Justice and Outreach Team
This group supports the congregation in social justice advocacy and direct action, with a focus on developing strong relationships with and amplifying the work of kindred partner organizations in the St. Croix Valley. Key areas of concern intersect and include environmental/climate justice, identity justice (antiracism*, LGBTQ+ inclusion), and economic justice (income, home and food security).
*In 2021-2022, this team is particularly focused on supporting the work of our congregation's Antiracism Collective.
During the month of Sept. People’s Church participatied in a faith-based group designated as “Housing Strategy and Advocacy Team (HSAT). The objective of HSAT is to support and aid Washington County in providing adequate housing for the homeless. Washington County is currently housing residents in two hotels. That has been a short-term strategy but will not be satisfactory or available as a longer-term solution. The hope is to build, buy and renovate or repurpose a current building. Numerous issues need to be addressed (political, location, funding, acceptance by the community), and HSAT will support and help find a solution to some of those issues.
People's Antiracism Collective
In spring 2021, this group formed as a task force to lead us in exploring next steps toward embodying antiracism as a congregation. In June, they sent out a survey to members and friends to yield invaluable information about the beliefs and concerns about racism that exist within our congregation. Between June 2021-June 2022, our Antiracism Collective will engage our members and friends as we embark on a year of congregational examination, exploration and education on antiracist attitudes and behaviors that could lead to transforming our church identity.
Thanks to everyone who attended our September People’s Park signpost tour of words, concepts and questions related to our collective understanding of the work of antiracism. The signs were also on display at Pastor Clare’s installation service on October 3. We welcome you to take your own personal sign tour by clicking here.
Following worship on Sunday, October 31, we will look at racism through the eyes of the NACCC. Over a twelve-month period, The Congregationalist magazine is publishing articles presenting different member viewpoints on the role of the church in confronting racism. We will read and discuss the four articles linked here.
(click “read more" to access individual issues) and listed here:
December 2020: “Racism in America” (page 20)
March 2021: “Racism in America – Another View” (page 20)
June 2021: “Overcoming Divisiveness” (page 6)
September 2021: “Racism Reflections” (page 14)
Please also read the related letters to the editor.
We ask you to read closely and remember the statements and passages that reflect or oppose your Christian beliefs. Also, be on the lookout for statements that reflect concepts from our September signposts. Keep in mind this key question as you read – What might an article on racism from you - or from People’s Church - have to say?
Paper copies of The Congregationalist articles will also be available at the Congregational Meeting on October 17, where we will tell you more about our Collective work and our hopes for you to join us.