“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
Get the latest information about how you and your faith community can fight for economic justice from the United Church of Christ (UCC) Minister for Economic Justice. We hold monthly advocacy meetings on the 4th Friday of every month over Zoom. Join the Movement
Issues of Economic Justice
Staff members of the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries educate and advocate around a number of economic issues. You can learn more by watching our past webinars, or reading about specific issues.
- Justice on the job for all workers, especially low-wage workers
- Care for families and those who do unpaid care labor
- Immigration, Labor Trafficking (modern-day slavery)
- Globalization, Trade, and Investment Treaties
- Student Debt
- Medical Debt
- Predatory lending and oppressive debt (Payday Loans)
Why Economic Justice?
Since its inception in 1957, the United Church of Christ has been committed to economic justice. Many individuals and congregations have worked, with the grace of God, to make our nation and the world a place where all people may live in fullness of life. Still, too many people today are hurting. Poverty stunts lives. Rising economic inequality thwarts opportunity and creates insecurity. In the global North, unwise social choices and overconsumption break down community, destroy the planet and threaten future generations. God’s people and God’s creation call out. We hear their cries and want to respond.
In 2014 the UCC Economic Justice Movement was born with the goal of continuing and strengthening the UCC’s work for economic justice. Individuals, congregations, and all settings of the UCC are invited to join this Movement. The focus is action, action that is based on sound information, guided by the Holy Spirit, and offered with, and in support of, those on the margins and at risk.
There are a variety of ways to get involved from joining in advocacy efforts and participating in demonstrations and marches, to becoming an Economic Justice Church. Wherever you or your congregation are on a journey of working for economic justice, you will find a welcoming place within the UCC Economic Justice Movement.
Please contact Sekinah Hamlin, UCC Minister for Economic Justice at Hamlins@ucc.org or join the UCC Economic Justice Champions to get updates about educational events and opportunities to take action.