Living out our faith through service to others is of central importance to CCW. We have a long tradition of supporting organizations through hands-on projects as well as through financial donations to organizations local, national and international.
Local activities currently include serving at the Bristol Lodge soup kitchen in Waltham and building houses with Habitat for Humanity. We work with the local chapters of METCO, OUT and Clean Water Action. Internationally we support the SEED Institute in Uganda (founded by two of our members), the Vellore Christian Medical College in South India (on whose foundation board our pastor sits, with over a hundred years of family connection), and One Great Hour of Sharing, an ecumenical effort to empower, provide water, supply food, and give relief from disasters.
Youth service projects have always been important to this congregation with week-long working trips to Biloxi, Mississippi, Taboro in Appalachia, an Indian reservation in Arizona, and hurricane Sandy clean-up in Far Rockaway, New Jersey.
These photos were taken on Saturday June 11th. when people from our church spent a day building with Habitat for Humanity at their site in Wayland, MA.
We consider climate change to be of extreme importance to the whole world and we strive individually and as a group to become active in local efforts to raise awareness and work towards the common good. These efforts received a great boost when Bill McKibben came to speak at our church and then addressed a community gathering of 500 people in the Weston High School auditorium. He was followed in our pulpit a couple of years later by Wen Stevenson and then by Jim Antal, Minister and President of the Massachusetts Conference of the UCC, who encouraged us to advocate for divestment in fossil fuels.
CCW donates money regularly to various organizations through budgeted giving and special collections. Some of these are listed below, where you can read more about them in links to their websites.
All our members and friends are also encouraged to find their own ways to serve individually as well as with the church and at the last accounting, members were giving time or money to over 90 different organizations. That is a mark of how seriously we take our responsibility to serve!