Southeast Area Associations Office

P.O. Box 21850

Detroit, MI 48221-0850

Phone: 313/864 1411 

Fax: 313/864 1783


Social Justice Mission Area Team
The Social Justice (& Mission) Ministry is channeling our focus
to keep our members informed on social issues Globally,
Nationally, and Locally.
We strive to provide educational and social relevant activities to encourage UCC members to speak
out against injustice wherever it exists in our society.
Come join our planning sessions which meet on the 2nd Monday at 7:00 PM contact:
Meeting Time and Location: Social Justice Mission Area Team our next meeting is on Nov 12, 2012 - 7 pm at - Shrine of the Black Madonna's Building, 700 Seward St. Detroit. There is no meeting in October.
Facilitator: Dr. Paul Von Oeyen -
Sacred Conversations - Detroit - Rev. Terry Gallagher -
Resource Directory - Sinclair Gallagher -
2012 Funded Projects
Sacred Conversations - Justice - second year ministry - in collaboration with Mi Conference Prophetic Integrity to grow social justice concerns within the individual churches - Prophetic Integrity is providing $975 grant to offset part of the identified expenses. Terry is conducting a sacred conversation workshop in Washington DC at Ecumenical Advocacy Days March 23-26.
Called to Care training - continue the awareness & growth of Called to care thru holding a workshop in 2012 - collaborate with Inclusive ministry team
Resource Directory Survey - focus on creating a online, searchable tool that included public advocacy contacts
Heart of Mission Award 2012- 3rd bi-annual awards - $500 first place, $175 second, $75 third – promote in spring, award at fall meeting. .
Justice Webinars -Call-to-Action In collaboration with Prophetic Integrity, will be introducing single issue Justice teleconference/webinars on a regular basis.. Starting quarterly, then moving to monthly as energy grows. While the plan is to use free calling/computer connections, there is plan to record the calls so people may access at their convenience.
Hearts for Mission" Awards 2012

Immanuel UCC – Oxford, Michigan is this year’s winner of the Detroit Metropolitan Association, UCC’s Bi-annual Heart of Mission award with their weekly community meal.

Immanuel UCC’s community meal program began in 2007, as an add-on to their involvement to the ecumenical mission program in their community called Love in the name of Christ – North Oakland County. (Love INC)

Love INC is a group of 22 churches that work together to fill the needs in their community. Immanuel’s Tuesday evening meal is open to the community, without restriction. Janet Caporale shares “Our dinner guests have formed little families and help each other. Some of the people bring in their extras to share. Tuesdays are a jolly time at Immanuel.”

Immanuel UCC will receive a $500 grant to assist them in their mission. The Tabita Project at the First Congregational Church UCC Flat Rock received second place and a $175.00 grant. This ministry began in 2004, after meeting a pastor from Malawi, Africa, with sending ‘Joy Boxes’ of items difficult to get there. In the eight years of the ministry it has continue to expand. Since 2008, the project has been offering micro-loans to help people learn to support themselves.

Third place went to Trinity-St. Mark’s UCC Toy Box Ministry. The Toy Box is a program which provides Christmas presents for children who would otherwise receive nothing over the holiday season in the southeast area of Detroit. This program is in its 13 year and has 5 partnering UCC churches in the association among its many donors. Children who are not eligible or do not qualify for other Christmas gift programs are identified through the local elementary school and their parents are contacted. Today, the Toy Box Project provides for at least 900 children.

The Bi-annual Heart of Mission Award began in 2008 as a way to recognize the mission work going on in our UCC churches in the DMA Association. As the association’s mission team was putting together the initial Southeast Michigan UCC Mission Resource Directory; listing the hands-on activities that individual churches members were putting their time and resources into, it became obvious that we had a lot to share, and establishing the Heart of Mission Award would be a great way to recognize the many efforts.

The first year (2008), there were only 5 missions applying for the $500 Heart of Mission grant. The second award, in 2010, applications had increased to 11. This year, there were 16 missions applying for the heart of mission grant.

In this time span we have seen growth in churches starting food pantries, community meal programs, health ministries along with community involvement in CropWalks, relays, and other fundraising activities. This year, as we gather updated information for our Mission Resource Directory, we are adding a justice component to help our churches be aware of current local justice & witness activities and become more involved.

Sharing our stories, and reaching out to each other thru the DMA Mission Resource Directory manual provided to each church in the association or thru the new online Mission & Justice Directory of the DMA at