Sharing the Love

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. March is Social Justice Month for our K-6th grade Religious Education classes, and everyone is invited to participate in this Sunday's activities to benefit Attwood, a local 4th-6th grade school.

This Sunday, March 26, bring your gently used clothing and books and new packages of socks and underwear to the Atrium. Books will go to the 2nd-3rd RE class table, and clothing will go to the K-1st class table. Although we will gratefully accept items for all ages, we are emphasizing clothing and books for children and youth.

The 2nd-3rd grade class also continues their sale of beautiful lollipop flowers in the Atrium.

The 4th-5th grade class is preparing delicious food to serve after worship. Come to the Social Hall and enjoy wonderful food for a modest donation. All are welcome!

The K-5th grade classes are offering a sale of gently used clothing and books in the RE Hallway after worship. All are welcome to bring additional donations and shop for gently used clothing and kids' books at yard sale prices. Items remaining on Sunday afternoon will be taken to a local organization in need. Funds raised will be used to purchase school supplies for the students at Attwood Elementary.

Starting on April 2, churchgoers will share goods with each other after worship on the first Sunday of each month. All are invited to bring extra items that you might be giving away: clothing, footwear, products you no longer use, dishes, cookware, orphaned lids, a second crock pot, extra produce or dry goods, tickets to the arts, etc., and put the items on the Sharing Table in our Social Hall.

All are invited to pick up a bag and take what you or someone you know can use. We are sharing with each other. Everyone is welcome to donate items, take items, or do both.

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.

Our new church building has allowed us to start hosting many events and community programs.

On weekday mornings, we support the A+ Language School with low-cost space for classes, and with volunteers from our congregation.

On Tuesday evenings, we rent space to CASA, a secular self-help group founded in Detroit that supports recovery from "addictive-compulsive" dishonest behaviors.

Throughout the year, members of our congregation connect with social justice events and projects in the wider community outside of our doors.

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The Social Justice Committee meets on first Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., and anyone is welcome to come and get involved. The 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 hold meetings 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, 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!