Theater for Social Justice – The Laramie Project
On Oct. 6, 1998, Matthew Shepard was beaten and left to die tied to a fence in the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. He died six days later. His torture and murder became a watershed historical moment in America that highlighted many of the fault lines in our culture. A month after the murder the members of Tectonic Theater Project traveled to Laramie and conducted interviews with the people of the town. From these interviews they wrote the play The Laramie Project.
Performances of this play will take place on April 26, 27, 28, 29 at 7:30 p.m., and April 30 at 2 p.m. at the Rynsburger Theatre on Hitt Street. The Social Action Team’s LBGTQIA sub-team encourages you to attend one. If you would like to attend the matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 30 with others from our church, contact Ruth Milledge by email or by phone at 573-268-9591.
Showing up for Sanctuary
On Tuesday, April 18, Members of the Social Action Team and many other UUCC congregants joined the rally for sanctuary congregation that was hosted by UUCC and Missouri Faith Voices of Columbia. The rally was attended by nearly 100 people and included voices from several faith traditions and voices of people affected by immigration policy and rhetoric. To learn more about this event, check out the following news coverage:
- Columbia Missourian article and photographs here.
- Columbia Tribune article and photographs here.
- KOMU-TV video and article here.
- KBIA Public Radio audio and article here.
At the conclusion of the rally, Alice Chamberlain from Missouri Faith Voices emphasized the importance of committing to action to support sanctuary.
In the weeks and months ahead, there will be many opportunities for UUCC members to support sanctuary. Please email Janice Smith, Chair of the Social Action Team, to see how you can help.
The April Faith-to-Action collections raised $1,492 for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Many thanks to everyone who donated!
The May Faith-to-Action collections will be for Mid-MO PrideFest Coalition, which is the organization that hosts the annual Mid-MO PrideFest in Columbia. Now in its 14th year, the Mid-MO PrideFest is an annual celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and ally community in mid-Missouri. This family-friendly event is the largest of its kind in mid-Missouri and includes entertainment, food, vendors, information on community organizations and more. This year, Mid-MO PrideFest will take place on Aug. 26, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Rose Music Hall, 1013 Park Ave.
The Social Action Team encourages you to show your support for the LGBTQIA community in Columbia by giving as generously as you can during the May Faith-to-Action collections and marking your calendars to attend the Mid-MO PrideFest in August.