Our January Special Collection for Open Doors garnered $1625 . Thanks to everyone who contributed! The Special Collection for February will be for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism. Please click here for more information.
Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation
People’s is a member of ISAAC (Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy and Action in the Community), an interfaith organizing network of congregations and strategic partners working together to build a more just community (https://isaackalamazoo.org/). ISAAC is partnering with several other local organizations in the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) initiative funded by the Kellogg Foundation. TRHT initiatives are being launched in 14 locations in the US. In Kalamazoo, THRT is hosted by the Kalamazoo Community Foundation (https://www.facebook.com/kalfound/).
TRHT “is a comprehensive, national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism. It seeks to unearth and jettison the deeply held, and often unconscious, beliefs created by racism—the main one being the belief in a ‘hierarchy of human value’. The TRHT Framework and process will help communities heal and produce actionable change. The TRHT Framework consists of five areas, and the first two: Narrative Change and Racial Healing and Relationship Building, are foundational pillars for all TRHT work. And, the remaining three areas are Separation, the Law and Economy.” https://www.wkkf.org/what-we-do/racial-equity/truth-racial-healing-transformation
ISAAC is currently launching 3 new task forces to address local social justice issues selected by the community.
You are welcome to attend these meetings and get involved if interested:
- Housing – 1st Mondays of the month,
5:30-7:00pm at St. Luke’s church
- Poverty – 4th Tuesdays of the month,
6:30-8pm at St. Luke’s church
- Racism – 3rd Tuesdays of the month,
6:30-8pm at St. Luke’s church
Center for Transformation
The Center for Transformation, a locally based prisoner reentry program which supports recent parolees as they reestablish themselves in society, has begun plans for adding an evening support group for parolees who have day jobs. This is an exciting expansion of offering for this endeavor, which has had the backing of People’s for many years. Look for exciting success stories in the next News and Views.
Have you noticed the little BOX TOP coupons found on various grocery items you buy? Beginning next Sunday you will find a container in the foyer into which you can deposit these coupons.
They will be redeemed by Lincoln, our partner in education, to augment their supplies and teacher needs. Please start clipping them and bringing them to church. This is an EXCELLENT project for our children to participate in our connection with a local school.
Anyone is welcome to sit in on SJCC meetings. The Social Justice Coordinating Committee meets the second Tuesday of each month at 3:00 p.m. in the clubhouse of Parkview Hills.