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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

JUNE EVENTS

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Vigil for Hope and Healing
Tuesday, June 18
5:00 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. 

 

Eliot Gardeners
Most Wednesdays, some Saturdays
9:00 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

 

Immigration Justice
Tuesday, June 25
7:00 pm

Join the Immigration Justice team for their monthly meeting. They'll be discussing the possibility of an intercultural encounter trip to Guatemala. Contact them for details. 

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St. Louis Pride Parade
Sunday, June 30
12:00 pm 

Walk in the St. Louis Pride Parade with Eliot folks and other UUs from around the metro area! Everyone is welcome! 

 

Room at the Inn

Eliot Chapel is in its 26th year of involvement with Room at the Inn and its work to provide transportation, to cook and serve a hot meal, to host a bed and breakfast, and to do laundry every week. Would you like to volunteer in this fulfilling mission? Contact us!

 

Kirk Care

Kirk Care is the food pantry serving those living in the Kirkwood R-7 School District. Eliot Chapel supports this cause. In addition to having two Eliot representatives on the Board of Kirkcare, Eliot continuously collects non-perishable food items for the Kirkcare pantry. New volunteers are always welcome! Get in touch!

See more of our recent and ongoing efforts here.

SHARING THE OFFERING

home-sweet-home-furnishing-hopeIn June, we will share the offering with Home Sweet Home, an organization that provides donated furniture and household items to clients transitioning out of homelessness. Home Sweet Home believes that establishing a first home stocked with the necessities for everyday life provides a sense of ownership and a source of stability at this crucial time.
 
Home Sweet Home serves clients who are referred by partner non-profits throughout the St. Louis region, including the Veterans Administration, St. Patrick Center, Women’s Safe House, Criminal Justice Ministry, and St. Louis Crisis Nursery, among others. These people come with desperate needs for different reasons and from a variety of backgrounds. Their services are needed most by children, survivors of domestic abuse, veterans, people who are homeless, and ex-offenders looking for a new start. Working with partners, Home Sweet Home picks up donations of new and gently used furniture and household items and delivers them to clients’ apartments or homes.
 
To learn more about what donations they accept and how to get involved, visit their website at www.homesweethomestl.org.

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.