What is Break the Pipeline?

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

Don’t Navigate the Juvenile Justice System on Your Own: Introducing Family Engagement Partners

Raising children in today’s climate is arguably one of the toughest challenges parents will face. Deciding on the appropriate balance of love, discipline, spoiling, and tough love leaves parents and guardians with questions and doubts about their approach to parenting.… Continue Reading

A Brief History of Metropolitan Congregations United

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

MCU Break the Pipeline 2019 Mass Meetings

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These mass meetings incorporate task force work, training, and new participant orientation. If you’re curious, please come and see what we’re up to and how you can be a part of it! All regular monthly mass meetings will be at… Continue Reading

MCU 2019 Membership Assembly: Thursday, January 31, 5:30-8:30pm

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MCU’s Annual Membership Assembly, our annual business meeting, is every member congregation/organization’s opportunity for the coming year to shape MCU’s work of confronting systemic powers together to create a better St. Louis region. All are welcome, including interested non-member people,… Continue Reading

Four Meetings….Four Successes

Metropolitan Congregations United(MCU) broke new ground on Sunday, October 7 by announcing its intention to incorporate voter engagement in its signature Break the Pipeline campaign as well as begin the process of creating a rural/urban coalition with other organizations from… Continue Reading