Social Justice

Mission Statement:
“First Unitarian Society: A welcoming, inclusive community to feed the human spirit, to inspire compassionate action, and to serve as a beacon for justice and love.”

Vision Statement:
“Together we seek to grow as a vibrant presence in our community through sharing our welcoming faith and working to build a just world.”

Black Lives Matter is a movement and a stance in response to this reality: the United States was built on a legacy of slavery, racism, and oppression that continues to take new, ever-changing forms. To say that “black lives matter” doesn’t mean that black lives are more important than other lives, or that all lives don’t matter. The systemic devaluing of Black lives calls us to bear witness, even as we acknowledge that oppression takes many intersecting forms.

The First Unitarian Society is an open welcoming, inclusive religious community where people of all races, ethnicities, and cultures see their cultural identities reflected and affirmed in every aspect of congregational life—worship, fellowship, leadership, governance, religious education,and social justice.

2016 – Winner of Ambassador Award from the Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma. In 2016, the First Unitarian Society was the winner of the prestigious Ambassador Award for its Mental Health Ministry.

2017 – The First Unitarian Society becomes a Mental Health Stigma-Free Zone In January, 2017, The Board of the First Unitarian Society voted to support the Bridgeway-Plainfield Stigma-Free Zone Campaign. and designated the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield as a Mental Health Stigma-Free Zone. The Board approved participation of the Society in the initiative to make Plainfield a Mental Health Stigma-free Zone and appointed congregant and mental health professional Mark Williams, “stigma-free
ambassador” to the newly formed City Steering Committee for the Bridgeway-Plainfield Stigma-Free Zone Campaign. On March 13, 2017, the City of Plainfield passed a resolution making Plainfield a Mental Health Stigma-Free Zone.