|We are making crafts to hand out at Pride!|
This week, some of our members and staff are attending the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association. You can follow along with some of the GA activities online!
Some of our church members and staff recently gathered at the MidAmerica Regional Assembly, where UUs throughout our Region discussed welcoming, anti-racism, and intercultural sensitivity. Our own Rev. Kathryn A. Bert and her colleagues in Southeast Michigan brought a Resolution on Muslim Solidarity, which was adopted by an overwhelming majority vote.
We participate in many local community justice events. On Wednesday evening, August 10, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., some of us will gather at Faith Lutheran Church in Okemos for an evening of conversation with Imam Sohail Chaudhry of the Islamic Society, who will help us better understand Islam. Faith Lutheran invites anyone who would like to listen, learn, and build bridges of understanding and peace. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Ellen at 517-349-0620.
If you'd like to be part of this year's church presence at the Michigan Pride Parade and Festival on Saturday, August 27, please contact Corie Jason!)
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Members of our congregation weave social justice into many areas of our own church life, from Sunday morning activities such as Second-Sunday Plate Collections and Fair Trade coffee and chocolate sales to covenant group projects to youth and children's projects.
Banner Bearers volunteer to hold our church's Standing on the Side of Love banner at local rallies and other events. (Contact Social Action Chair Judy Olson or the church office to join the contact list.)
Our Social Action Committee facilitates several teams that focus on specific issues in depth. These teams, and other justice-minded congregants and groups, take turns hosting Third-Sunday Evenings, which use documentaries, forums, concerts, and other events to raise awareness about a variety of issues.
Church members are affiliated with several interfaith and secular justice coalitions that hold meetings at our church, such as the Michigan Collaborative to End Mass Incarceration, the Mid-Michigan Immigration Coalition, the Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, and the Greater Lansing Network Against War and Injustice.
The Social Action Committee has paid memberships in various local collaborative groups. In 2014, the Committee joined the Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending - MI and the Greater Lansing UN Association.
Our congregation is connected with UU justice movements on many levels, from local to global, through the Common Reads, Congregational Study/Action Issues, and Statements of Conscience by the Unitarian Universalist Association, the Michigan UU Social Justice Network, the Chalice Lighters program of the MidAmerica Region, Standing on the Side of Love, and the international UU Service Committee. Our faith is also affiliated with the UU United Nations Office.
For the past several years, the UUSC has recognized our congregation with the Creating Justice Banner Society award because more than a quarter of our members are also UUSC members.