Justice Work is Spiritual Work

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I do not pretend to understand the moral universe, the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways. I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. But from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice.
The Reverend Theodore Parker – Unitarian Minister

Our congregations are places where we gather together to nurture our spirits; however in alignment with our Seven Principles, we are called and challenged to share our faith in good works – works for peace, justice, and healing, in our communities, and the wider world.

The Social Justice committee’s mission is to integrate social justice programming into the life of the congregation. We use the four step task force approach to social justice. For more information about our social justice work please email socialjustice@allsoulscommunity.org 

Social Action to focus on addressing causes of injustice, rather than symptoms, through organized group action.

Social Witness to stand together in support of a common position.

Social Education for discussion, study, and reflection to inform people of social issues.

Social Giving to provide charitable assistance to those in need.

Our newly formed committee is looking for individuals who are passionate and committed to promoting our work – a commitment can be as simple as standing with us in witness, or you can go for gold and choose to lead a project or initiative.

Our current projects include:

 

fpVolunteering for Grand Rapids Family Promise in partnership with our friends at Plymouth Congregational Church providing meals, conversation and a safe place to stay for displaced families in our community.

kids-food-basket-go-orange-logo-630x630Volunteering at the Kid’s Food Basket, and donating healthy sacks and snacks for many children in the local community.

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rparksblmUNITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS SUPPORTING BLACK LIVES MATTER  Our Monthly Public Witness Event Black Lives Matter at Rosa Parks Circle off Monroe. Black Lives Matter Vigil – Public Witness at Rosa Parks Circle off Monroe. 12:15 pm to 12:45 pm first Wednesday of every month. All are welcome to join us. Our goal is to support the Movement for Black Lives by keeping this issue in the public discourse. And we hope to continue to build partnerships in the community with others who are seeking racial justice and equality.  

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Click the image below to access Our Statement of Support

 

“We are the LOVE People” click the image below to view the short video.

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Participating in activities organized by the Standing on the Side of Love campaign:  the Standing on the Side of Love Campaign was inspired by events that followed the 2008 shooting at the Tennessee Valley UU church. The church was targeted because they are welcoming to LGBT people and have a liberal stance on many issues. The response to the shooting and outpouring of love inspired the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) to launch a campaign that would harness LOVE’s power to challenging exclusion, oppression and violence based on sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, race, religion, or any other identity.

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Yearly Event

emma’s revolution  – a special benefit concert for  Family Promise hosted by All Souls Community Church & Plymouth UUC Church held at Plymouth Church, 4010 Kalamazoo Avenue Southeast, Grand Rapids. 

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