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. Click here for a book list.
Black Lives Matter Study Group ~Three years ago the Unitarian Universalist Association commissioned a group of ministers and lay people to look at our history as an institution and a religion through the lens of white supremacy. They were interested in learning about our polices and actions both as an Association and within our congregations. The report, entitled Widening the Circle of Concern, was presented at the UU General Assembly this June. Cindy Spring will be facilitating a discussion group on the Report to help us better understand where we are now and how we might continue moving forward as individuals and as a Fellowship. We will meet over Zoom on the 4th Tuesday, beginning Sept. 22nd, at 7:00 PM. If you are interested in participating, please contact Cindy.
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. An annual collection called Share-a-Book is sent to purchase children’s books for the library. A group of women visit here and share crafts and dances every few years.
Since 2005 the Social Justice Committee features one non-profit organization working on social justice issues. Information on the organization is displayed on our bulletin board, in the newsletter, and in the literature rack. All cash and specified checks from one Sunday’s collection basket are given to the organization. Each year we raise close to $20,000. To date we have given away over $130,000.
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. Learn more at gotlunchplymouth.org.