Posts By Clark Taylor

The Guatemala Parntership: Can We Be Part of It?

By , Published on May 21, 2017
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Sunday, June 4, 12-1pm in the Parlor

Leaders of the Guatemala Partnership, which First Parish members Kay and Clark Taylor started in 1987, will make a presentation at First Parish. This partnership has continued for the past 30 years with the village of Santa Maria Tzeja in northern Guatemala. The young people, who are now the leaders of the village, are asking us to help shape a vision for the next 30 years.  Come on Sunday to listen, to learn about a vibrant international partnership, and to think about how First Parish might become involved.  For more information see this blogpost.


Joy Tinged with Sadness on a Partnership Trip to the Guatemalan Village of Santa Maria Tzeja

By , Published on March 9, 2017
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Kay and Clark with Manuela Hernandez, mother of two outstanding student graduates

Kay and I returned recently from a stimulating and deeply satisfying trip to the Guatemalan village, with which she and I established a partnership with the Congregational Church in town, now in its thirtieth anniversary year.  Our trip was part of a delegation, the 59th that the church has sent each February and August. Continue reading…

Mass Incarceration: The New Jim Crow is Still With Us

By , Published on December 23, 2016
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Please call and/or email and request they co-sponsor “An Act for Justice Reinvestment” Senate 1128 House 2714

Rep. Garlick 617-722-2810

Senator Ross 617-722-1555

Senator Rush 617-722-1348

Handout pages.

justice-reinvestment     reform-MA      poverty

Needham Lyceum
Sunday, January 22, 2017
9:15am in the Parlor
Cassandra Bensahih and John Bowman

Mass incarceration is increasingly recognized as a major problem.  Many people — a disproportionate number of whom are black — are locked up for nonviolent crimes for which other forms of treatment would be more appropriate.  As a result, families are broken up and neighborhoods disrupted.  

Massachusetts has more than 90,000 individuals enmeshed in its criminal justice system.  Sunday’s program will include life stories and a slideshow with data that lays open this painful problem in a powerful way. Cassandra Bensahih is Executive Director of EPOCA (Ex-prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement).  She is an ex-prisoner and founder of EPOCA and is known as a powerful, motivating speaker.  John Bowman is a retired lawyer and a volunteer with Jobs NOT Jails, a coalition of groups that works for a humane solution to the problem of the heavy overuse of jailing people when other options are available.  

Attend this lyceum to learn and leave to act, as you are moved, to make a difference.

Is First Parish a Social Justice-Oriented Church?

By , Published on September 1, 2016
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To What Extent? What Can We/Should We Do to Make It More So?

Let’s start with the “Should We” part of the title. The Parish Committee adopted a Five-Year Plan in the spring of this year. One of its five major goals for the church reads, “Make social and environmental justice central to our identity, activities and programs.” Continue reading…

Resisting the Pipeline … On Site and Behind Bars!

By , Published on June 29, 2016
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Last Thursday, seven of us from First Parish headed for a gathering of people ready to protest the construction of the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline which, if completed, will carry a huge amount of highly explosive natural gas through residential neighborhoods in Dedham and West Roxbury at extremely high pressure.  The FP group included Carolyn Lynes, Eleanor Rosselini, Becky Siebens, Dick Anthony, Ellen Fine, Zack Packard, and me.  We were going to join upwards of a hundred people, mostly from the Boston area, but with a couple of folks who came from out-of-state to join us.  We were in three  equally important categories: 27 people, including me, were prepared to engage in civil disobedience (CD), risking arrest for entering the hard-hat work site.  The second group included those who came in direct support of those of us willing to engage in CD who would transport us to the site and keep track of what jail the CD person was in, with a commitment to bring us home when we were released.  Carolyn Lynes was that person for me.  The third group was those who swelled the crowd to give the critically important emphasis to the broader numbers of people who are against the construction of the pipeline. Continue reading…

First Parish at ACE’s “Jammin’ for Justice”

By , Published on May 25, 2016
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Pictured in the photo, left to right: Marianne McGowan, Mary Margaret Earl (UU Urban Ministry), Kalila Barnett  (ED of ACE), Tracy Zendzian, Becky Siebens, Dick Anthony, Eva Jansiewicz, Clark Taylor

Pictured in the photo, left to right: Marianne McGowan, Mary Margaret Earl (UU Urban Ministry), Kalila Barnett (ED of ACE), Tracy Zendzian, Becky Siebens, Dick Anthony, Eva Jansiewicz, Clark Taylor

Six of us from FP in Needham traveled to Roxbury on Monday, May 23, for “Jammin’ for Justice,” a fundraiser for the Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE). All enjoyed circulating in the diverse gathering of some 150 people. Continue reading…

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