To affirm each Person’s Dignity,
and to Cherish the Living Earth

We say these words every Sunday and pursue them with service, education, and advocacy, as well as financial support for those serving the needy, striving to bring peace and understanding, and struggling for social, economic, and environmental justice.

Outreach & Social Action

At First Parish in Lincoln, outreach and social action efforts are coordinated by the ministers and the Outreach Committee:

The 2023-24 Outreach Committee team: Ralph Smith (chair), Larry Buell, Doug Crosby, Deanna Elineema,
Amanda Hill, Laura Protzman, Heather Ring, and Paula Waterman.

The Outreach Committee exists:

  • to research, donate to and partner with outside organizations that serve the needy and promote social and environmental justice
  • to administer the annual Jean Wood Preston Endowment grants
  • to sponsor congregation-wide activities and events to promote peace and justice
  • to oversee the formation and sustainability of Faith in Action groups within the church

First Parish in Lincoln has a long history of charitable giving to support organizations that carry on the work of our Call to Ministry. Each year the Outreach Committee selects organizations representing a wide range of social concerns from local to international. In addition, our Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter offerings are dedicated to aid victims of natural disasters, violence, poverty or injustice.

Featured Outreach News

  • April 9, 2024

  • September 30, 2023

  • April 25, 2022

Outreach Newsletter


Faith in Action at First Parish

Jean Wood Preston Grants

The First Parish in Lincoln has the honor of choosing the recipients of annual grants from this fund established by a longtime member of our community. In recent years the grants have been as much as $25,000, and may be used for one-time capital projects or Transformative Innovation initiatives.

The Outreach Committee welcomes nominations of charitable organizations that you believe might be good candidates for Jean Wood Preston grants. Recent grant recipients include the Roxbury-based Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center, the MetroWest Free Medical Program, and the Community Day Center of Waltham.

Applications will be sent out by the end of October, so please email us with your suggestions at


Faith in Action Groups

FPL’s Faith in Action groups (FIATS) provide opportunities to serve and promote justice. To volunteer, or for more information, contact Outreach Committee Chair Larry Buell at


Community Support Events

Throughout the year, the Outreach Committee sponsors several community action projects with partner organizations such as:

Other events will be announced during the year – please watch for them!