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Unitarians, Boston, and the Struggle for Racial Justice

From the Great Depression to the Civil Rights Movement: Boston, Unitarians, and the Struggle for Racial Justice from the 1930s through the 1960s


SUNDAY, February 28, 2021 at 12:30pm on Zoom, First Church Boston hosted a special learning community,  "From the Great Depression to the Civil Rights Movement: Unitarians, Boston, and the Struggle for Racial Justice." Join scholar-activist 
Dr. Neenah Estrella Luna, and Dr. Daniel McKanan from Harvard Divinity School as they explore how Boston changed dramatically from the time of Mayor Curley to Martin Luther King, Jr. Learn about the choices Boston Unitarian congregations, ministers and lay leaders made to support or avoid the struggle against anti-Semitism, anti-Black prejudice and for Civil Rights. What lessons can be learned for our time today?

A video recording of the event is available HERE

From Reconstruction to the Roaring 20s: Unitarians, Boston, and the Struggle for Racial Justice

SUNDAY, December 6, 2020 at 12:30pm on Zoom, First Church Boston hosted a special learning community, "From Reconstruction to the Roaring 20s: Unitarians, Boston, and the Struggle for Racial Justice." This event was moderated by Dr. Neenah Estrella Luna, and featured Rev. Dr. Qiyamah Rahman (this year's Minns Lecturer), and Dr. Daniel McKanan from Harvard Divinity School. Dr. Rahman's scholarship focuses on Black Unitarianism and Universalism, particularly female leaders within the movements, and Dr. McKanan specializes in Unitarian Universalist Church History.

A video recording of the event is available HERE

The Learning Community at First Church in Boston is an adult education program. By hosting speakers from inside and outside the congregation, the LC offers opportunities for learning, fellowship, and spiritual growth. Unless otherwise specified, LC events will be held after church on Sundays in the Auditorium with a lunch buffet service at 12:15pm (suggested donation $5-7,) and a 12:30pm program start.

Campaign Against Gun Violence

The Campaign Against Gun Violence is a subgroup of the FCB Social Justice Committee. It strives to bring awareness of the issue of Gun Violence to the whole FCB community and to support the work of our umbrella oganization: