Ministry of Justice and Outreach
Justice Leadership Program Intern, Anya McMurrer
Anya is so grateful to be serving with Northshore UCC this year! Originally from New Jersey, Anya is a recent graduate of McGill University in Montreal with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minors in English and Music. While in Montreal, Anya was involved in numerous mental health initiatives. She volunteered and helped to manage McGill’s student suicide hotline, worked in peer counseling as a resident advisor, and worked as the Mental Health Coordinator for the Students’ Society, ensuring that students had access to quality behavioral health care. Anya is also passionate about racial and economic justice, and is excited to apply the skills she gained in the mental health sphere to serve at Northshore.
Justice Leadership Jubilee Participant, Lin Hagedorn
We know Lin Hagedorn as a committed lay leader in our midst. This year, Lin adds another dimension to this leadership, as she works in this congregation and the wider community through Justice Leadership Jubilee. Jubilee is a ten-month intentional program for adults who want to integrate faith and justice work into their lives in a meaningful way. As a Jubilee participant, Lin will be working 6-10 hours a week with the 350Seattle on Wednesdays, and committing 1-2 additional hours each week to Northshore UCC engaged in systemic change work. She will also be learning social change skills and exploring her faith with a community of peers from other UCC congregations. “Jubilee” signifies the liberation and healing that emerge from re-structuring a community toward greater social, economic, and environmental justice.
Activities coordinated by MOJO include the following:
Earth Care – NUCC actively engages in a ministry of stewardship of God’s Creation within the church and the community to ensure a sustainable planet. We find ways to inspire congregational members and friends to make personal stewardship commitments in their lives and empower them to take this ministry to the larger community through effective advocacy
Justice Advocacy – To increase our effective advocacy reach we partner with FAN (Faith Action Network) which connects us with over 100 communities across Washington State providing education and opportunities for public witness. Collectively we can communicate directly with legislators and policy makers, and assist in coordinating public or community forums.
WMM (Woodinville Meaningful Movies) – NUCC partners with the Meaningful Movies Project. WMM coordinates screening events of social justice documentaries on the 2nd Friday of each month. The movies are free and open to the public, with free-will donations gratefully accepted. A facilitated discussion follows each movie, and we always have freshly popped popcorn.
Crop Hunger Walk – The Crop Hunger Walk is an annual event coordinated locally by WIN (Woodinville Interfaith Network) and nationally by CWS (Church World Service). A portion of the money raised is donated to local organizations (i.e. Camp Unity and the YMCA Summer Lunch Program) while the larger part is donated through CWS to areas of greatest need in the world to help end hunger and provide clean drinking water. Please visit our website at: www.crophungerwalk.org/woodinvillewa
JLP (Justice Leadership Program) – In partnership with PNCUCC (Pacific Northwest Conference United Church of Christ) JLP (Justice Leadership Program) NUCC will be welcoming our first JLP intern in the Fall of 2016. See information about Anya at the top of this page.
Seattle Pride Parade – MOJO partners with the Justice and Witness Ministry of the PNCUCC to ensure the opportunity for our congregation to participate in this lively June event.
Homelessness – We support Camp Unity Eastside, a homeless tent encampment which must move locations every few months, and participate in Seattle’s One Night count.
During the Christmas season we decorate a Giving Tree with tags for gifts to be donated to local charities and have hosted an Alternative Gift Fair.
MOJO coordinates other special donations and requests throughout the year.