Kirkwood Social Justice Coalition
Initiated by Kirkwood UMC

CREATING A COMMUNITY OF UNITY THROUGH PROMOTION OF SOCIAL JUSTICE

MISSION STATEMENT
Promote racial justice through…
  • Building authentic relationships
  • Education and Awareness – “learning from each other”
 
The Kirkwood Social Justice Coalition was formed as a group intentionally inclusive of ALL PEOPLE interested in promoting social justice. All are welcome to attend monthly meetings and be a part of the coalition.
 
 
MEETINGS
Meetings are held on the second Sunday of each month at 12:00 noon at Kirkwood UMC. Kirkwood UMC (201 W. Adams Ave, 63122) serves as the host for monthly meetings.
All who are willing to adhere to the KSJC’s Team Values are invited and welcome to attend meetings.
 
2019 meetings are scheduled for…
– Sun, March 10
– Sun, April 14
– Sun, May 12

COALITION VALUES

  • Listen first to understand
  • Eliminate injustice, replacing injustice with love and acceptance
  • Be action-oriented
  • Encourage and celebrate diversity
  • Be led through these efforts to serve our neighbor
 

COMMUNITY EFFORTS

The KSJC works to advance racial justice and harmony through…
 
* Offering the YWCA’sWitnessing Whiteness to help white people better understand racism and white privilege. For more information, CLICK HERE.
 
* Supporting and attending the annual Meacham Park Neighborhood Improvement Association-sponsored Kirkwood Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at Kirkwood High School
 
* Coordinating & Hosting Prayer Services, including the 10th Anniversary Kirkwood City Hall Shooting Memorial Service at Kirkwood UMC
 
* Supporting and attending the annual Meacham Park Neighborhood Improvement Association-sponsored “Pride in the Park” celebration
 
* Establishing relationships with other community groups, individuals and resources
 
WAYS TO GET INVOLVED RIGHT NOW
 
* Check out Harvard’s Project Implicit and take various Implicit Social Bias Tests
to discover and explore your own implicit biases towards various social biases. 

* Check out Meacham Park Neighborhood Improvement Association’s website and consider ways you can personally and communally get involved in the Kirkwood area.

* Check out the Kirkwood Community for Understanding and Hope (CFUH), which sponsors a Book Club (which meets monthly) as well as special events and activities throughout the year. 

* Check out Kirkwood Area Every Child Promise, which seeks “to ensure all Kirkwood area children and their families are prepared for success as they enter kindergarten.” 


 
FUTURE EVENTS
 
Sun, March 3 – Sun, April 7 (weekly)
11:00am – 12:00pm
Immigration 101
Walking the Journey With Jesus – A Lenten Perspective on Immigration
Kirkwood United Church of Christ
1603 Dougherty Ferry Road, 63122
Kirkwood UCC and the Interfaith Committee on Latin America (IFCLA) are offering a 6-week Lenten study on immigration. Led by Sara John, Executive Director of IFCLA, the course will include academic articles, personal reflections, multi-faith perspectives, podcasts, films, and more. The course includes 1-2 hours of suggested reading/watching/listening and reflection. All are welcome and encouraged to come!
 
If interested, please RSVP to Donna Bay at 314.822.2240 or CLICK HERE TO EMAIL DONNA. Childcare is available; please tell Donna when you RSVP if you will need it.
 
 

Tues, March 26
7:00pm
Unpaid Labor Project:
The First 12 Generations of Unpaid African American Labor
Kirkwood Public Library
140 E. Jefferson, 63122

Join Mathew Foggy, Jr. and Clifton Berry of The Unpaid Labor Project to explore the results of the labor, forced and unpaid, of the first 12 generations of Africans/African Americans in America. While slavery often evokes feelings of guilt, shame, and rage, slavery is rarely examined dispassionately as the foundational economic system that it was – and how it affected and affects our country’s and culture’s economy today. The Unpaid Labor Project’s mission is to promote and acknowledge the contribution of the first 12 generations of African Americans, to abolish the myth of racial inferiority and superiority, and to advocate for racial reconciliation.   For more information about The Unpaid Labor Project, CLICK HERE.

 
Wed, March 27
12:00 – 1:30pm
Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice Lunch & Learn
“A Red Circle: Racism – Up Close & Personal” 
Kirkwood UMC
201 W. Adams Ave, 63122
Bring your lunch and join others for a time of learning! Co-sponsored by Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice and Kirkwood UMC, this Lunch & Learn is themed “Racism: Up Close & Personal.”
Erica R. Williams, executive director of A Red Circle (a collaborative not-for-profit organization based in north St. Louis County which focuses on access to healthy food and educational improvement throughout the North County area) will share both personal stories and ideas for improving public policy with a question-and-answer session to follow.
 
Bring your lunch, drinks will be provided! There is no cost to attend.
Find more information about this event HERE.
 
 

Sat, April 13
6:30 – 8:30pm

Second Saturday Social Justice Movie Night: The Hate U Give

Kirkwood UMC
201 W. Adams Ave, 63122
Based on Angie Thomas’s 2017 book, this film – Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, some violent content, drug material and language – challenges viewers to consider how racism, violence, social media and mass communication and individual and community courage play a role in our modern country and world. The film follows Starr Carter. Starr is constantly switching between two worlds — the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these two worlds shatters when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend by a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for the truth and what she knows is right.

Pizza, popcorn, and drinks served. All are welcome and invited!

 
 
Sun, May 19
TIME TBD
Faith & For the Sake of All – Mobilizing the Faithful: Housing Workshop
Kirkwood UMC
201 W. Adams Ave, 63122
Learn how you can help our region become less segregated and more equitable. Presentation of Mobilizing the Faithful: Housing Workshop invites participants to reflect through a faith lens on information from the Segregation in St. Louis: Dismantling the Divide report.  A panel of leading housing advocacy organizations will offer specific ways to act on the report’s recommendations and challenge and encourage you to consider how to learn more and act on your learning. 

   

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION PLEASE CALL:
Rev. Jeanne Webdell @ 573.754.0943