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Our work is driven by Unitarian Universalist principles including

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person; 
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations; 
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations; 
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning; 
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large; 
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all; 
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. 

At Eliot, we create a community of deep relationships by working toward a more just society, dismantling racism, and improving the environment. Eliot's specific mission and goals can be found here

 

Our Mission:

The Social Justice Program will inspire and equip individuals and the congregation to work effectively for justice both locally and beyond. We will continue to be challenged by the teachings of Martin Luther King's vision of the beloved community:

"In the beloved community, poverty, hunger and homelessness will not be tolerated because international standards of human decency will not allow it. Racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood."

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Birth of a New Nation"
1957

OCTOBER EVENTS

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Vigil for Hope and Healing
Tuesday, October 22
6:00 pm

Since the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson early in August 2014, members of Eliot Unitarian Chapel and people from the greater community have stood in a weekly vigil. Join us in front of Eliot Chapel as we side with love, for hope and healing.

 

Hands On Kirkwood
Saturday, October 5

Eliot Chapel is forming a group for this annual one-day mission blitz of the Kirkwood community. Work together to serve our neighbors needing help! Sign up with HOK first then join the Eliot team. We are also collecting donations of needed items. See the collection box in Adams Hall for details.

 

Eliot Chapel All Reads
Join us for stimulating conversation around two insightful and well-researched books. Discussion groups are forming now and will begin meeting at the end of the month. Scroll down for all the details. Email allread@eliotchapel.org with your name and contact information to join in!

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Social Justice Assembly
Tuesday, October 15
7:00 pm in Adams Hall

The October SJA Assembly will be a panel discussion about Gun Control. We’ll have several speakers, with different viewpoints (not the NRA). Perhaps you will learn some different options that you had not considered. Join us for a lively discussion.

 

Lunch with New Americans
Thursday, October 17
11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Join the Immigration Justice Team to help provide and share lunch with new Americans at the International Institute of St. Louis. Can you make a dish to serve 10 or more, and carpool from Eliot to serve it? Contact immigrationjustice@eliotchapel.org.

 

Eliot Gardeners
Most Wednesdays
10:00 am

If you'd like to put a little sweat equity into Eliot Chapel, work alongside friends, and meet new people, please join the Eliot Gardeners as they work on the grounds around the Chapel. Email to sign up

See more of our recent and ongoing efforts here.

SHARING THE OFFERING

MICAIn October, we will be sharing our plate with the Migrant and Immigrant Community Action Project (MICA Project). MICA Project is a community organization committed to working with low-income immigrants to overcome barriers to justice. The MICA Project utilizes legal services, organizing, advocacy, and education to promote the voice and human dignity of immigrant communities. Their vision is that we live in a safe and welcoming community for immigrants, demonstrating a shared understanding of the dignity and worth of all people. See their website at mica-project.org

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Groups are forming for fall 2019's Eliot All Reads! The books chosen for this church year fit perfectly with our social justice team’s focus on governance and voting rights this year. The fall book looks at a historical perspective of governance and politics. The spring book is more forward-looking and action-oriented. Waking Up White will be offered in both sessions. Join us for stimulating conversation around insightful and well-researched books, written by renowned, award-winning authors! 

Sign up for a discussion group! Visit the table in Adams Hall on Sundays or email allread@eliotchapel.org with your name and contact information. Learn more about the Eliot All Reads program and this year's selections. 

We believe we can often work most effectively in partnership.

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chalice_flame We aim to nurture leadership and service in Eliot members and friends. If you are inspired to lead an effort, here is a guide to policies for initiating a Social Justice in Action effort.