SOCIAL JUSTICE ADVOCACY

MINISTRY

Car magnets are available for $6.Contact Kathy Franz at 440.821.7795 or kfranz17114@gmail.com if you would like one.
Yard signs are available, too. 


CURRENT ACTIVITIES

MEETINGS

The Social and Environmental Justice group meets monthly at 11:15 after the 10:00 a.m. worship service.  All are welcome, regardless of any church or secular affiliations. During this time of social distancing our meetings are taking place at 11:30 am on Sundays on Zoom.  Contact any leader listed below to be included in the call.

 

All are welcome - Federated folks and others.

Sunday, September 26

Sunday, October 17

TRANS RIGHTS RALLY

Sunday, October 10 at 1:00 p.m.


at Bainbridge Community Church - 17751 Chillicothe Road.

Contact Kathy Franz for further details at kfranz17114@gmail.com, or just show up!

SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
MOVIE NIGHTS

Movie nights provide an opportunity to explore our priority areas more in depth. Movie night is generally the third Monday of each month at 7:00 pm.   Until we can be together again, participants will view the chosen films on line by following the links provided and then log onto Zoom at 7:00 for discussion. 

 

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?"

 

Monday, September 20, 7 pm

 

Online via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83595558354?pwd=U1VxZU5SZ0NjcEVkbEcxeXpsbVlWdz09

 

Join us as we watch the film White Savior: Racism in the American Church and discuss the film together on Zoom.


Monday, October 18, 7 pm


Online via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83595558354?pwd=U1VxZU5SZ0NjcEVkbEcxeXpsbVlWdz09


Join us via Zoom for a presentation from Melissa Graves, CEO of Journey Center for Safety and Healing (formerly Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center). The Journey Center provides comprehensive domestic violence and child abuse services to more than 15,000 children, women, and men in Cuyahoga County affected by abuse.   


Journey’s goal is to help people experiencing abuse find strength and support as they determine their best path toward health and safety. You will learn how we can be supportive in reaching out to women and children who are affected by abuse. Learn what you can do if you are concerned that someone you care about is in an abusive relationship.  And, what we can do as a community to better support and protect those experiencing abuse.


Melissa joined Journey Center as CEO in January, 2018. She holds an MPA from George Mason University and has over 25 years of experience working with vulnerable children and families.

RECENT ACTIONS BY SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AT FEDERATED

Racial Allyship

There are a few spots left in the Racial Allyship courses being offered this fall. Please contact Bill Shaul if interested at theshauls@msn.com.


More courses will be offered again in the winter. 

STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY

The following Statement of Solidarity has been thoughtfully prepared by the leadership of the Social Justice Advocacy Ministry at the invitation of the Church Council.

 

The Federated Church stands in solidarity with our Black and Brown sisters and brothers who over generations have been and continue to be subject to a high level of violence through overzealous policing, racial profiling, and white vigilantism as well as the failure of justice in our courts.

 

While the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police is the immediate cause of today's unrest, we acknowledge that his murder is but one example of the many ways systemic racism is rooted in our society.

 

We believe we are in the midst of two pandemics. COVID-19 has stolen the breath from thousands of our fellow Americans. The other -- some call it "COVID-1619" -- has been stealing the breath from our Black and Brown sisters and brothers for over 400 years. When one of us cries, "I can't breathe," we are all robbed of that Pentecost moment when the Spirit of the Lord moved like a mighty wind into bodies in that first-century crowd, giving them breath. While we may speak with many tongues, with this breath the Spirit allows us to hear and understand as though there is but one voice (Acts 2:4, 6).

 

We believe we are in a Pentecost moment now. The wind of the Holy Spirit has pulled the curtain back from our confusion and we now can see clearly that racism is America's Original Sin.

 

We seek a way forward in which every person's life is valued and communities are kept safe because those charged with protecting them realize that they themselves are part of a greater family as Children of God. We stand in solidarity with those protesting peacefully for justice and reform of law enforcement. We applaud those in law enforcement who have marched with or taken a knee with protesters in recent days.

 

Finally, we believe that statements like this can be empty words without follow up. "Faith without works is dead" (James 2:14). In the coming weeks, the Social Justice Advocacy Ministry will create an action plan for moving forward within both our church and the community.

ABOUT SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE  

OUR VISION

As Christians, we prayerfully seek to educate ourselves and take action consistent with our faith in order to bring justice to those who are most vulnerable, disenfranchised and marginalized, indeed to all of God’s creation.


If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Kathy Franz at 440.821.7795 or kfranz17114@gmail.com.

OUR PRIORITIES

The Presbyterian theologian, Frederick Buechner offers this advice on how to discern God's voice amidst the noise: "The kind of work God usually calls you to is the kind of work a.) that you need most to do and b.) that the world most needs to have done... The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet." 

 

Below (in alphabetical order) are our areas of advocacy, but they are open to expansion based on the passion of the members of the Social and Environmental Justice group. If these reflect your passion and you wish to become further engaged or have questions, please contact the person listed.

  1. Environmental Justice - Contact: Dawn Dole coopdole@gmail.com
  2. Domestic Violence - Contact: Darlene Nichols darnichols10@gmail.com
  3. Immigration Justice - Contact: Bill Shaul theshauls@msn.com
  4. LGBTQ+ - Contact: Barry Stees steesbassoon@gmail.com  
  5. Racial Justice - Contact:  Barry Stees steesbassoon@gmail.com
  6. Voting Rights/Electoral Process - Contact: Tricia Baumgartner tricia.a.baumgartner@gmail.com
  7. Women’s and Children's Issues - Contact: Darlene Nichols darnichols10@gmail.com
  8. Immigration - Contact: Rannigan Walsh ranni@me.com

  9. Criminal Justice - Contact: Tricia Baumgartner tricia.a.baumgartner@gmail.com

  10. Economic Justice and Education - Contact: Marty Culbertson mculbert@fedchurch.org

OUR PARTNERS

  1. St. Paul’s Community Church - Contact: Darlene Nichols darnichols10@gmail.com and Marty Culbertson mculbert@fedchurch.org
  2. Chagrin Falls Park - Contact: Sunny Doxey rdoxey@roadrunner.com
  3. Mt Zion UCC - Contact: Barry Stees steesbassoon@gmail.com
  4. Chagrin Valley Council of Churches - Contact: Dan Kershner drekersh@gmail.com 

LEADERSHIP

Our leadership consists of the lead person from each of the priorities listed above. The staff liaison is Marty Culbertson mculbert@fedchurch.org.