St . Lucas UCC - Social Justice  

Past Events


 


  

Past Events in 2017

     

February: Arch City Defenders (ACD) presented to about 28 people at St.Lucas on Monday, February 6th. ACD is a 501(c)3 non-profit civil rights law firm providing holistic legal advocacy and combating the criminalization of poverty and state violence against poor people and people of color.  ACD uses direct services, impact litigation, and policy and media advocacy as its primary tools to promote justice, protect civil and human rights, and bring about systemic change on behalf of the poor and communities of color directly impacted by the abuses of the legal system.

April: A trip to the Missouri History Museum to see the #1 in Civil Rights, The African American Freedom Struggle in St. Louis exhibit was on Saturday, April 8th. For more info on the exhibit, go to: mohistory.org/civilrights 

May: The Social Justice group hosted a panel to discuss Human Trafficking on Monday, May 15th at 7pm. See biographical sketches of the speakers.

June: Screening of Harvest of Empire on June 24th.

Immigration has become one of our nation’s biggest issues over the past several years. As people of faith, it is important that we take in as much information as possible, and reflect on such issues theologically to discern how God would have us respond. In this interest, the Social Justice Group is offering an opportunity to begin looking at immigration through the lens of history, learning from experts and our neighbors.

Past Events in 2016

                      

November On November 6th, the Social Justice group organized an afternoon at The Repertory Theater of St. Louis to see the world premier of the play Until the Flood.  Celebrated writer, performer and Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith fashioned a striking portrayal of the people in our community, exploring how they feel about recent social unrest that placed St. Louis in a spotlight it didn’t expect or relish.  After the play, the group had dinner at 61 Roadhouse to discuss the play.  

August  On August 7th, the Social Justice group hosted a Prayer Vigil for Racial Harmony in the sanctuary at St. Lucas.

August  On August 1st, approximately 30 members of St. Lucas heard a presentation from Sgt. Robbie Hagen of the Sunset Hills Police Department.  Sgt. Hagen was recently assigned as the Community Outreach and Engagement Officer.  Her remarks touched on the life of a police officer, the kind of person it takes to be a police officer, the challenges of police work in 2016 and what people can do to help the police.

July  On July 9th, the Social Justice group sponsored a visit to the new National Blues Museum in downtown St. Louis.  Nine people representing St. Lucas and friends thoroughly enjoyed their extensive and entertaining tour of this outstanding facility which explores the history and expansion of blues music in America.  Afterwards the group enjoyed a meal together at a nearby outdoor restaurant.

May  Sponsored two classes on the religion of Islam.  The first class, Mufti Asif Umar of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis addressed 30 Facts about Islam.  The subject of the second evening was My Life as an American Muslim, the speakers were Maysa and her daughter Suzie.

May  Organized a one day trip to the National Civil Right Museum in Memphis, TN.  A number of members from the Social Justice group made the trip down to Memphis.   

November 2015 through March
 2016  Hosted 10 classes through the YWCA called Witnessing Whiteness.  The classes assist people that identify as white to understand racism, white privilege and white supremacy.

February  Toured the Daar-ul-Islam Masjid (Mosque), 517 Wiedman Road in Manchester.

January  Toured the International Institute, 3401 Arsenal in South St. Louis.  This government funded organization provides help for refugees and immigrants coming to live in St. Louis.  There are language classes, job training and other forms of assistance made available. 

 

 

Past Events in 2015

 
November through March  Hosted 10 classes through the YWCA called Witnessing Whiteness. The classes assist people that identify as white to understand racism, white privilege and white supremacy.

October  Attended the play Black and Blue at Parkway UCC and participated in the panel discussion that followed.  Black and Blue is an original play about hope and healing, exploring the assumptions that all black men are dangerous and that all cops are bad.

October  Organized and led several adult education classes on the subject of social justice.  One Sunday, we showed various film clips (The Delmar Divide, and a clip from the Daily Show), plus the handout The Invisible Backpack. Two Sundays, we viewed and discussed the movie The Color of Fear.

September  Rev. Leah Gunning Frances of Eden Theological Seminary spoke to church members during the adult education hour about her book Ferguson and Faith.

August  Sponsored a Prayer Vigil for Racial Harmony in the church sanctuary.  Members signed up to participate in 30 minute segments.  Booklets with quotations from Martin Luther King and others were provided for quiet reflection. 

July  Recognized the Charleston Nine during the Sunday service.  Social Justice members stood up as names of the nine who were shot by a gunman in South Carolina were read during prayer time.

February  Worshiped at Christ the King UCC in Florissant.

February  Sponsored the showing of Selma at Ronnie's 20 Cinema.  More than 40 attended the film and returned to St. Lucas for a discussion of civil right then and today.