Over the past year and a half, a group of our church members has been meeting as a social justice collaborative. The purpose of the group is to share information on the various social justice activities that those attending the meetings might be involved in and helping to stimulate involvement from others active in our church organization. Attendees of the group have been Rae Jane and Russ Araujo, John Burroughs, Bill Gupton, Kay Inskeep, Louise Lawarre, Mike Noyola-Izquierdo, Rebecca Pace, Regina Pugh, Ann and Mike Roberts, Margie Spinney, Heidi Stickney, Les and Steph Tacy, and Robin Wickett.
Among the activities of the group is setting up a new social action bulletin board in the church hallway and communicating frequently via the church website, the Heirloom and the church Orders of Service. Also, the group established an on-going list of events and activities and the number of church members who attended or participated. A mission statement was also written by the group.
Each person or mini-team in the collaborative has a passion for an area of social justice. Members work independently from each other for the most part. Meetings are held every two-to-three months to share ideas and to cross-pollinate activities. The majority of the meetings involve reports of what each member has done since the last meeting, as well as highlighting upcoming events. Our current goal is to increase social justice involvement from the church membership as a whole.
The next social justice collaborative meeting is scheduled for Sunday, August 14th at 9:00 a.m., right before church. Anyone who would like to discuss an issue or an upcoming social justice event is welcome to join with the group.