Social

Justice

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The mission of the Social Justice Ministry is to deepen and promote the Christian values of peace, justice, community, and reverence for creation by identifying social and environmental issues, stimulating study, dialogue and prayer, and inviting action. Our activities are directed at three main areas of concern: promotion of peace, environmental stewardship, and decreasing the effects of economic injustice.

 

To maximize our impact, we coordinate our activities with other committees and ministries of the church, including Christian Education, Welcome and Outreach, and Missions. We greatly appreciate the heartfelt support from our church community and welcome all who want to work with us on social justice issues.

 

Below is a summary of our recent work:

 

  • Participate in the annual Burlington Pride Parade, marching with members of our congregation  

  • Organized an exhibit of Jon Vincent print art and display in coordination with the Rokeby Museum and the Charlotte Library. These prints were on display in the Vestry for much of the months of May and June of 2019. In addition, Vincent spoke at an evening event about the purpose of the art, including a hands-on workshop demonstrating the techniques for creating the prints. Vincent’s art contains universal messages refl ected in all three organizations’ vision and mission. The museum, library, and church collaborated to support Vincent’s art as a way of communicating meaning though words and images.

  • attend community and statewide advocacy meetings to express our interest and concerns about social justice issues.

  • Provide financial support to:

The Pride Center in Burlington

Gunsense VT 

Interfaith Power and Light

Interfaith Action

Migrant Justice

Vermot Suicide Prevention Center

 

Environmental Stewardship

The Social Justice Committee was instrumental in the project to install solar panels on church property and works to ensure that our church helps protect our watershed. Read more about our Environmental Stewardship initiatives.

 

Other Issues

We invite you to join us on any of our initiatives at any time and at any level of involvement. This could be as simple as contacting a local legislator by phone, email or a letter on topic that speaks/calls to you.

 

  • Solar Panel Dedication (see more information on our Caring for Our Planet page)

  • Discuss the master plan for all the energy-saving projects for the church and vestry

  • Working with 350.org on divesting Vermont’s State Pension away from fossil fuel companies

  • Involved in initiatives with Vermont Interfaith Action and Vermont Power and Light

  • Exploring support of Carbon Tax in VT, speaking at Public Service Board hearing on the VT Comprehensive Energy Plan

  • Lake Champlain clean up efforts: CCC as a demonstration site to reduce storm water runoff and increase infiltration

  • Taking up the UCC challenge to become a Green Justice Congregation

  • Discussion and study of Professional Services Tax in VT to increase revenue for much needed social services