Thursday, March 15, 2012

Delco Social Action Forum March 25 at Media Church


How to take action on social-justice issues is the theme of a public forum at 1 p.m. March 25 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County in Media.
Two leaders in community organizing will conduct the interactive session as part of the church’s Homer Jack Speaker Series: The Rev. David Eckert, pastor of the Drexel Hill Methodist Church, and Isaac Dotson, ex-president of the Yeadon Borough Council, are experienced in actions that have addressed both local and regional issues relating to education funding and housing. 
Both are board members of the Southeastern Pennsylvania First Suburbs Project, a regional coalition working to stabilize and revitalize older, developed areas.



The training will address issues and identify actions enabling people to create a strategic campaign for justice.
  
First Suburbs comprises 23 institutions representing a bipartisan coalition of elected and municipal officials, civic organizations and faith institutions. The church is a member of the project, which has helped influence policy decisions that affect the quality of education, housing and infrastructure in the region’s older communities.
  
The speaker series honors Homer A. Jack (1916-1993), a globally recognized Unitarian Universalist minister who fought for social justice. Among the key positions he held were executive director of the Committee for a SANE Nuclear Policy (1960-64) and secretary general of the World Conference on Religion and Peace (1970-83). Upon retiring, Rev. Jack was a member of the Delaware County congregation, where he focused on countering racism while sharing his wealth of knowledge about justice issues.  
  
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County (uucdc.org) is at 145 W. Rose Tree Road, two blocks west of Route 252. For more information on the series, contact Mardys Leeper, ma1leeper@gmail.com.

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