Social Justice Endowment Fund 2015 Awards

One of the most transformative ministries at Lexington UMC is our Social Justice Endowment Fund. This year, the Fund received twelve applications, the greatest number of applications in its 14 year history. We awarded $15,000 – the highest total in our history. The committee also had its longest and most difficult task in determining the allocation of funds.  We look forward to hearing stories of the transformation and inspiration these ministries provide.

A brief description of the groups that received an award follows:

Love Prevails ($2000): Changing the UMC’s anti-LGBT policies in the Book of Discipline at UM General Conference in Portland, OR in May, 2016

Thrive Communities of MA ($1640): Response to the challenges faced by those returning from prison

Church Within A Church Movement ($1700): Support of CWAC’s first social justice intern

Justice for Our Neighbors ($1440): Legal assistance to immigrants in newest clinic in Woburn, MA

Windrush Farm ($1600): Aid a youth as risk through equine assisted- activities

Be Encouraged Retreat ($1250): Expand GLBTQ clergy candidates retreat and program

Project Chacocente ($1660): Agriculture and animal husbandry program

An Act of Love ($1750): Film officiating son’s same-sex wedding – LGBTQ inclusion in UMC

Worcester Fellowship ($2020): Winter warming center.