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To affirm each Person’s dignity, and to Cherish the Living Earth
We say the words above 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.
At First Parish in Lincoln, outreach and social action efforts are coordinated by the ministers and the Outreach Committee:
The 2019-20 Outreach Committee team: Larry Buell (chair), Melissa Brooks, Doug Crosby, Becca Fasciano, Tally Forbes, Jessica Packineau, Heather Ring (editor of Outreach Newsletter), Ralph Smith, Susan Hands Taylor, and Tom Walker.
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.
Faith in Action at First Parish
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
FPL Green is a coming together of First Parish members deeply concerned about the climate crisis and dedicated to doing something about it. We have organized our mission to address three general areas where we believe the FPL congregation can have an impact–Green Church, Green Lives and Green World. In each of these areas we develop specific initiatives to be carried out by the group. Recent initiatives have included installing solar panels on the Parish House, promoting programs to the congregation for switching to electric vehicles and renewable wind power, with future work looking to place a greater emphasis on climate justice. FPL Green has about 20 members and meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm in the Stearns Room. For more information please contact Tom Walker (email@example.com).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
Community Support Events
Throughout the year, the Outreach Committee sponsors several community action projects with partner organizations such as:
- Carol sing with Concord Prison Outreach
- Providing lunch at the Community Day Center in Waltham
- Family workday at Farrington Nature Linc, a Lincoln-based program for urban youth
Other events will be announced during the year – please watch for them!