SOCIAL JUSTICE ADVOCACY

MINISTRY

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 11:15 am on Sundays on Zoom.  Contact any leader listed below to be included in the call.

 

All are welcome - Federated folks and others.

Next meeting: Sunday, June 14

SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
MOVIE NIGHTS

Movie nights provide an opportunity to explore our priority areas more in depth. Held the third Monday of each month at 7:00 pm, the format is an hour of viewing followed by an hour of discussion.  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 8:00 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?"

Next movie night: Monday, June 22

We invite you to watch "Rigged: The Voter Suppression Handbook"  from the comfort of your own home, available on Amazon Prime or www.riggedthefilm.com. Narrated by Jeffrey Wright, Rigged chronicles how our right to vote is being undercut by a decade of dirty tricks - including the partisan use of gerrymandering and voter purges, and the gutting of the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court. The film captures real-time voter purges in North Carolina and voter intimidation in Texas.


Then, please plan to join in the group discussion at 7:00 pm using the Zoom group call. Details to follow via Realm and email message. Or contact Dawn Dole coopdole@gmail.com.  

RECENT ACTIONS BY SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AT FEDERATED

RESPONDING TO COVID-19

Realizing that the immediate impact of Covid 19 would fall disproportionally and quickly on the most vulnerable among us, in April Social and Environmental Justice members pooled our resources.  We were able to send HOLA $6,670 and NEOCH $3,375.   These organizations, with whom Federated has long standing relationships,  directed the money toward housing and food, the most basic needs. By pooling our donations and making the contributions in the name of Federated Church we were able stand up for justice.  In the days and months to come there will be more giving opportunities through Federated’s Mission and Service Commission as well as the UCC.   

 

To learn more HOLA  http://holatoday.org/  and NEOCH Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless https://www.neoch.org/

WHITE PRIVILEGE BOOK STUDY

The United Church of Christ (UCC) has a long history of taking a stand and acting for justice.  In 2016 the UCC developed a six session curriculum around White Privilege. Federated Church was one of the first in the country to offer this to our members.  To date we have offered 3 different rounds and for a total of 7 groups and over 60 participants.  You need not be a member of Federated to join. Participants have found this to be a life changing experience.

 

If you want to be notified next time the course is offered  contact Kathy Franz.   To have a look at the material go to http://privilege.uccpages.org/ 

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. Gun Violence - Contact: Judy Majcen jomajcen@gmail.com
  3. Immigration Justice - Contacts: Judy Kramer jkramer222@gmail.com and 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 Issues - Contacts: Darlene Nichols darnichols10@gmail.com and Judy Majcen jomajcen@gmail.com

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 steesbasson@gmail.com
  4. Chagrin Valley Council of Churches - Contact: Dan Kershner drekersh@gmail.com and Judy Kramer jkramer222@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.