Social Justice Action (SJAG) Group

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. 

The Social Action Justice Group (SAJG) has congregational support to focus on these three (3) key issues (clicking on each to find out more information) :

  1.      Dismantling Racism

  2.      Gun Violence Prevention

  3. ​     Climate Justice

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.

You Can Take Action Now

awaiting trialClick here for action you can take NOW regarding being an advocate for those who are too poor to buy their freedom while awating trial, by contacting the following members of the House Judiciary Committee and ask them to support HB 5436-5443.

 

united wayClick Here for find out more about the United Way 21 Day Advancing Equity Conversations for 2022.

 

The Social Justice Action Group has named its leaders: 1) Dismantling Racism (Sharon Sheldon and Henry Johnson), 2) Climate Justice (Dave Christensen and Roland Kibler), and 3) Gun Violence Prevention (Jim Peggs and Larry Englehardt).

Kick Off Meeting September 2021

As a first action item at the group’s official kickoff in September 2021, members of the three groups signed these colorful post cards that were mailed to State leaders and our Michigan congressional delegates. 

Download and mail a postcard to your legislator now:
Dismantling Racism
Climate Justice
Gun Violence Prevention

Social Justice is everybody’s business as we strive to make God’s love visible in our world.

Social Justice Calendar for 2022

Want to participate in further social justice work? Pick your topic and contact the leadership team at: sjag@firstpresbyterian.org. All are welcome. 

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