Both of those organizations were the product of this church. Wichita Community Theater grew out of a series of plays that were performed at the Unitarian Church, as it was known then. Mary Jane Teall, Dick and Betty Welsbacher, and others developed and presented plays at the church—and the organization outgrew the church.
Wichita Planned Parenthood was organized at the Unitarian Church in 1971. Rev. Don Vaughn, Jean’s ex-husband, led that effort. I helped stuff envelopes at one meeting.
This church has a proud history. But it also has a continuing commitment to social justice.
We remain involved with Planned Parenthood and Trust Women. During last summer when there was a threat of disruptive protests to women’s health clinics, it was this church that was at the center of support for reproductive justice.
Also, we are deeply committed to environmental justice in our annual Ecofest gathering and in our Green Sanctuary project.
Further, we continue to be involved in the fight for civil rights. The problems of racial inequality in our society have not gone away. Indeed, since the campaign and election of 2016, they have gotten worse. We will not give up on this effort. Racial justice is a cornerstone commitment of this church.
We are also involved with gender issues as civil rights, and will continue to be so as long as when the rights, respect, and safety of individuals are threatened based on gender.
We are church committed to justice. Please help support us in this effort. Please pledge whatever you can when you fill out your pledge form for the current stewardship campaign.
— Charles Merrifield