we discuss actions now and in the future that we may want to take as developments in New Hampshire and across the country take place concerning the many issues of reproductive health.
In each meeting, there is time to reflect together on the current events regarding access to reproductive healthcare, as well as what issues are most relevant to our local community and how we might create the most impact. This group also sends out a weekly e-mail to anyone who is interested in receiving tangible action items that one can take to help make a difference in the fight for reproductive justice for all.
Since 2005, each month the Fellowship gives one week’s collection plate to a non-profit organization working on social justice needs. The organizations are usually local, working to assist those in need. Information on the organization is displayed on our bulletin board, in the newsletter, and in the literature rack. All cash and specified checks from the chosen Sunday's collection basket are given to the organization.
This past year we have donated to the following organizations:
For the month of May we are donating to: Got Lunch! Plymouth
Compas de Nicaragua
Starr King Fellowship has an on-going relationship with Compas de Nicaragua, an organization focused on empowering women. Groups of area adults and youth visit Nicaragua frequently to work on projects and renew friendships. Some of us support tuition or expenses for a student in school.