Social justice is a core element of Unitarian Universalism. There are a lot of ways that we are called to take action for our values right now. Gender justice is critically important as so many states consider and adopt anti-trans legislation. As a community, we are committed to celebrating gender identity and expression at every age and figuring out how to support and affirm each other.

I am looking forward to the service on November 5 to learn more about how the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee is helping refugees within our own country who have been displaced because of the anti-trans legislation. I am grateful to the local non-profit, Translate Gender, for offering a training on gender right after the service. I hope that many of you will attend and continue the continual learning journey that we are all on. (More information below).

Climate Action Project: Compost!Compost BinIn 2021, our Youth Group installed on our front lawn a compost receptacle—the first in Northampton, even though there are many downtown businesses that offer compostable packaging. Having a compost container on our front lawn means that we are making a difference in diverting waste from landfills and reducing greenhouse gasses. But there’s more work to do to ensure that people use the receptacle properly!

Our Dreamers and Builders class is working on new signage to help people understand what can and cannot go in the container. They will also do outreach to businesses to let everyone know about our compost bin. Will you spread the word to your friends and use the bin? You can put food waste, soiled paper (napkins, pizza boxes, paper cups), and other compostable packaging in the bin. We are excited to promote this important community resource!