Social Justice and Outreach

Our Affirmation of Covenant, which we recite each Sunday, includes the line “Service is our Prayer.” Part of our UU tradition is to “Stand on the Side of Love” when issues of social justice arise. The Social Justice & Outreach Committee is a dedicated group of people who help plan and organize a variety of efforts to promote justice in our local and wider community.



The SJO committee meets every third Thursday at the Church from 7 PM to 8:30 PM. We invite anyone with interest in Social Justice Issues to join us as a Committee Member or as a guest.

On the second Sunday of every month we offer a Community Plate Offering that goes to a selected local organization involved in a Social Justice Issue of importance to our congregants. Organizations supported have included RHD Stay Program for people with intellectual & developmental disabilities, Memphis Crisis Center, Workers Interfaith Network, Child Advocacy Center, Literacy Mid-south, Church Health Center, food banks, and many others over the past years.


Michael LaBonte, Memphis Crisis Center


Once a month, on the 4th Wednesday evening, we sponsor a speaker &/or facilitator from a local Social Justice organization or from our church community on a topic that is important to our members. These events are always open to the public and can take the form of a movie, power point presentation, or other format followed by a facilitated discussion. Recent topics have included Health Care Inequality and “Capitalism, a Love Story.” Other planned topics include Hunger in America and Responsible Gun Control. These activities will continue and topics and speakers will be posted on the church calendar, in the church monthly newsletter, and when appropriate in local media publications.

There are several annual community events that are very important to our congregation. First, we are a major sponsor of the Mid-South Pride Festival every year, offering financial support, providing an information booth during the festival, and having a large contingent participate in the parade on Beale Street.

We also have an ongoing partnership with the Bond Homes, group homes for mentally disabled adults in North Memphis. During the December Holiday Season each year, we celebrate with a party and gifts for the residents. This also has become a source of pride for our congregation and will continue to take a priority position in our activities.

Twice yearly, members of the congregation assist at the First Presbyterian Soup Kitchen in downtown Memphis – another service project that is important to the members of our congregation. Participants collect items such as socks and toiletries for the needy, as well as volunteer to serve lunch on a Sunday afternoon.

We welcome all members and guests of Neshoba to participate in all of our Social Justice activities. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

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