At UU Lansing, social justice informs every area of church life, including worship, social activities, educational programs, governance, and children’s projects. Our congregation moves flexibly to respond to needs that arise in our community in a variety of ways.
Everyone is welcome to attend meetings of the Social Justice Committee, which supports and consults with focus groups that study specific issues in depth and facilitate a deep commitment to social movements and thoughtful ways of serving direct needs in our midst. Please see the church directory (available free of charge at the church) for a list of committee and group leaders to contact for more information, or simply join us at a meeting or event. As our children say at the beginning of their Sunday morning classes, we are the church of open minds, loving hearts, and helping hands.
Groups championing social justice initiatives within our congregation include racial justice and multiculturalism projects (Committee to End the New Jim Crow, Black Lives Matter supporters, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force), the Accessibility Committee seeking AIM certification, Fair Trade product sellers, Sharing Sunday leaders who manage free give/take tables of household items and shelf-stable foods on the first Sunday of each month, Second-Sunday Plate Collections for local and global causes, Pride Parade and Festival volunteers, sustainability advocates seeking Green Sanctuary accreditation, and hands-on providers of goods and services (organizers of short-term fundraisers and distributions, Refugee Development Center volunteers, and Stone Soup support group for people living in poverty).
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. The Committee is affiliated with several interfaith and secular justice coalitions which hold meetings and events 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. We also participate in larger UU justice movements such as 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, the international UU Service Committee, and the UU United Nations Office.