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MISSION, VISION, & HISTORY

OUR MISSION & VISION

Our Mission:  We work across race and place to dismantle racism and white supremacy culture and to advance racial, social, and economic justice.

Our Vision:  We envision a Greater Boston where all people live with freedom and dignity, and have equitable access to resources and opportunity to shape the present and the future.

The UU Urban Ministry is a non-sectarian, non-profit social justice organization that has its offices at the historic First Church in Roxbury - a Boston landmark. 
Read the "We Speak Now" statement that was published by our board of directors and UUUM leadership in 2020.

HISTORY OF THE UU URBAN MINISTRY

The UU Urban Ministry dates back to 1826, when Reverend Joseph Tuckerman established a ministry-at-large with the dual focus of empowering Boston’s most underprivileged citizens and transforming the spiritual consciousness of its most privileged residents. He sought to achieve both through education, direct service and advocacy rather than through charity alone.

Tuckerman believed that a dedicated ministry could provide the education and skills that would enable people to overcome poverty, and also allow the privileged to have a deepened understanding of poverty through personal involvement. Rev. Tuckerman is recognized as a pioneer in social work as well as a precursor to the social gospel movement. The UU Urban Ministry continues to embrace his philosophy of direct engagement and uniting communities.
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Over its nearly 200-year history, the Urban Ministry has created many channels to conduct its work in addressing social issues, including settlement houses and chapels, affordable housing, community centers and service programs. Today, approximately 50 Unitarian Universalist congregations provide both financial and volunteer support, viewing this ministry as one of their social action arms in Boston.

Joseph Tuckerman. Courtesy of Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School.

THE URBAN MINISTRY TODAY

The UU Urban Ministry is a non-sectarian, non-profit, social justice organization based in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston.

 

Today our work focuses in three areas:

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