ADVOCACY

The Lord God has told us what is right and what is demanded… justice, mercy, humility.

At Bluegrass we believe Micah 6:8 to be our guiding scripture and principle in all we do. It empowers, enables and encourages us to be advocates for the voiceless, the powerless, and the unable.

As we see a community in need and we recognize their need for an ally, we have been and will continue to step up, to show up, and to use our voices on their behalf.

We are committed to being an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, people of color and Indigenous People. We teach a practice responsible environmental care, and we join the cause of the mobility-impaired and differently-abled. We march for the rights of women, and we speak on behalf of the underserved in our community. We join in solidarity with our siblings of other faiths as they have been targeted with hate, and we are proud to be one of the original participants in the Lexington United Interfaith Encounters.

As a United Church of Christ congregation, we are part of a denomination that has been a leader in issues of justice starting in the 1960’s with the Civil Rights Movement. The UCC has been advocating for gay rights since the 1970’s, and took on environmental racism in the 1980’s.And in 2005, the UCC was the first church in America to endorse marriage equality. Bluegrass is proud to be a part of that legacy.

Locally, Bluegrass and its leaders have advocated for and been a voice for the marginalized, forgotten and discriminated against in Lexington and Central Kentucky. We have raised our voices against racism, sexism, environmental abuses, and discrimination. We have stood alongside and worshipped with our brothers, sisters and others of other faiths and religious traditions. We have advocated for the LGBTQ+ community, those experiencing housing discrimination, fair wages and responsible care for the environment, what we call “Creation Care.”  As part of our commitment to openness and equality, Bluegrass has ramps to all doors so that mobility-impaired people can enter through the same doors as everyone else.

Learn more about the United Church of Christ’s Justice initiatives.