SOCIAL JUSTICE ADVOCACY

MINISTRY

SJAM MINISTRY PRIORITIES

INCLUDE

  • Prayerfully discerning and prioritizing together those issues of social justice where the Holy Spirit calls for our advocacy and attention at Federated Church
  • Studying current issues of social justice through book studies, films, workshops, presentations, field trips, and information gathering from other local groups who advocate for social justice.  
  • Praying for organizations, agencies and groups working on behalf of social justice. 
  • Uniting with and collaborating with other churches and social justice organizations who are actively participating in the work of Social Justice (e.g., Greater Cleveland Congregations).
  • Proclaiming Federated’s position on issues of social justice, when appropriate, through worship, church publications, social media, local news outlets, letter writing, phone calls, public witness and the wider United Church of Christ.


If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Rev. Susi Kawolics at 440.247.6490 x310 or skawolics@fedchurch.org.

CURRENT ACTIVITIES

NEXT SJAM

MEETING

Sunday, August 12

11:15 am

Family Life Center Youth Room


Join us at our monthly SJAM meetings to learn more and become part of this dynamic, active ministry team. Think about joining one or two of the subcommittees:

Racial Justice, Healthcare for All,

Environmental Justice, LGBTQ,

Immigration


For more information contact Susi Kawolics at skawolics@fedchurch.org.


All are welcome - Federated folks and others.

SJAM

MOVIE NIGHTS

SJAM is sponsoring a series of movie nights that will focus on human rights, race relations, environmental issues, and more. Everyone, from Federated Church and the larger community, is invited to join together for an evening of learning, stimulating conversation, and exploring the issues of our times.


As we explore issues of social justice, questions keep coming:

What is God calling us to do?

What is God asking of us?

How will we respond?"


Bring a dessert to share for a sweet touch to our evening.


*Third Monday of the month

7 - 9:30 pm

Family Life Center Youth Room


(*We are holding after-worship matinee movies over the summer - please see fedchurch.com/events for more info)

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT HOLA

A LOCAL ADVOCACY GROUP FOR LATINOS

On August 6, 2017, Federated’s Social Justice and Advocacy Ministry (SJAM) learned about current issues for immigrants from Veronica Dahlberg, Executive Director of HOLA.


HOLA is a small, grassroots Latino organization in NE Ohio that focuses on advocacy, community organizing and civic engagement. HOLA works with immigrants to educate them about their rights and responsibilities. With a staff of one and a group of committed volunteers they have undertaken activities such as workshops on how to become a U.S. citizen, voter registration, leadership development and classes for entrepreneurs. The most exciting thing is their plan to have a building of their own in Painesville, which will include a commercial kitchen to help incubate small businesses in the food industry. They have secured initial funding.


For the past decade, HOLA has been involved with undocumented immigrants facing deportation as a result of our broken immigration system. HOLA volunteers meet with government officials to provide education and dialogue. They accompany immigrants to check-ins with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) and court hearings. HOLA supports families separated by deportation.

Currently HOLA has been at the forefront of advocating for undocumented immigrants facing deportation. Under the current administration, immigrants who have been here for decades, checking in regularly with authorities, working, owning businesses, raising families and contributing to their communities are now being deported. It is having a negative impact on families, communities and businesses. Two large, generations old, nurseries in Lake County have closed due to lack of workers. Other businesses are struggling in the face of losing long time, valued, skilled workers.


We as a country have failed to fix our broken immigration system. Although many politicians have given immigration reform and a path to citizenship lip service, our failure to do so is now on full display.

We will be learning more and finding ways to be allies to HOLA. HOLA speakers will present the program for the March Wondrous Wednesday (March 14, 2018).