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To hear about upcoming and late-breaking social justice opportunities, keep an eye on This Week at Eliot and be sure to sign up to receive emails in your interest area.

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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

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As people of faith, we believe the 2020 election is a referendum on the values that will shape our future. How can we renew our fragile democracy? How do we honor the human dignity of every person? Will we protect the earth for future generations? What policies will prioritize the common good and confront global pandemics that remind us of our interdependence. Many of the defining moral issues of our time are on November’s ballot. We have dedicated this fall to energizing and empowering an informed electorate. You are invited to join any and all of our events.  

EVENTS

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Vigil for Hope and Healing
Tuesdays
5:00 pm outside Eliot

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.

 

UU the Vote
UU the Vote is a national grassroots campaign sponsored by the UUA to support and promote UU values in the upcoming 2020 electoral campaign. What issues are close to your heart? If you recognize the importance of the democratic process and voter engagement, join us as we Roll Toward November!

 

Eliot Gardeners

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. Email to sign up

         

 

   

 

 

 

See more of our recent and ongoing efforts here.

SHARING THE OFFERING

IFCLA_logoIn October, we’re sharing our offering with IFCLA, The St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America. Since 1977, IFCLA has collaborated with congregations, schools, and organizations in the St. Louis metropolitan area, across the US, and internationally to work for a more just and equitable world community. IFCLA envisions a world in which partners reach across economic, political, and social borders to build a sustainable future for the planet and its people. See more about IFCLA on their website.

 

Text ELIOT SHAREDPLATE $3 [or higher] to 73256 to give to the shared plate recipient using your text messaging. Please indicate "IFCLA" in the memo to ensure appropriate allocation. Checking the box next to "Contribute an extra $X.XX to help offset processing fees" helps pay for the fees Eliot pays to offer this text service. Standard text message rates do apply.
 
You can also donate from the Giving page on Eliot's website or send a check to the front office.

Eliot Fall All Reads

election_insiderBOOKElection Insiders
An entertaining, backstage view of the world behind your ballot: who really makes elections tick?
 
Not who you might think. The real election insiders are map-makers, ballot openers, signature sleuths, warehouse workers, poll workers, and many others with jobs voters rarely hear about. They are the essential workers in elections. In Election Insiders, journalist Gloria Shur Bilchik takes you behind the scenes for a lively, in-depth look at the  people who make your vote count. Their stories may alarm  you or make you chuckle. Some will make you wonder,  “How do they do that where I vote?” 
 
The way we vote is changing rapidly. Election Insiders is a fascinating, reader-friendly guide to how things work,  where we may be heading, and what it will take to get  there. 


You may have attended the Zoom presentation on September 15 with Gloria Bilchik, sponsored by the Social Justice in Action Team. You may have listened to an interview with Bilchik on the “St. Louis on The Air” radio show in September. Now you can read and discuss her book with Eliot folks! Sign up here to join a discussion of Election Insiders with facilitator Ellen Duncan, Eliot member. Hope you can join us for one of these 90 minute discussions!

  • Thursday October 29 at 7:00 pm, OR
  • Saturday, October 31 at 10:00 am

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.