Social Justice Ministry

 

UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries

United Church of Christ’s Justice and Witness Ministries (http://www.ucc.org/jwm/) is a very active website.  The UCC sends an e-mail once or more every week regarding issues that are timely and that UCC has a particular stance.  There is a reference whereby one may respond by e-mail and a suggested letter to senators, representatives, and others in government.

Ruth Kaser has taken the job of managing the Equal Exchange Coffee program.   By the way, if you haven’t tried any of the Equal Exchange products, you are missing out on something special.  The coffee and chocolate are wonderful.


Equal Fair Exchange  http://www.equalexchange.coop/

We have available...
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Chocolate
  • Cocoa
I do not expect that everyone will be responding to every issue every week, and there will be issues on which you may not agree with the stance the UCC has taken.  Hopefully the emails will help you to gain understanding of the issues that we find important.  Please do not hesitate to ask me about anything you see, and if you have e-mail, you may reach me at whpressler@hotmail.com.

God Bless All,


Wayne Pressler




Social Justice Issues and Links

Human Rights

Gay/Lesbian issues:  www.ucccoalition.org 

American Friends Service Committee(Quakers):   www.afsc.org or www.afsc.net


Environment and Sustainable Living

Passive Housing:  Click HERE for an architectural PowerPoint rendering of the steps needed to construct a net zero, passive house.

And, HERE for more on the effects of building passively.

Power through Solar and Wind: Click HERE for practical information on the subject.  

Environmental Defense Fund:  www.edf.org 

Environmental Working Group:  www.ewg.org 

Recycling:  www.timetorecycle.org   Wayne and Stark counties

Sustainable household products you can make yourself:  weed killers and insecticides


Informed Voting

Learn judicial candidates' credentials and positions:  http://blogs.uakron.edu/judicialvotescount/


Health Care

AIDS:  www.aids.org 

Affordability:  http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/about-the-law/read-the-law/index.html

General health tips:  www.mayoclinic.com 

Social Security: Home page  

How Not To Die:   Atlantic Magazine article; Dr. Angelo Volandes


Gun Control

Multiple causes including many of the above issues:   www.change.org

             


Understanding the Denomination's Issues

Follow this link to a wide view of the denomination's concerns.  http://www.ucc.org/justice/issues.html