Social Justice Book Group What better way to christen the use of our newly renovated Chapel than providing a welcoming place for folks to openly discuss multi-faith issues. On May 21st, several SUMC members met with our guest from the Islamic Center of Boston (ICB), Shaheen Akhtar. Members of the Social Justice Commission first met…

Dear Friends in Christ, This coming Sunday, May 14, is Mother’s Day. Thirty years ago, when I first became a pastor, Mother’s Day was one of my favorite holidays. Can you guess why? Like all clergy back then, pastors could count on Mother’s Day for worship attendance that was higher than usual. Among ourselves we…

On Sunday, April 23rd we will welcome Craig Altemose from A Better Future. Mr. Altemost will join members of the Social Justice Commission in leading worship while Pastor Joel concludes a week of vacation. Craig Altemose is the founding Executive Director of Better Future Project (BFP), which supports campus climate leaders on 10 campuses in…

Social Justice is pleased to report on recent activities and to invite you to participate in several events, too. Friday, March 17th On Friday March 17th, a group of us attended the 1:00 p.m. worship service at the Islamic Center of Boston.  We appreciated the sermon, and were grateful to have the opportunity to meet…

Responding to the Call In a personal show of support for our Muslim neighbors last week, a small handful of SUMC members answered a call from our Social Justice commission to meet at the Boston area Muslin Center in Wayland. We arrived carrying signs, and this served as a reminder that we’re still committed to…

February 2, 2017 Dear Friends in Christ, The President’s late January moratorium on refugees from several Muslim majority countries reminded me to check The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church. As I anticipated, I found there our General Conference’s expectations for local churches like ours as we relate as Christians to immigrants and…

Several church members joined the march on Saturday, January 21st. Here is one snapshot.

June 23, 2016 Dear Friends in Christ, In June 1987, I attended a United Methodist annual conference for the first time. As a newly trained and appointed local pastor in North Carolina, my district superintendent told me, I was required to be there. For me the United Methodist world I was being initiated into was…

Lord, our Lord, once again our hearts break as the blood of the innocents is shed at the altar of hatred and ignorance. Lord, our Lord, families are shattered and loved ones sit dazed in grief and mourning. Lord, our Lord, a city is in disbelief as the smoke of gunfire and the stench of…

A message from Eric: Become a Climate Activist!  Join organizations that are dedicated to mitigating the effects of global warming by focusing on important legislation before congress and state legislators. Two organizations are good at this, citizensclimatelobby.org and 350MA.org , both have active local groups so you can get plenty of support . I also…

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