Environment: 2017-2018 Social Justice Theme
Beginning with 2017-2018, UUCEL named a different social justice theme annually for our church to engage in. Our first theme for 2017-2018 was the environment! The environment is a pressing issue for our age, and this year has seen the devastating effects of climate change in the increase of severe weather disasters.
The theme was chosen with input from a survey of selected congregation members. The survey identified water justice as the top environmental issue of concern to our members. Water justice is an issue of increasing urgency both nationally and internationally, and Michigan has both extreme water justice issues and abundant fresh water, making this a natural issue for our focus.
Worship services and activities connecting to this year’s social justice theme was held throughout the year. You can see upcoming events on social justice issues on the upcoming events page or the newsletter for what is happening soon.
Special Emphasis: Water Justice
Water Justice is urgently important and of critical local significance. Universalist Unitarians are taking up the subject all around the country. Few places are as rich in fresh spring water as we are here at the East Liberty Church. It is our intention that 2017–2018 will be the year that we engage in the issue of Water Justice:
- We will deepen our experiences and knowledge of the freshwater features in the vicinity of Liberty
Township and greater Jackson.
- We will support actions of neighboring congregations addressing water injustices in places like
Detroit, Flint, and Toledo.
- And we will work to advance strategies to protect water.
We will begin with shared reading: “Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever” by Maude Barlow.
For more information on Water Justice work in Unitarian Universalism, we recommend the work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) and Michigan UU Social Justice Network (MUUSJN). In particular, the UUSC report, The Invisible Crisis: Water Unaffordability in the United States is valuable reading.