Compassionate Action


The Compassionate Action work group plays an active, effective, and positive role in advocating for and supporting those whose rights may be threatened or violated in the new political era. We respond to instances of injustice or discrimination against vulnerable individuals or groups in our locality, state, and nation – particularly undocumented immigrants, Muslim Americans, Jews, LGBTQ persons, Hispanics, African Americans, women, and other minorities. The work group was formed by church and community members in keeping with First Congregational’s core values and longstanding tradition of compassionate social justice.


Our goals are to:

  • Provide information about issues, including the rights of minority groups, by conducting Adult Forum presentations, distributing articles, and suggesting books for discussion
  • Post notices of local, state, and national actions that threaten minority populations
  • Encourage discussion about these actions within the church and community
  • Seek partnerships with like-minded organizations
  • Plan and organize actions in support of the marginalized in response to threats against or violations of our church’s core values
  • Attract those in the community who are concerned about these issues and are looking for a spiritual home

According to co-chair Bal Goleman: “For me, two Biblical injunctions express our commitments. From Micah, ‘What doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?’ And from Matthew, ‘Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.’ The Compassionate Action work group seeks to put these words into action.”


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In December, 2016, the group demonstrated leadership by hanging a banner

in front of the church that expresses our core values.


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