Social Justice and Community Partnerships

The second annual Concert Across America to End Gun Violence will be held in our Sanctuary on Sunday, September 24. This year’s lineup includes Gospel performers Earl Nelson Singers, Ann Arbor’s Gemini, blues singer/harmonica player Bruce Howard, nationally renowned folk singers Joel Mabus and Barb Barton, and spoken word artist Mr. Peace. MI Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence board member Azizi Jasper will once again emcee the event. Sally Potter of Ten Pound Fiddle fame will be our stage manager. Tickets will be available at the door.

Members of our congregation weave social justice into every area of church life, from Sunday morning activities like Second-Sunday Plate Collections and Fair Trade coffee and chocolate sales to youth and children's projects.

After worship every Sunday, all are invited to enjoy coffee and conversation in our Social Hall and Atrium. The Atrium is filled with tables where you can sign up for programs, volunteer, and engage with a multitude of social justice campaigns as they arise.

All are invited to join our Black Lives Matter demonstrations on the sidewalk each Sunday at about 11:45 a.m.

On Sunday, August 27, all are welcome to stay after worship for a presentation on a non-partisan campaign against gerrymandering in Michigan. If you are interested, come to learn more about this complex issue and ways you can help to get a solution on our state's ballot.

Throughout the year, members of our congregation participate in social justice events and projects at our church and in the wider community outside of our doors.

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Our Social Justice Committee has paid memberships in various local collaborative groups, including the Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending - MI and the Greater Lansing UN Association.

Many interfaith and secular justice coalitions occasionally meet at our church, such as the Michigan Collaborative to End Mass Incarceration, the Mid-Michigan Immigration Coalition, and the Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence.

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, 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!