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UCC Justice and Peace Action Network

Part of the United Church of Christ, JPANet educates and engages its members in shaping public policy in keeping with God's vision of a just and loving society. Learn more and sign up here.

Black Lives Matter in Grand Rapids

Wednesday, May 3, 12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Rosa Parks Circle, Downtown Grand Rapids

Join this on-going demonstration with members of Plymouth Church, All Souls, Fountain Street, and Westminster at the corner of Monroe and Monroe Center (by the Rosa Parks statue). The group gathers the first Wednesday of every month. Placards and signs are provided.

Drought and Famine hit East Africa - How You Can Help

From the UCC Justice and Peace Action Network -  

Famine has officially been declared in South Sudan and, for the first time in recent history, there is a very real possibility of four famines — in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen — breaking out at once. Twenty million people could face starvation within the next six months. International aid officials warn that this is one of the biggest humanitarian disasters since World War II.....[What is a "famine?"] It does not simply mean a lack of food and water, rather a famine must meet at least three criteria before it can be declared, including:

  • Four out of every 10,000 children die each day.
  • One in five families experience extreme food shortages.
  • And one in three people are acutely malnourished to the point that they are too weak to go to school or work.

Every person who will be a impacted by this crisis is a child of God, with a story and a family; with life hopes and dreams. They are our neighbors and our brothers and sisters in Christ. ....

The UCC has responded by sending $85,000 in aid. Our gifts, combined with those of our ecumenical partners, will help supply food, clean water, sanitation equipment, and more. These donations, important as they are, will not be enough to generate the billions needed to address this crisis. In this time of unprecedented need, U.S. leadership is especially required.

Urge Congress today to provide $1 billion in additional emergency funding in fiscal year 2017 to address the catastrophic needs of these four countries. Further, call on Congress to maintain robust foreign assistance funding as it considers the 2018 budget. At less than one percent of the federal budget, foreign assistance is some of the most impactful money our nation spends. These funds are on the chopping block as Congress considers it’s 2018 budget.

Now is the time to speak out. Tell Congress to provide critical funding for famine relief!



People's Climate March - Grand Rapids to Washington D.C.

Saturday, April 29, different start times

The UCC is encouraging its member churches and others to participate in the People's Climate March in Washington D.C. Climate March - Sister Marches. If you can't make it to D.C., join in one of many sister marches being held throughout Michigan. There are three close to Plymouth: Grand Rapids Climate March - 10:30 a.m. at Rosa Parks Circle; Holland People's Climate March - Noon at Centennial Park, 250 Central Avenue; People's Climate Sister March - Kalamazoo - 2:30 p.m. Bronson Park, 200 S Rose Street.


Vietnamese Refugees in Grand Rapids

Newcomer Legacy: A Vietnamese-American Story in West Michigan

 Plymouth member, Alan Headbloom is the producer/director of this newly released documentary that follows the lives of nine Grand Rapids'-area residents who fled persecution, imprisonment, and poverty in Vietnam to resettle here. This conversation, now 40 years in the making, is still relevant today as 65 million people across the globe are displaced from their homes.

Screenings will take place April 25 at the Herrick Library (Holland) from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m., May 4 at GRCC Science Auditorium from 5:30 p.m. -7:00 p.m., and May 11 at the Linc Up Gallery from 5:30 p.m. -7:00 p.m.The 35-min viewing will be followed by comments from Vietnamese-American panelists and questions from the audience.  Due to the harshness of some interviews, the film is not recommended for younger children.

For locations and more information, visit the documentary’s Facebook page: NewcomerLegacy. Teachers wishing to bring this film to their classrooms should contact Alan at

Phone: 616-455-4260
Fax: 616-455-4149
Email: Plymouth (at)
4010 Kalamazoo Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508

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