Members of our congregation weave social justice into many areas of church life, from Sunday morning activities such as Second-Sunday Plate Collections and Fair Trade sales to covenant group projects to youth and children's projects. We also participate in community justice events as we hear of them, including the annual Michigan Pride Parade and Festival. (Please contact Jen Cronkhite if you'd like to be part of this year's church presence at Pride on Saturday, August 27, 2016!) Follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our church email list to find out about what else is coming up.
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 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.
All are welcome to join us!