Masha Kipp, Jake Kipp, and Jennifer Dropkin
The Social Action Justice Team focuses on social justice primarily in our community, but also in the state, nation and world. Our purpose is to integrate services and presentations with action. The Team provides leadership in identifying social justice action initiatives. It makes recommendations on initiatives and action to the leadership of the UUCL including the executive board and other teams, such as the Program Team. It maintains connections with the social justice initiatives in the UU’s Mid America Region. It also maintains active contacts with the local community connections and administers the congregation’s “Community Connections.”
The Women’s March on Washington was on January 21, and our minister, Rev. Jill, traveled there to participate in the event which was a resounding success with millions of women and allies around the world. Many of our UUCL members went to Topeka for the march there.
Faith in Action: the Community Connection report. January, 2017, recipient is the Lawrence Community Shelter. A check for $957.33, will be delivered by SAJT member which will be reported in Announcements.
The Second Annual Building the Beloved Community was hosted by UUCL on Feb. 4, with congregations from Salina, Wichita, Manhattan and included faith leaders of other religious affiliation as well. With 83 participants and much help from UUCL members in tech support, food purchasing and preparation, logistic support, childcare, the event began at 8:30 and progressed until 4pm. Thanks to all who participated and donated your time and effort!
Expansion of Medicaid in Kansas: on Feb. 8, the Statehouse in Topeka saw hundreds of supporters gathered to support expansion of Kansas’ Medicaid program, KanCare. Many U.U. members wearing SOSL t-shirts attended to support the majority of speakers in favor of expansion. The supporters far outnumbered a handful of opponents. On Feb. 23, the Kansas House voted to expand KanCare and the bill is sent to the Senate for final determination.
Local programs and initiatives:
- LINK (Lawrence Intergenerational Nutrition Kitchen)
- Lawrence Journal World “Faith Forum”
- Welcoming Congregations
Unitarian Universalist Congregations:
- Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
- Mid America Region – Unitarian Universalist Association
- Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Manhattan, Kansas
- Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka
- Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church
- All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church – Kansas City
Standing on the Side of Love (video)