Social Justice Action Group Introduction
Responding to God’s call to action and to care for one another.
Over the past several years, the congregation of FPCAA has studied and responded to a variety of social justice issues. We have gathered in groups to study and learn about the impact of injustice on our neighbors, tried to discern what our call to action is as Christians, responded to specific needs in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti community, and prayed for all those impacted by injustice. Frequently, raising social justice concerns has prompted the belief that we need to do more than simply study and discuss an issue, although meaningful action often has to start there. Beyond that, what actions can we as Christians take to address injustice in a consequential way, at least locally?
Local Mission and Adult Ministry work groups are now collaborating to respond to that very question. A Social Justice Action Group is being formed to support advocacy efforts, participate in community events, and take further action in response to specific social justice issues supported by the congregation.
Initially, the group will focus on three (3) key issues that the congregation has supported:
The group is currently establishing a method of communication with the congregation and determining our interaction with advocacy groups addressing these three key social justice issues. Stay tuned for more information on these important areas as we move forward.
Social Justice Kickoff Meeting next Sunday, September 26 at 12:15 p.m.
Are you interested in what our Social Justice Action Group has been up to lately? Do you have a special interest in any of the priority areas our congregation has identified (Dismantling Racism, Gun Violence Awareness, Climate Justice)? If yes, or if you just want to hear what's going on, we hope you will come to the in-person Social Justice Kick-off Meeting on Sunday, September 26 at 12:15 p.m. under the canopy at the church. Lunch is included! Register here if you would like to attend.
After we enjoy lunch together, we will do some introductory exercises, discuss how and why our group was formed, learn about church and the community’s advocacy efforts, introduce group leaders, review the current needs for each group, decide on important calendar dates, and form leadership and a structural outline for key priority areas. The Social Justice Action Group is encouraged by the interest that has been shown already by so many First Pres members and guests, and we hope you will join us as we move forward. Again, please RSVP HERE so we will know how many people to expect at the luncheon, which is free to you and sponsored by the Adult Education Workgroup.
Social Justice is everybody’s business as we strive to make God’s love visible in our world.
For more information, please contact the Social Justice Workgroup at email@example.com