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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

EVENTS

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Vigil for Hope and Healing
Tuesday, February 26
5:00 pm

Since the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson early August of 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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Sign-up now! Discussion groups will meet in March and April. Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal by immigrant rights activist Aviva Chomsky explores what it means to be undocumented in a legal, social, economic and historical context.

 

For Akheem
Friday, February 22
7:00 pm

SJA partners with Women Voices Raised for Social Justice to present For Ahkeema coming-of-age story of a 17-year-old North St. Louis girl set against the backdrop of the Ferguson protests. RSVP

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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

MCU_logoIn February, we will share our offerings with Metropolitan Congregations United (MCU). Eliot Chapel is a member of this community organization that brings together religious congregations, community groups, and individuals to work for a common purpose: to create a better life for all residents. MCU acknowledges that the racism in the systems that order our society has created what we now understand as the School to Prison Pipeline. MCU has been working to change the policies and procedures of school districts, police departments, and the juvenile courts in the St. Louis metropolitan area. MCU wants to keep our students in school! The work continues with the following task forces:

  • Education Task Force
  • Police Reform Task Force
  • Juvenile Justice Task Force
 
For more information, visit mcustl.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.