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Metropolitan Congregations United puts faith into action by developing leaders who move their congregations, organizations and communities to change public policy for the common good.

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EJ Intern Spotlight: Torrey Taylor

February 15, 2024
Torrey grew up in a small rural town in Southern Illinois in a catholic family while attending private catholic school. As long as Torrey can remember, she was always connected to nature. As a youth in a small rural town, much of the ways she connected with friends and her community was through outdoor activities. […]
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Special Spotlight Edition: MCU's New Executive Director

January 31, 2024
MCU is in a new season of change with its recent transition of leadership from David Gerth’s 12-year tenure as our longest serving director. In the fall of October 2023, DeMarco K. Davidson stepped up from his role as MCU’s Voter Program Lead to become MCU's new Executive Director. DeMarco’s dedication to MCU’s mission and […]
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Annual Meeting & Issue Summit Recap 2024

January 26, 2024
Relaunching a New Year of Justice Work In a Season of Change On Saturday, January 20th, local St. Louis faith leaders and community members gathered at Webster Groves Presbyterian Church for the first MCU event of its kind. This event merged MCU’s historically independent Annual Membership and Annual Issue Summit meetings together.  Attendees had the […]
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MLK Weekend Call to Action!

January 10, 2024
CALL TO ACTION for STL Congregations during MLK Weekend: Jan 12-15 Watch DeMarco's special request by clicking the video below or read his message below! Dear all St. Louis Congregations, We believe congregations can strengthen communities and families. As a united organization composed of member congregations throughout the St. Louis metropolitan region, our mission is […]
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Leader Spotlight: Sonja Little-Cochren

October 27, 2023
Ms. Sonja Little-Cochren Member of New Sunnymount Missionary Baptist Church “Leadership is working with a team of people, not just yourself, and its about the mission, vision, and goals you want to accomplish collectively.” Ms. Sonja Little-Cochren Listen to why she does the work! Ms. Sonja first learned about MCU in 2015 when former Director […]
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MCU Gala 2023 Recap

October 23, 2023
Season of Change, Leadership Transition, & Transformation We listened, we cried, we laughed, we ate, we danced, we built community, and created joy! MCU hosted our 2nd Annual Gala on October 5th to celebrate growth, hope, community power building, and a season of change in our executive leadership. The evening brought community members from across […]
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EJ Intern Spotlight: Kelly Bono

September 27, 2023
Environmental Action is Social Action Guest blog post by Kelly Bono, Spring 2023 Environmental Justice Intern “We can improve outcomes for people by caring for our environment. We just have to dig in.” -Kelly As a social justice advocate that also happens to study ecosystems, I’m very interested in how human social systems, the natural […]
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Is the plan backed by Gov. Mike Parson the best “plan” for the youth of St. Louis, Missouri?

May 10, 2023
Should there be a new youth prison built or should there be a rebuilding of how we handle the school to prison pipeline? The facility proposed in north St. Louis will increase the city's capacity to house youth even as the Hogan Street facility sits more than half empty. Can we reimagine using some of […]
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The goals we have & the work we do

Decriminalization of Black Residents in St. Louis

Through our Break-The-Pipeline campaign, we address the school to prison pipeline in St. Louis, starting with reforming youth discipline and moving into expungement and beyond for adults.
MORE ABOUT BREAK THE PIPELINE

Saving Our Collective Home

Our environmental justice organizers continue to make strides in
building community partnerships and developing teams to lead
essential policy change efforts.
MORE ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
McKinley Bridge march for clean air
Dismas House Rally

End Discrimination Against the Formerly Incarcerated 

EXPO works to end mass incarceration, eliminate all forms of structural discrimination against formerly incarcerated people & restore them to full citizenship.
MORE ABOUT EXPO STL
“Organizing is about relationships.”

Jai Johnson

Voter Engagement Organizer

Your Support Makes The Work Possible

At MCU, we know that in order to build power, we have to organize people AND organize money. The people who have money continue to disrupt, disenfranchise and systemically step on those who don’t.

With increased funding over the past few years, we have already made drastic shifts to our team – including hiring new organizers AND equipping them with essentials like health insurance, data tools and more. With the addition of new organizers, our impact multiplied by giving us more hands on deck to pull more impacted individuals into the work — our numbers are growing, our power is expanding and our wins will continue.
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MCU puts faith into action by developing leaders who move their congregations, organizations and communities to change public policy for the common good.
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