The new sign is up! Our congregation is entirely humbled by the outpouring of support from our greater Mendon community. Mendon, and our church in particular, has a strong and passionate abolitionist history. Our Black Lives Matter banner was hung in honor of that tradition, in support and solidarity with the BLM movement for Social Justice, and in alignment of the 7 Guiding Principles of our faith. Having our banner vandalized and ripped in half broke our hearts, but also reaffirmed and strengthened our belief in standing in solidarity with those who are marginalized in our immediate and greater communities.
So many great people came out in support of Black Lives Matter. We had a vigil, and participated in a march that ended at the Church, where we hosted speakers, and rededicated the banner. Every major news station in the greater Boston area covered the events.
It is in this space, and in our spiritual sphere in general, that we hope to support our community and offer the opportunity for productive discussion, sharing, and standing in solidarity for justice and compassion, honoring the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and respecting the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
We have established a Social Justice Fundraising initiative in order to offer a conduit of helping us to replace the banner, but also to broaden and expand our efforts in this area. Funds raised will go directly to supporting a new banner, cameras to ensure better security on site in the event of future vandalization, guest speakers focused on social justice action and conversation in the greater Mendon communities, and other avenues that seek to create positive change.
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