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.
 
Upcoming meetings are scheduled for…
– Tues, May 21 @ 1pm
– Sun, June 9 @ 12noon
– Sun, July 14 @ 12noon

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
 
Sat, June 8
6:30 – 8:30pm

Second Saturday Social Justice Movie Night: The Big Sick

Kirkwood UMC – The Gathering Place
201 W. Adams Ave, 63122
Kumail is a Pakistani comic who meets American grad student Emily at one of his stand-up shows. As their relationship blossoms, he soon becomes worried about what his traditional Muslim parents will think of Emily. When Emily suddenly becomes ill and is left in a coma, Kumail finds himself developing a bond with her family. Based on the true story of film writer’s Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon’s relationship, The Big Sick challenges viewers to consider howe they perceive inter-faith and inter-racial relationships, cultural family dynamics, and the challenges of the health care system and illness.

As always, pizza, popcorn and drinks will be served. All are welcome and invited!
 
 
Thurs, June 13
7:00pm
Visionary Voices: A Candid Conversation with Brittany Packnett
The Ethical Society of America
9001 Clayton Rd, 63117
A STL native who garnered headlines during the Ferguson unrest and went on to catch the attention of President Obama, Brittany Packnett is entering into a candid conversation – and YOU are invited! 
Click HERE for more information about this event.
There is no cost to attend; however, you must register in advance.
Click HERE to register for this event.
 
 
 
Sat, July 13
6:30 – 8:30pm
Second Saturday Social Justice Movie Night: Loving

Kirkwood UMC
201 W. Adams Ave, 63122
Interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving grew up in the small town of Central Point, Virginia – a more racially integrated area than much of the South. The couple fell in love and were married in 1958. However, the state of Virginia – where the couple made their home and started their family – jailed them and banished them because of their interracial love, relationship and marriage. 
 
Based on the heartbreaking and moving true story, Loving  stars Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton and provides viewers with a look at what faith, endurance and steadfast love looks like in the face of legalism, discrimination and hate.
 
As always, pizza, popcorn, and drinks served. All are welcome and invited!
 
 
 
 

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