At its annual retreat on Saturday, Sept. 8, our Social Action Team reaffirmed our church’s and our team’s important role in being moral and values-based actors in our community’s and country’s social and political life, as well as in our work on behalf of our Earth. We are one of just a few faith communities that comes from a clear and progressive perspective in a state that is dominated by conservative views.
There are five important aspects of our social justice work:
- Direct service
- Fundraising (to support our work and those of partnering community organizations)
- Education (learning about issues, our role in them, how to effect systemic change)
- Advocacy and witness (e.g. through our work with Missouri Faith Voices)
- Community-building and deep connection (to sustain ourselves in the work, but also to create the world and kinds of relationships we want to see)
Our identified areas of focus and interest include economic justice, anti-racism, and diversity. We also hope to partner with the Green Sanctuary Team on areas of environmental justice.
To do this important work, we need as many hands on deck as we can gather. Please consider joining our team and one of our subcommittees. The SAT meets on the first Sunday of each month in the Library/Forum Room on the lower level immediately after the 11 a.m. service.
For more information, email new Social Action Team Chair Caya Tanski.