Graham Kreicker (center) with Peter Morales on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama
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 Social Justice Team meets on the 4th Sunday of each month at 12:15pm, after services in the basement (AKA the library) at UUCL. All members and friends are welcome. We usually have some snacks, or you can bring a sack lunch. An email is sent out to those interested, to remind us of the upcoming meeting, and emails are also sent to inform of upcoming events and programs. Please join us! For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 816 812 6725.
Faith in Action: The congregation gathers an offering each Sunday. The total for the month is given away to a worthy recipient in the community, so there is a rotating list of recipients. The check is delivered either by mail or preferably, by one of the SJ Team members. There is documentation of the amount and delivery in the weekly Sunday bulletin announcements.
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.
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)