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118621862Established a Congregational Church to serve & welcome the residents living in the economically disadvantaged areas of Ypsilanti.
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219401940Became a warming center & served hot meals to WPA workers building roads in Ypsilanti
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319631963Took formal action to welcome African-Americans into full membership of the church
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419681968Pre-school for disadvantaged children, prior to national Head Start
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519701970Welcomed & embraced people relocated to AFC homes from Ypsilanti Regional Hospital
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619721977Hosted Viet Nam refugee families, providing housing , clothing, food, friendship and support
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719811981Locally opposed the use of corporal punishment; 1982, forwarded Resolution to Michigan Conference meeting, which passed, and forwarded on to the State Legislature winning passage in 1986
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819831983Sent resolution in support of public education to Michigan Conference, which then went on to General Synod; passed by General Synod resulting in the creation of a national Public Education Task Force
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919831983Sent resolution regarding our commitment to children & their full involvement in local church life
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1019851985Designated our building as a vigil center if US entered military conflict in Nicaraqua
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1119861986Sent our pastor to Witness for Peace in Nicaragua; hosted delegation of Children of War youth.
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1219861986Formed a Prisoner Support Group for those re-entering the community following incarceration and their families.
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1319871987Passed resolution opposing US funding of Contra Forces in Nicaraqua, supporting Contradora peace process.
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1419881988Unanimously approved our Covenant of Openness, Affirmation and Non-discrimination of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgendered persons. First United Church of Christ, Open & Affirming Congregation in Michigan.
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1519901990Tamar Project: In partnership with the Women's Crisis Center developed a compassionate response to increase in prostitution by opening church to the women with coffee and a safe place to talk with other women.
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1619901991Weekly prayer vigils during the Gulf War; some joined Pledge of Resistance group actions.
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1719911991Officially became a Just Peace Church.
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1819921995Provided safe haven for a woman and her child who came through the shelter network.
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1919921997Provided free meal once a week for anyone who came.
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2019972001Home for the campaign to add "Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender" to the Ypsilanti Non Discrimination Ordinance. Only faith community in Ypsilanti supporting; on ballot 3 times, won each time.
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2120002001Sent 2 people to Witness for Peace in Colombia as US escalated involvement in civil war there.
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2220042004Provided food, childcare, nurture & support for 2 West African undocumented immigrant families
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2320052005Resolution of Support for Equal Marriage Rights for All which was sent to Michigan Legislature.
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2420082008Founded the Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (WICIR), which continues as a very active ministry.
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2520112011Recognized by the UCC for our immigration work, awarded the Great Lakes Region Imagine What's Possible Award, presented at General Synod.
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2620132013Washtenaw Regional Organizing Coalition started with First Congregational UCC support.
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2720132013Founded Michigan Open & Affirming Coalition of United Church of Christ churches.
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