Social justice lays at the heart of United Christian Parish. UCP's Justice & Peace Ministry Team (JPMT) works as the anchor for our social justice involvements.
What does the flag mean to us? That we are a welcoming congregation. That we are diverse and open---welcoming to people from all cultures, of any race, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age or ability.
JPMT focuses on:
JPMT puts the beliefs of our congregation into action through advocacy, community engagement and education. UCP believes in a peaceful society and justice for all of God's children and recognizes the barriers to peace and justice that exist for too many.
The involvements of JPMT vary in their advocacy, but all backed in the understanding that social justice issues are inter-connected. JPMT works to transform unjust conditions within our social system.
We recently celebrated National Coming Out Day and being a community that welcomes and affirms a diversity of sexual orientations, and recognizes God's love for all people.
We believe in making our community a safer place. We work alongside community members and organizations working towards eliminating gun violence.
We were a proud co-sponsor of the first and second ever Reston Pride events in 2018 and 2019.
To become better restorers, peace activists and redeemers in Christ, education is important. JPMT hosts several conferences throughout the year so that we may learn from each other and make changes in our communities. These interfaith conferences offer all of us the opportunity to hear from a variety of organizations advocating for marginalized groups. Check out scenes from the Fall 2018 Justice & Inclusion Conference:
We believe that it is our role as Christians to love all of our neighbors. The right for all humans to feel safe and welcomed is recognized at United Christian Parish. We stand in solidarity with our immigrant community and offer sanctuary to those who fear injustice, violence, or fear for their safety.
Campaigning to bring about political and social change is important to us. Throughout the year, JPMT participates in marches and in other means of campaigning.
At UCP, we strive to be as inclusive as Jesus. We work diligently to be as welcoming and inclusive as possible. We recognize the importance of being a safe space for people to discuss race and how we can work as a community to be more inclusive.
The Inclusion Advisory Group, will work with the board, ministries, teams, committees, and other advisory groups to advance inclusion and equity across UCP. While UCP is already a diverse, welcoming community, we now want to advance our efforts for inclusion and equity with clearly defined priorities, objectives and assessment. This advisory group will carry forward the work begun by the ad hoc committee on inclusion, which provided the Board with initial recommendation on how to proceed.
The planning for this new advisory group began with a focus on racial and cultural biases, but by inclusion we also want to address the LGBTQ+ community, people with special needs and less financial resources, and our youth—ensuring equity in leadership and full participation in activities.
UCP is taking steps to be an increasingly dynamic multiracial, multicultural and multigenerational beloved community, where all are fully embraced, heard and included. Your voice, your ideas are needed!
If interested, contact Laurie Callahan.
Learn more about Environmental Justice at UCP.