Justice, Missions and Outreach @ Faith UCC



At Faith UCC, we we are called to be agents of 'enacted love,' manifesting the passion of God through justice, education, and action. We strive towards God’s dream of peace and abundance for all people and creation, seeking to be both transformed and transformational. This mission informs all areas of our life together, including how we witness, organize, serve our neighbors, and give for the common good. We are an 'Open and Affirming' and a 'Peace with Justice' Church that is geared toward being relevant in an age of church irrelevancy when it comes to advocating for our neighbors and our world.  We believe strongly that the church is indeed relevant to everything going on in the world today.  Our on-going Mission/Outreach and Justice endeavors include:

LGBT Equality Work/PRIDE

We participate in the St. Pete’s PRIDE Parade each year!  Advocating for justice and equality for our LGBT sisters and brothers is a high priority for us at Faith.  We take ‘radical welcome’ very seriously! We also host PFLAG Dunedin once a month in our space.  

FAST (Faith and Action for Strength Together)

FAST is a Faith-Based Community Organizing entity comprised of over 40 churches, synagogues and mosques for the purpose of advocating for justice in Pinellas County.  FAST is involved in advocacy to ensure fairness and justice in the areas of – Affordable Housing, Job Creation and Retention (especially for rehabilitated ex-offenders), Healthcare and Dental Care for the Poor, Education, Drugs, Crime and neighborhood Safety and more.  

Tabling Advocacy

On the third Sunday of each month, we act on our faith through letter writing, signing petitions or making phone calls to elected officials to encourage them to enact legislation that protects the poorest and most vulnerable and those that are feeling the brunt of discrimination.  In the past, we have sent letters to the President, local and national congressional representatives, businesses and more around issues of workplace discrimination, environmental justice, gun control legislation, immigration, hunger, poverty, violence against women, fair pay and so much more!  We put our faith into action and living it to the fullest.  

Environmental Justice

As a community that believes we are interconnected to the natural world around us in intricate ways, Faith UCC advocates on behalf of the environment through our Green Team.  We believe we are called by our faith to speak out against policies and practices that harm God’s amazing creation.  This is a new and growing justice ministry for us, so please watch for more details and most of al, join us in this endeavor!  Together we can work to assure God’s world is not harmed irrevocably for future generations.  

KIVA

Faith UCC has an active KIVA group that makes regular loans throughout the world and brings news to the community.  We are very intentional about engaging the world in terms of justice and love.  KIVA offers us that opportunity for meaningful outreach.  

 

Outreach and Missions

RCS (Religious Community Services)RCS is a local Outreach program in Pinellas County that offers a variety of wonderful services for those in need. RCS offers a thrift store, a Food Bank, Transitional Housing (Grace House) and refuge for women suffering abuse  (The Haven).  Our missions include: collecting food and clothing (the children have their own outreach ministry where they collect children’s clothing); supporting RCS with financial donations and organizing an annual Christmas  celebration complete with Santa and over 40+ full stockings for the children that call Grace House home. 

HEP (Homeless Emergency Project)HEP is a transitional and full time residence in Clearwater serving the poorest in our community by offering housing and meals and other needed resources.  Faith UCC gathers to serve meals to the wonderful people that call HEP home.  

Dunedin Cares - Dunedin Cares is a food shelf serving the residents of Dunedin and is located next door at Faith Lutheran Church.  We continually collect food and have special collections throughout the year.  Look for those 'BOGOs' and drop some food off anytime!  

Grace House Christmas Program - Grace House is an RCS transitional housing complex for families located in Clearwater.  For many years now, Faith UCC has been sewing handmade stockings and stuffing full of goodies for kids that call Grace House home at Christmas.  It is not unusual to make and stuff over 40 stockings per year.  The kids are then treated to a visit from 'Santa' and carols and lunch on a date near Christmas.  

 

Other Outreach and Missions we Regularly Support:

Bread for the World – Offering of letters - October each year. 

Crop Hunger Walk - Walking/Pledging to End Hunger.  February or March of each year.  

United Church of Christ ‘Five for Five’ Offerings - (Our Church's Wider Mission, One Great Hour of Sharing, Neighbors in Need, Strengthen the Church, Christmas Fund) 

So Much More!!  Come and Check us Out and Bring Your Passions!