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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

DECEMBER EVENTS

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Vigil for Hope and Healing
Tuesday, December 10
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.

 

Social Justice Assembly
Tuesday, December 17
7:00 pm in Adams Hall

The Green New Deal bill has passed the U.S. House but is stalled in the Senate. This proposed legislation aims to address climate change and economic inequality. Hear more about it from presenter Ken Denson from Eliot Chapel.

 

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 on the grounds around the Chapel. They will be working through the winter as the weather allows. Email to sign up

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UU the Vote
One of the fundamental principles of UUs is the use of the democratic process. As an expression of our faith, Eliot Chapel Social Justice in Action engages in voter registration, election reform, protecting voting rights and democracy, and Get Out the Vote drives. Check out UU THE VOTE, watch for updates here, and email  socialjustice@eliotchapel.org to get involved!

 

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

 

Room at the InnIn December we will be sharing our Sunday collections with Room at the Inn.

Sponsored by the Sisters of Divine Providence, Room at the Inn provides emergency shelter and a stabilizing support system to women and families in need in St. Louis County, using a collaborative, interfaith effort of congregations and organizations throughout the St. Louis region. The program, which involves more than 60 churches in the St. Louis area, provides shelter for up to 20 persons per week. Most of the guests are single women and women with children.

During the day, the shelter in Bridgeton, Missouri, helps adults find work and housing and provides daycare for young children, transportation to school for older children, and personal counseling. Each evening, the guests are divided between two of the churches, which provide an evening meal and sleeping quarters.

Eliot has been participating in this program since 1992. Every Thursday, except the fourth Thursday of the month, Eliot drivers pick up our guests at the shelter and bring them to Eliot where our cooks serve a delicious home-cooked meal. Two Eliot hosts spend the night and provide a light breakfast Friday morning. Our drivers then return the guests to the shelters. Eliot launderers pick up the sheets and towels and wash them.

Please give generously to support RATI.

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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.