Shared Concerns

There are many areas of concern that we share in common growing out of our own unique faith traditions. Groups working on these issues in our congregations often collaborate on projects and support each other in this work.

Stewardship of the Earth / Climate Change

All of our congregations share concern about this issue. 8 congregations have committees actively working on this issue: 

Racial Justice

 Again, all of our congregations share a concern that all people be treated with justice, respect, and dignity. Like many people across the U.S. there has been increased concern about this issue recently. There are groups actively working on this issue in:

  • Amherst Baha’i Local Assembly
  • Center Church
  • First Church Amherst
    Anti-racism Ministry Team
  • Grace Episcopal 
  • Hopping Tree Sangha
  • Jewish Community of Amherst
  • Mt Toby Friends Meeting
  • South Church

 Two weekly interfaith vigils for racial justice are held each week:

  • Tuesdays 5pm
    in front of Bank of America in Amherst
  • Saturdays 10am
    in front of Center Church in S. Hadley

 

Immigrant Justice / Sanctuary

Many of our congregations share a concern about the ways immigrants and asylum seekers are being treated. 

Lucio Perez, a Guatemalan facing deportation away from his family, is being given “sanctuary” at First Church in Amherst. Members of many of our congregations have been volunteering to provide support for Lucio and his family.