Mission Statement

In the spirit of the words of our covenant - “to minister to each other's needs and to those of humanity” – the Helen Fogg Service Committee empowers the ministry of social justice and outreach at First Parish by serving as a conduit for outreach to the wider community locally, nationally and internationally.

The Helen Fogg Service Committee is composed of interested volunteers in the congregation and elects its own chair. It is supported by funding from the annual church budget and, additionally, oversees Outreach Sunday collections to benefit worthy charities and causes.

The committee meets after church on the third Sunday of each month. A representative of the committee meets with the Parish Committee once per year and attends Church Council and budget setting meetings.

The Helen Fogg Service Committee frequently coordinates efforts to reach our goals by working with and contributing to already existing social justice and outreach efforts.  Four areas of focus help to organize our work: Neighbor to Neighbor, Sustainable Development, Education, and Human Rights.

The Helen Fogg Service Committee reflects the values of the church in pursuing outreach to the larger community. Our goals are to:

  • 1. Contribute to local, national and international causes and crisis including social injustice and natural disasters

  • 2. Promote volunteerism within the congregation

  • 3. Raise awareness about worthy causes

  • 4. Support the work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

In serving as a conduit to and from the parish on issues worthy of our response, we:

  • 1. Focus on on-going projects involving the parish (i.e.: Prison Ministry; partner church in Kadacs, Romania; Norwell Food Pantry; etc) and donations to local charities

  • 2. Coordinate Outreach Sunday collection where loose offering and designated checks are used for outreach to a project or organization the committee, on behalf of the congregation, deems worthy of our attention

  • 3. Communicate to the parish through articles in the Spire, Parish Hall visibility, and presence within the worship service to enable people to see their role in service and help them take action

  • 4. Communicate UUSC issues (Guest at Your Table, UUSC Action Alerts, etc) to the congregation


Beverly Gardner, Scott and Marcia Babcock, Debbie Chase, Pat Crumley, Alex Gordon, Penny Corbett, Bill Montouri, Jack Wallace, Cathie Dimassa, Jeannette Mitchell, Anne Kannan, Pete Twomey and Rev. Lise Adams Sherry

Click on the links below for more about the UUSC and Helen Fogg

View From the Pew - UUSC Sunday 2006

Hear Helen Fogg speak about the UUSC:

What is so Special about the UUSC? (2M mp3 file)

My Trip to Labrador by Helen L. Fogg (306Kb pdf)
Helen's Journal chronicling her trip to Labrador during the summer of 1925, including the inscription page from her Grandmother. (Transcribed by Susan Robinson in 2015)

Helen Fogg Portrait

Portrait of Helen Fogg

Fogg Family Headstone

Fogg Headstone