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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

AUGUST EVENTS

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Vigil for Hope and Healing
Tuesday, August 27
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.

 

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Asylum Seekers' Shoes

Sunday, August 18
11:15 am in the Eliot Sanctuary

Our guest worship leader Rev. Dottie Mathews will speak on asylum. After the service, we'll gather with Rev. Mathews for a Q&A and some planning of Eliot’s participation in asylum sponsorship – becoming a sponsor for an asylee that has passed the credible fear interview and awaits an immigration court hearing. Please join us.

 

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

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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!

 

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!

 

Operation Clean Stream
Saturday, August 24

Join the Environmental Justice Team at various locations throughout the Meramec River Watershed to improve local rivers and open spaces! There are a variety of locations still in need of volunteers. Go to openspacestl.org to register for the location of your choice. 

See more of our recent and ongoing efforts here.

SHARING THE OFFERING

Our collection in August will be shared with two organizations: 
sherwoodSherwood Forest is a youth development agency that provides year-round support for children in the St. Louis area and two counties in Illinois, who live at or below the federal poverty level. The heart of Sherwood Forest's approach is a monthlong residential summer camp experience for children in third grade through ninth grade. We provide evidence-based programs that reinforce and support school-year learning. Sixth- through ninth-graders participate in the award-winning Leadership Training program and all who participate graduate from high school and continue their education. The Support for Success program, which begins for 10th graders, is progressive and teaches kids job-related skills, builds their financial literacy and guides them through their college-post secondary education. This summer over 350 worthy kids will attend Sherwood Forest's 500-acre camp in Lesterville, Missouri.  
cultural_leadershipCultural Leadership has been training the future generation of civil rights leaders to be “troublemakers of the best kind" since 2004. Each year 25 to 30 sophomore and junior high school students are selected through an application process to participate in the year-long life-changing education and leadership program. Each class is an intentional racial and ethnic mix of students and the goal of the program is to help these young people recognize prejudice through the lens of the African American and Jewish experience and provide them with the tools and skills to Stand Up, Speak Out, and Take Action against social injustice. The program includes monthly meetings, two weekend retreats, and a three-week transformation journey to 15 cities on the east coast and throughout the south that are significant to U.S. history and civil rights, social justice, and democracy.

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.