DIVERSITY & sOCIAL jUSTICE

Our Purpose:

Our Diversity and Social Justice Team is committed to helping people go deeper into the issues of mission, mercy, and justice by addressing systemic causes of injustice and issues related to living our Christian faith in our culture and society. The Team has committed to focus in five areas:
  • Environment/God’s Creation
  • Immigration
  • Interfaith work
  • LGBTQ+ Concerns and Welcome
  • Mental Health
They also partner with other groups within and outside the church to impact issues like gun violence or anti-racism.  To learn more about our work or get involved, contact Team Leaders Jean Streeter or Jill Griffin.

A Lenten Challenge from the Social Justice/Diversity Team

As Christians, we often associate the season of Lent with a time of self-reflection and an opportunity to deepen our relationship with God. During this important period between Ash Wednesday and Easter, the Social Justice/Diversity Team invites everyone to use this time to focus on ways we can honor God’s creation by being better stewards of the environment. Instead of the traditional fasting as a form of action, this year the challenge is for all of us to take positive steps: to find alternatives to plastics, which are one of the biggest sources of pollution around the world. For six weeks, there will be displays, give-aways, information and suggestions every Sunday for how we can all make positive changes in our daily lives that can make a difference.
Beginning February 18, there will be displays at both the Buffalo Grove and Deerfield campuses that offer practical suggestions and sample products that can help keep plastics out of landfills and our oceans. Many of these are available locally and are cost effective. Consider adapting as many of these suggestions as you can, committing beyond Lent to be a good steward of God’s creation.
Recycling Tip for Week of February 18
Look for a special display at both campuses that shows some surprising items that can and cannot be put in your recycle bin. Did you know you can recycle that (clean) Starbucks cup – but not those plastic containers with sticky food stuck on them? You can recycle plain wrapping paper, but not decorative paper with sparkles! Recycling helps, but consider alternatives in each case.
What’s Better Than Recycling? Reducing and Reusing!
"The most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place. Making a new product emits greenhouse gasses that contribute to climate change and requires a lot of materials and energy - raw materials must be extracted from the earth, and the product must be fabricated then transported to wherever it will be sold. As a result, reduction and reuse are the most effective ways you can save natural resources, protect the environment and save money.”
~The United States Environmental Protection Agency

Prayers for Peace

The Social Justice/Diversity Team joins with the Council of Bishops and the Northwest Suburban Interfaith Clergy asking for continued prayers for peace in the Middle East and condemnation of hatred against people of all faiths.

Pill Bottle Collection Drive Update

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Kingswood pill bottle recycling campaign! During the five weeks of collection efforts, 735 pill bottles were collected from both campuses! These containers were not only kept out of landfills, but were sent to Matthew 25: Ministries, which packages medications sent to hospitals and clinics in developing countries.

At this time, the 2023 campaign has ended.  However, due to the overwhelming response, we will hold another drive in 2024. We encourage everyone to continue to collect and clean their pill containers until an announcement is made next year!  Thank you for supporting this ministry and for continuing to care for God's creation and for others.

Gun Violence Panel Discussion

On October 11, the Diversity/Social Justice Team sponsored a panel discussion for community members to stay informed about gun violence.  Our featured panelists included Buffalo Grove Police Officer Malcolm Baker and Lt. Tara Anderson, Sheri Williams from Moms Demand Action, and Dan Didech, Illinois State Rep. D-59.   The entire program can be viewed here.