Advocacy Team

"...and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God."
Micah 6:8

Our Faith calls us to follow the example of Jesus Christ by acting for social change to promote justice for all God's people. See full Calling Statement.

We act according to Biblical imperatives as we understand them, address issues supported by Presbyterian Church USA and support the priorities of the WGPC Mission Commission.

Our current priorities are:

  • Poverty with an emphasis of Food and Housing Security
  • Education Reform
  • Gun Violence Prevention
  • Medicaid Expansion Efforts
  • Addressing Systemic Racism

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For more information on actions we support contact Beth Kazlauskas.

Black Lives Matter Vigil on Lockwood

WGPC has been invited to join Peace UCC in their Friday Night Vigils from 6:00-6:30pm. We will spend a half hour standing in solidarity with our Black siblings recognizing that all lives will not matter until Black Lives Matter. Peace has invited churches up and down Lockwood to participate so we can have a bigger presence in the community. Please join us outside the WGPC red doors from 6:00-6:30pm on Fridays. Bring signs. Wear masks. We will be social distancing.

Show Your Support for Medicaid Expansion

WGPC is an endorsing organization for Healthcare for Missouri, which has placed Medicaid Expansion on the August 4 ballot. Now we need your help to raise awareness and get out the vote. Stand with members of our congregation and other churches organized by Metropolitan Congregations United to hold signs along Lockwood in support of Medicaid Expansion on Thursday, July 9th from 5:00-6:00pm. We will meet at the Hale entrance, hand out signs, and spread out from there. With your help, we can make healthcare available to over 200,000 low income Missourians. Remember your masks!

Advocacy Educational Meeting - all are welcome!

Join the Advocacy Team's educational meeting on July 12th at 9:30am. Mike Whittier, Coalitions Director, Healthcare for MO will discuss the issue of Missouri's Medicaid Expansion, which WGPC has officially endorsed and will be on the August 4th ballot. Prior to the meeting you are encouraged to watch two short videos about Medicaid expansion and those it impacts: Missouri Medicaid Facts & Entitled to Life. Check the Friday Flash or email Julie Burchett for the Zoom link to this meeting.

Volunteers Needed for Promote the Vote Initiative by BAMSL YLD
(Bar Association of Missouri St. Louis Young Lawyer's Division)

A newly formed YLD committee to promote social justice reform has scheduled several Saturday sessions to help Promote the Vote in conjunction with the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis' food and toiletries drive-through distribution events for people who are in need in our community. The committee is starting its work by assisting people in the community with notarizing mail-in ballots. Volunteers are needed to assist with the effort Saturdays in July. Click for details on how you can help.

"How to Be an Antiracist" Virtual Event
Monday, July 20 at 7:00pm

2019 Guggenheim Fellow and New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi will discuss "How to Be an Antiracist" with Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George's Community College. Praised as "The most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind" (New York Times), Kendi's groundbreaking work has provided a major new counterpoint in the national conversation about race in America and resonates in this, our collective moment of reckoning.

This virtual event by Prince George's County Memorial Library System will be streamed live online on Crowdcast, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter/Periscope. Click for more information on how to register for this free event.  

Black Lives Matter

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America's communities of color have been hit hardest in these past weeks and months - by both the coronavirus and by catastrophic job losses. Then came the recent deaths by police officers of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Aubrey and, most recently, George Floyd. The generational systemic racism and inequities in all areas of black American lives are exposed for everyone to see.

Recognizing that as Christians, we are called to be Christ's hands, feet, and voices on earth, the Advocacy Committee recently had a difficult and courageous conversation about race and how we can lend a supportive voice to the African American community. The committee voted to show our support and our commitment to end systemic racism by placing signs in front of the church. One of them is a "Black Lives Matter" sign. Another says "End Systemic Racism" and the last says "We Stand With You."

Black Lives Matter (BLM) is both a slogan and a straightforward statement of fact. The BLM message is central to the nationwide protests happening right now - speaking out against the police brutality and the systemic racism at the root of inequities for African Americans in the areas of health, housing, economics, education, and so many more. Black Lives Matter does not mean that White Lives don't matter - it just means that Black Lives are the ones that are hurting and need attention right now. These links can be a start to our understanding:

Why you should stop saying "all lives matter," explained in 9 different ways

PBS Special: Race Matters: America in Crisis

We, as a church, cannot remain silent. Silence has become complicity. We ask for your grace as we move together through the process of educating ourselves and taking action to support our Black neighbors.

Click for more information about the Black Lives Matter organization's beliefs and a great (and free!) self paced workshop on race from the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

If you are interested in purchasing any Black Lives Matter yard signs for $10 each, please complete and submit this form. Then submit payment to WGPC via check or online.

Once your order is received, you will receive a confirmation email and your sign(s) will be delivered and placed in your yard. You do not need to be home - we are doing contactless delivery.

Questions? Contact Julie Burchett

Listening Deeply

As part of our Faith in Real Life Adult Education Series, Dr. Sarah Riss, former superintendent of the Webster Groves School District and leader of Alliance for Interracial Dignity led an interactive session to teach us about one of the key components of conversation - how to listen and listen deeply. Click to open the Listening Deeply PowerPoint.

Courageous Conversations about Gun Violence

The Rev. Deanna Hollas, PCUSA's first minister of gun violence prevention, came to St. Louis and Webster Groves Presbyterian Church the weekend of February 7, 8 and 9 to teach, preach, meet with public officials and hold a workshop - "How to Have Courageous Conversations about Gun Violence."

Click to see KMOV news coverage of the event.

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