UUs Commitment to Social Justice
Both Unitarian and Universalist histories are inseparable from social and political action over the years. Since the Unitarians and the Universalists consolidated in 1961, the resulting Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations has continued a proud legacy of activism. As a congregations, UUCF, participates in social justice work on various issues including environmental justice, food security and immigrant rights.
Hosting Bread and Roses Soup Kitchen
Our congregation has been hosting the Franklin Bread and Roses Soup Kitchen since it was started in 1987 by one of our former ministers, Rev. Barry Stoddard, and Rev. Leeann Taggett of the Sanbornton Congregation Church.
The Soup Kitchen served over 6,400 meals to the needy in our community in 2016. Thirteen different teams alternate in serving meals. Some of the organizations that serve meals include St. Gabriel Parish, Sanbornton Congregation Church, Praise of Assembly God Church, Rotary, Tilton School, FHS Cooks committee, Winnisquam Regional High School. TRIP Center, Golden Girls (Lynn Matzke & friends) and our congregation.
The money and supplies used to run the program come from a fundraising from local businesses and organizations, donations from WFTN's Cash 'n Cans Drive by Fred Caruso, the Postal Workers and Boy Scouts canned food drives.
Meals are served every Monday and Thursdays. Doors open at 4pm with meals served at 5pm.
Food Pantry Donations
Our congregation makes a monthly food donation to the Twin Rivers Food Pantry. We also collect used cans that the food pantry turns in for the deposit. During the Holiday season, we also collect warm clothing: hats, mittens, gloves and scarves for our neighbors in need.
UUCF Immigration Solidarity Task Force
In January 2017, UUCF became a Level 2 Sanctuary congregation for the New Hampshire Immigrant Solidarity Network. Rooted in our heritage, grounded in the fundamental precepts of our faith and practice, we come together to place ourselves in reverence before the spirit seeking assistance as we bear witness to stand in solidarity with all immigrants, with people of all color, documented and undocumented. The urgency of this moment of our nation’s history calls us, compels us to stand against the unconscionable acts of deportation by Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) and the immoral expressions of racism that are currently tearing families apart and seeking to fragment and divide us as a nation.
Therefore, we place ourselves in solidarity with our immigrant neighbors, and join with other people of faith and practice, of all traditions, in opposing the separation of families and the tearing apart of the fabric of our community. We will do everything in our power, along with people of conscience and good will throughout our state, to provide support, accompaniment, advocacy, and/or sanctuary in solidarity with our immigrant friends and neighbors.