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A healthier st. louis

Our 2017-2018 mission theme is "A Healthier St. Louis." We're doing this by focusing on three elements: advocate, care, and serve. These concepts are based on Micah 6:8

He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
    and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
    and to walk humbly with your God?

1. Advocate: We're "doing justice" by becoming advocates. To advocate in this sense is to stand with those who are oppressed, marginalized, or ignored by our society. We do this by learning about systems of oppression, sharing that information with others, and remaking ourselves as allies on behalf of God's kingdom.

2. Care: We're "walking humbly" by caring for ourselves as well as other people. When we take care of our mental, physical, and spiritual health, we have more energy to advocate for and serve others. One way we're doing this is by Walking to Jerusalem from now until Easter Sunday 2018. 

3. Serve: We're serving others through our local missions: the Open Door Food Pantry, which is open every Wednesday from 2-4 p.m.; SHED (Safe Housing for the Elderly and Disabled), which gathers volunteers to do yard work and home repair for University City residents in need; and by continuing to support HPES (Health Protection and Education Systems), an organization that began at UUMC and provides free health and dental screenings. 

Read sermons and blog posts that explore the many ways we're creating A Healthier St. Louis.