Awakening to Whiteness
“White privilege is the power you have to not notice. White supremacy is the power you have to be angry when I notice.”—DeReau Farrar, Music Director, First Unitarian Portland, Oregon.
Twenty members met on four Sunday afternoons in February 2018 to look at privilege, the history of “race” and what it means to be white. Through videos, articles, small group discussions and stories they worked together to better understand themselves and their feelings about being white in a culture of white supremacy. This is not easy work, but as Unitarian Universalists who believe in justice and equality for all, it is work we need to be doing. At the May 2018 Annual Meeting, the Fellowship voted to hang a Black Lilves Matter Banner on the front of the building. Click here for information about this new task force.
Monthly Contributions to Local Organizations
Each month the Social Justice Committee features one organization working on social justice issues. Information on the organization is displayed on our bulletin board, in the newsletter, and in the literature rack. All cash and specified checks from one Sunday’s collection basket are given to the organization. In fiscal year 2017 we raised over $8000 and in 2018 over $20,000 for outreach!
Got Lunch! Plymouth
Initiated by Starr King UU Fellowship in 2012, Got Lunch! Plymouth has spread across the community to feed children during the summer and vacation weeks when the school’s food service does not provide free or reduced price breakfast and lunch. Using Starr King Fellowship storage space and classroom space for packing, the program volunteers pack groceries weekly in the summer to supplement the foods available to children in the Plymouth Community when they are not in school. Over 40% of Plymouth’s children qualify for lunch support, and that means several hundred children are lacking a reliable source of meals during the long summer vacation. We served about 100 students last summer and we hope to add families in the coming year. We welcome contributions from community members. We use the resources of the NH Food Bank as well as local farmers. Donations of peanut butter, jelly, mayonnaise, canned tuna and chicken provide the backbone of our nutritious lunch supplies. Save time to join this upbeat group of volunteers next summer! Look for us at gotlunchplymouth.org.
The Community Closet can always use our help. There is a basket in the foyer coat room for your non-breakable food contributions, and you may drop off canned or boxed goods anytime. Many members help with delivery of Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for needy families in Plymouth.
The Social Justice Committee promoted the development of a Restorative Justice program for juveniles in the greater Plymouth region. A restorative justice program seeks to heal the injury of crime and to rebuild the broken relationships in the community. It brings together offenders, victims and community members to discuss the crime and the injury caused, and to help the offender find ways to make suitable reparation for the crime. Several Starr King Fellowship’s members continue to participate on panels and our building provides meeting space for the program.
Starr King Fellowship has had an on-going relationship with Compas de Nicaragua, an organization focused on empowering women. Groups of area adults and youth visit Nicaragua frequently to work on projects and renew friendships. Some of us support tuition or expenses for a student in school. An annual collection called Share-a-Book is sent to purchase children’s books for the library. A group of women visit here and share crafts and dances every few years.