Social Justice at USNF Takes Many Forms

At USNF, social justice infuses virtually all that we do. We have a number of groups and teams that organize and sponsor activities and events and help to keep members informed about issues and social justice efforts in the greater community.  Ad hoc groups often spring up around specific interests and humanitarian crises.  The Hawkins/Majumder Lecture series is a program begun in 2016 that features speakers on important social justice efforts and issues.

We show up at demonstrations and rallies, we circulate and sign petitions, and we try to include a "social justice minute" in every worship service.  These brief talks by our members highlight issues and provide information about how people can get involved.  We participate in efforts supporting local immmigrants and refugees, we cook for and serve at local shelters, take regular collections for the food pantry, work on the Northampton Living Wage campaign, staff volunteer crews to clean the local bike trail, and make bag lunches for the homeless.

Our energetic Climate Action Group meets twice a month and is active in organizing, demonstrating, and promoting educational efforts.  Several years ago the CAG spearheaded an effort that culminated in a congregational vote requiring fossil fuel divestment in our own funds.  A recent campaign culminated in an "aspirational" declaration by the Northampton City Council to make our city the first "Blue Community" in the United States.  Click here for more information.

The Haiti Support Group was formed in 2010 to support the volunteer medical work in Haiti of USNF members Matt Kane and Ann Markes. In November 2011, we helped Matt and Ann conduct a Sunday service that highlighted their work in Haiti. The congregation contributed almost $2,500 at that time to fund the HSG and Matt and Ann’s work.

We run an annual book sale that supports the salary of a healthcare worker in Haiti who provides pre- and post-natal care for women in several villages.  The USNF Haiti Support Group is open to all members and friends interested in supporting the work of fellow Society members as they deliver health care and community support through several programs. 

Upcoming social justice events at USNF are listed in the Events section of our website.