Metropolitan Congregations United has a membership made up of congregations of all faiths, organizations working on compatible social issues and people not affiliated with either a congregation or organization. Membership requires dues and involvement. MCU ‘s goal is not to… Continue Reading
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Break the Pipeline is Metropolitan Congregations United’s campaign to address the school to prison pipeline. It can start with school discipline, in-school and out of school suspension, and this can lead to a child being labeled a problem, causing him/her to be over-supervised. Black youth are already over-policed in their communities and it often isn’t any better when the police are in school as School Resource Officers. Black and Brown youth far outpace white youth in being referred to juvenile detention centers, are least likely to have a personal lawyer or to be offered restorative alternatives. The inevitable end result is adult prison. The pipeline does its work in a systemic and efficient way. Continue Reading
1. What is your congregation/organization? I am an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a member of Compton Heights Christian Church, a librarian at St. Charles Community College, and the director of Think+Pray+Act, an organization that equips… Continue Reading
Welcome new staff member, Dana Kelly. Dana will be working with Demarco Davidson in developing and leading our Sacred Votes campaign. Look for Dana in your congregation this summer!!
What is your congregation/organization: I was with Mary Mother of the Church when I first started working with MCU. Now I worship at St. Nicholas in St. Louis City How long have you been involved with MCU: My involvement began… Continue Reading
What is your congregation/organization: I am connected with two organizations that support MCU: Webster United Methodist Justice Team and The Alliance for Interracial Dignity in 63119 (AID). How long have you been involved with MCU: My involvement with MCU began… Continue Reading
Faith based community organizing was introduced to St. Louis in 1990 through the efforts of a group of interfaith clergy. They enlisted the service of the Gamaliel Network to help them create three organizations. Those organizations, or clusters, served North County south of 270, North City, and South City. Later two other clusters were formed, one north of 270 and one in South County. There was also a Spanish speaking cluster for a short time. In 1997, the need to act more regional was recognized and Metropolitan Congregations United was formed. By 2012, all of the geographic clusters were dissolved and MCU had become one united organization. Continue Reading
“Working with MCU matters to me because it allows me to address a broad spectrum of issues that all tie into the inequities in Juvenile and Social Justice. It gives me the chance to be an advocate not just for my grandchildren, but for the younger versions of myself who, are often dismissed and marginalized by the systems that are in place.” — Thomas Payton Continue Reading
Meet Ginny Schrappen 1. What is your congregation/organization? St. Francis Xavier College Church 2. How long have you been involved with MCU? 14 years 3. What was the first issue or activity you took part in? The abandoned intersection of… Continue Reading