Accomplishments of First Congregational United Church of Christ, Ypsilanti

Year(s) Description
1862Established a Congregational Church to serve & welcome the residents living in the economically disadvantaged areas of Ypsilanti.
1940Became a warming center & served hot meals to WPA workers building roads in Ypsilanti
1963Took formal action to welcome African-Americans into full membership of the church
1968Pre-school for disadvantaged children, prior to national Head Start
1970Welcomed & embraced people relocated to AFC homes from Ypsilanti Regional Hospital
1972 - 1977 Hosted Viet Nam refugee families, providing housing , clothing, food, friendship and support
1981Locally opposed the use of corporal punishment; 1982, forwarded Resolution to Michigan Conference meeting, which passed, and forwarded on to the State Legislature winning passage in 1986
1983Sent resolution in support of public education to Michigan Conference, which then went on to General Synod; passed by General Synod resulting in the creation of a national Public Education Task Force
1983Sent resolution regarding our commitment to children & their full involvement in local church life
1985Designated our building as a vigil center if US entered military conflict in Nicaraqua
1986Sent our pastor to Witness for Peace in Nicaragua; hosted delegation of Children of War youth.
1986Formed a Prisoner Support Group for those re-entering the community following incarceration and their families.
1987Passed resolution opposing US funding of Contra Forces in Nicaraqua, supporting Contradora peace process.
1988Unanimously approved our Covenant of Openness, Affirmation and Non-discrimination of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgendered persons. First United Church of Christ, Open & Affirming Congregation in Michigan.
1990Tamar Project: In partnership with the Women's Crisis Center developed a compassionate response to increase in prostitution by opening church to the women with coffee and a safe place to talk with other women.
1990 - 1991 Weekly prayer vigils during the Gulf War; some joined Pledge of Resistance group actions.
1991Officially became a Just Peace Church.
1992 - 1995 Provided safe haven for a woman and her child who came through the shelter network.
1992 - 1997 Provided free meal once a week for anyone who came.
1997 - 2001 Home for the campaign to add "Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender" to the Ypsilanti Non Discrimination Ordinance. Only faith community in Ypsilanti supporting; on ballot 3 times, won each time.
2000 - 2001 Sent 2 people to Witness for Peace in Colombia as US escalated involvement in civil war there.
2004Provided food, childcare, nurture & support for 2 West African undocumented immigrant families
2005Resolution of Support for Equal Marriage Rights for All which was sent to Michigan Legislature.
2008Founded the Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (WICIR), which continues as a very active ministry.
2011Recognized by the UCC for our immigration work, awarded the Great Lakes Region Imagine What's Possible Award, presented at General Synod.
2013Washtenaw Regional Organizing Coalition started with First Congregational UCC support.
2013Founded Michigan Open & Affirming Coalition of United Church of Christ churches.