Social Justice Ministry

Social Justice Ministry brochure
By tradition, we study, discuss, and advocate for public and corporate policies that an unofficial consensus of the church membership deems important. These policies are centered on such issues as peace, justice, equality, and integrity of our institutions.

We research initiatives and consult with experts.  Then we invite the congregation to act through prayers, letters, petitions, rallies, visits, and donations.

The ministry sponsor's the congregation's annual Carolyn and Cyrus King Peace and Justice Awards.

When CUCC people are going to a rally or protest, get an email or text alert so you can join us.  Sign up for "JUST SHOW UP for Social Justice" alerts.

“I feel like I'm doing something.  It is great to be and work with such well grounded people... The Spirit feels present ....” - Gary

According to the Community United Church of Christ Constitution, the Social Justice Ministry is “called to discern and act upon issues relevant to the Social Gospel within God’s created world, be they local, state, national, or international and to be witness for justice and peace.” The church By-laws state that "Members are empowered to identify areas of special need in the community or social issues which need special attention, and to form task force groups from the congregation to work on these needs and issues."

Mike Soboeiro speaks on outreach to the community
In thus following the tradition of the Social Gospel, the Social Justice Ministry fulfills in part Article II of our constitution.
“. . . . to render loving service toward human kind; and to strive for righteousness, justice, and peace.”

The Carolyn and Cy King Peace and Justice Awards for 2015 were presented on April 12 during Sunday worship
This video includes the sermon and the presentations and comments by recipients.

We recommend these organizations for information and suggestions for action.
United Church of Christ's Justice and Peace Action Network (JPANet)

American Friends Service Committee - peace building (international)
Amnesty International - Raleigh - human rights
Bread for the World - hunger policy
Center for Development in Central America - economic development
Clean Water for North Carolina - environment
Covenant with North Carolina's Children - education
Democracy North Carolina - democracy building
Faithful Reform in Health Care - health care
Farm Labor Organizing Committee - NC - worker's rights and hunger policy
Fellowship of Reconciliation - peace building (international)
Friends Committee on National Legislation - peace and justice
Friends of Sabeel - North America - peace building (interfaith, Middle East)
Friends of the Congo - peace building (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Human Rights Coalition of North Carolina - human rights
Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration of Raleigh - justice coalition
NAACP of North Carolina - justice coalition
National Farm Worker Ministry - NC - worker's rights and hunger policy
North Carolina Justice Center - justice system
North Carolina Peace Action - peace building (international)
North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections - democracy building
North Carolinians Against Gun Violence - peace building (US)
Peace Booth at the NC State Fair - peace building (international)
People of Faith Against the Death Penalty - justice system
Planned Parenthood of Raleigh - health care
Quaker House - peace building (military members and families)
September 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows - peace building (international)
Smart Start - education
Southern Poverty Law Center - justice system
Triangle Interfaith Alliance - peace building (interfaith, US)
United Nations Association - Wake County - peace building (international)
Witness for Peace - Southeast - human rights

Resources to borrow from CUCC
Take home the latest Sojourners magazine (literature rack in hall) or books from the CUCC library.