Community Social Justice
Ypsilanti First Congregational United Church of Christ holds an action oriented faith model. We are called to actively live out the teachings of Jesus in our daily lives. With this guiding principle we do church differently!
I. WICIR: WASHTENAW INTERFAITH COALITION FOR IMMIGRANT RIGHTS
Jesus challenges us to minister to our neighbors, especially the marginalized. Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (WICIR) was born 10 years ago in response to brutal raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement targeting an immigrant community. People were beaten, children were traumatized and families were separated. Ypsi First Congregational UCC was called to respond. WICIR has responded to over 760 requests for assistance and support by those whose lives have been affected by immigration raids resulting in detainment and deportation of hundreds of individuals, permanently separating children from their parents. Contact Melanie Harner (email@example.com)
To respond to a family in crisis we:
II. WeROC: WASHTENAW REGIONAL ORGANIZING COALITION
Ypsi First Congregational UCC is a co-founder of the new local “organization of organizations” WeROC (Washtenaw Regional Organizing Coalition). In many ways, WeROC is a larger illustration of the values and mission we try to live out at First Congregational. The diverse faith congregations and labor and community organizations that make up WeROC are, at our core, focused on intentionally reweaving the frayed fabric of community — at a time when forces are at work every day to keep us fragmented, suspicious of each other, feeling isolated and on our own. We are showing by example that people from many backgrounds and perspectives can, even today, come together in powerful ways around our common values and actually change unjust public policies. WeROC is a part of the S.E. Michigan organization MOSES and the national Gamaliel Foundation. See Tad Wysor (firstname.lastname@example.org, 734 883 3225) for more on how First Congregational is connecting with current WeROC issues and actions.
III. ONA: OPEN AND AFFIRMING COMMUNITY OF FAITH
Open and Affirming Covenant of Ypsilanti First Congregational United Church of Christ
Ypsilanti First Congregational United Church of Christ, celebrates everyone, including people of all ages, races, cultures, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, family configurations, economic circumstances, physical, cognitive or emotional abilities, education or spiritual or religious traditions.
All are welcome to participate fully in the life, leadership, ministry, and missions of this church as we seek to grow together in a safe and nurturing community of faith.
We strive to demonstrate in all ways that
“NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE OR WHERE YOU ARE ON LIFE’S JOURNEY,
YOU ARE WELCOME HERE!”
Contact: Rev. Liz Larrivee
IV. THE BEACON CENTER
V. YPSI FIRST CONGREGATIONAL UCC HISTORIC SOCIAL JUSTICE FIRSTS