Outreach & Social Justice
We expect our church community to make us less complacent by encouraging us to follow Christ's way and serve others in our parish, in our local community, and in the world-at-large. Faced with the distractions of modern life, we strive to focus and stretch ourselves so that we become better, more faithful servants of love, justice and mercy.
In addition to the direct involvement we take in outreach activities, both as individuals and as a church, from time to time we feel called to express our commitment to social justice by speaking out as a body on issues of importance to our society and the world.
Thrifty Threads, Brookline’s only thrift store, is located inside United Parish and is fully operated by volunteers.
Thrifty Threads has been open and serving the community for 17 years. The shop is not only a source of income for this church, but is an important ministry serving Brookline and surrounding communities with good quality clothing at very low prices.
Saturday’s/Sunday’s Bread is a program that serves free hot meals to people in need in Boston every Saturday and Sunday at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, 35 Bowdoin Street, Boston. Its mission is to provide healthy meals in a safe and inviting atmosphere.
United Parish is an active contributor to the Brookline Emergency Food Pantry. The Brookline Food Pantry provides free food to Brookline families and individuals in need. Housed at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 15 St.
At United Parish in Brookline we are grateful to be able to share gifts with organizations doing good work in a variety of communities.
The funds United Parish gives away come from three sources:
Every year United Parish participates in a Day of Service organized by the City Mission Society of Boston to honor the life and legacy of Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King.
Every year on Thanksgiving Day at 1:00pm United Parish in Brookline hosts a full sit-down Thanksgiving meal for up to 175 people. The meal and service are all provided by volunteers in the church and in the community, and some food local organizations. The meal is offered free of charge.
In 2014, members of United Parish began meeting and discussing how this church can work together to raise awareness of environmental issues in our community and in our world.
The United Parish has a 30+ year tradition of joining Project Bread's Walk for Hunger, a fundraising and community planning organization for more than 400 hunger programs across Massachusetts.
Each year, the United Parish Stretching into Justice Ministry Team chooses a theme to expand our shared learning and understanding of a specific important social issue and how it affects our lives as Christians; to focus and unify our congregation and call us into new service projects; and to engage our congregation with new people and service organizations.