Economic Justice

St. John’s UCC is an Economic Justice Covenant Church.
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St. John’s UCC is located at 130 S. Walnut St. in Troy, Ohio.

St. John’s UCC is the seventh UCC church in the nation to be recognized by UCC national offices as an economic justice covenant church.

On January 24, 2016, the congregation approved the economic justice covenant drafted by the Economic Justice Team. The team typically meets from 6:30-8 p.m., on the fourth Wednesday of each month, to discuss ways to implement the covenant and evaluate progress. However, we may be moving to the fourth Tuesday of each month. Our next meeting is tentatively scheduled for 6:30-8 p.m., September 26, 2017. Plan to join us. And please feel free to review the minutes from our most recent meetings.

Check this page regularly for updates on our implementation efforts or for links to our published brochures. See news below.

Impact of recycling to be discussed

Lauren Karch, Miami County solid waste coordinator, will present “Recycling’s Impact in Miami County and Beyond,” 6:30–7:30 p.m., October 24, at St. John’s UCC, 130 S. Walnut St.

Karch will describe Miami County’s waste management program and explain the correct way to recycle. She will also discuss current recycling trends in the United States, Ohio, and Miami County. A Q&A will follow the presentation.

The program is free, open to the public, and hosted by St. John’s Economic Justice Team, whose members believe environmental stewardship is critical to economic justice. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. For more information, contact deborah_hogshead@frontier.com.

Thirty-two members boycott wendy’s

We surveyed the congregation this summer (2017) and learned that 32 members and their friends and/or family members continue the boycott of Wendy’s, pressuring the fast food giant to sign on to the award-winning Fair Food Program. Our numbers may be small, but we’re mighty. Thank you to everyone supporting this movement, which has the endorsement of UCC’s national board of directors.

New brochure published

In June 2017, we published a brochure listing local emergency resources. The new brochure, which includes a map, helps us meet our goal of providing for brothers and sisters in need while working for systemic change and creating a society where all people have what they need to thrive. Find a copy of the new brochure on our Economic Justice Brochures page.

We’ve created a video

With help from our youth, we produced a simple video for presentation at General Synod, June 30 to July 4, 2017, in Baltimore. The 54-second video offers a creative look at our efforts as an economic justice covenant church.

Presentation on Citizens’ Climate Lobby

On April 26, 2017, the Economic Justice Team welcomed Jeffrey Paul, founder of the Dayton chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL). Jeffrey discussed how  a proposed carbon emissions tax could help combat climate change. CCL is a national organization, with local chapters, whose bi-partisan efforts promote a market-based, non-regulatory solution to protecting the environment while helping the economy. The CCL proposes a carbon fee and dividend. The fee would be a tax on carbon emitting energy sources, which would encourage less investment in fossil fuels and more investment in renewable energy options. The dividend would be money distributed to American households, after collecting the tax, which could lead to economic growth. For more information on CCL, go to www.citizensclimatelobby.org.

Human rights parade

On March 26, 2017, hundreds of people turned out in Columbus and marched in the rain to support the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and its boycott of Wendy’s. The United Church of Christ has endorsed the consumer boycott of Wendy’s until the fast-food giant signs on to the Fair Food Program.

PRESENTATION ON MOVE TO AMEND
Guests listen as Mary Sue Gmeiner shares information about Move to Amend.

On February 22, 2017, the Economic Justice Team hosted the showing of “Legalize Democracy” and a discussion led by Mary Sue Gmeiner, affiliate coordinator of Greater Dayton Move to Amend. Fourteen people turned out to view the documentary and to hear Mary Sue discuss how  “corporate personhood” and “money as speech” affect economic justice. For more information on Move to Amend, go to movetoamend.org.

Presentation on single payer healthcare
Guests mingle and discuss single payer healthcare.

On January 25, 2017, seventeen adults turned out for the showing of “Fix It” and a panel discussion featuring Bill Davis of Single Payer Action Network Ohio; Dr. Matthew Noordsij-Jones, a primary care physician and a regional coordinator for SPAN Ohio; and Dr. Katherine Lambes, a primary care physician and longtime advocate for healthcare for all Ohioans.

Guests mingle and pick up information about single payer healthcare.

The documentary and the discussion that followed explained the value of a single payer healthcare system.

For more information on the single payer healthcare concept and SPAN Ohio, go to www.spanohio.org, where downloadable resources are available.

Guests mingle following the January 25 presentation on single payer healthcare.

 

Minimum Wage News

As of January 1, 2017, the minimum wage increased in 19 states and 22 cities and counties according to David Klepper of the Associated Press.

In Ohio, the minimum wage increased to $8.15/hour. Policy Matters Ohio recommends increasing the minimum wage to $12/hour by 2020. According to Policy Matters Ohio, this amount is just under 60% of Ohio’s median wage and should not lead to job losses.

If you’re concerned minimum-wage increases benefit teenagers only, hurt small businesses, and lead to job losses, read Minimum Wage Mythbusters by the Department of Labor.

Inequality: A Christian Response
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Church members and guests met on Oct. 12, 2016, in the Lifetree Cafe to discuss inequality.

On Oct. 12, 2016, the Economic Justice Team hosted an informal conversation on economic inequality. Twelve people participated in a lively and thought-provoking discussion based on “A Fair Balance,” an article by Edith Rasell, Ph.D., an economist and the minister for economic justice with UCC national staff in Cleveland. A downloadable copy of the article is available at www.ucc.org/justice_economic-justice_inequality.

Wendy’s Boycott

The Economic Justice Team continues to support the consumer boycott of Wendy’s called by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and endorsed by UCC’s national board of directors.

For information on the CIW’s Fair Food Program and the consumer boycott of Wendy’s, go to www.ucc.org/boycott_wendys or www.ciw-online.org. Or view one of the following videos: CBS Sunday Morning’s Fair Food Program, PBS Frontline’s A Voice for Workers, and Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser’s Food Chains.

If you want to join the letter-writing campaign, we have two models you can download: Sample Boycott Letter 1 (produced by the UCC Economic Justice Movement) and Sample Boycott Letter 2 (tailored for use in Troy).

On Oct. 7, 2016, CIW representatives called on OSU's president to boot Wendy's from campus until the fast food giant joins the Fair Food Program.
On Oct. 7, 2016, CIW representatives called on OSU’s president to boot Wendy’s from campus until the fast food giant joins the Fair Food Program.

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For more information, contact Deb Hogshead at deborah_hogshead@frontier.com or (937) 332-0443, or visit www.ucc.org/justice/.