Social Justice and Giving Back to Our Community

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. The Unitarian Universalist Association has recognized us as a 2017 – 2018 Breakthrough Congregation for our cross-cultural work in the community. This includes our collaborative efforts with A+ English Language School (last spring) and the Refugee Development Center (now) to provide ESL classes at our location, and our hosting of a “safe space” during a recent anti-Muslim protest/counter-protest in our surrounding neighborhood.

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. And every Sunday, all are invited to join our Black Lives Matter demonstrations on the sidewalk at about 11:45 a.m.

This year's Giving Tree in the Social Hall was for a few families with children at Attwood School. Thanks to everyone who brought gifts! December's Second-Sunday Plate Collection was taken for Attwood School itself. You may still contribute to this collection through the end of December.

On Sunday, January 21, at 6:00 p.m., we will partner with the Racial Equity and Transformation Workgroup of the Power of We (Ingham County Human Services Collaborative) to host a film screening of Wounded Places, part of the documentary series Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation. The episode asks: Why do so many children in America from poor, urban neighborhoods exhibit signs of PTSD? How can we help them? How can we improve community conditions? The evening will include a facilitated conversation following the screening. The event is free and open to the public.

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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!