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First Congregational UCC, Battle Creek, Michigan

Flint Water Crisis: Battle Creek Artistic Action


Battle Creek area community members, along with members of First Congregational Church of Battle Creek, want the Flint community to know that we are with them in their struggle. We want to speak out against the injustice of children with open sores from bathing in contaminated water. We want to lift our voices against broken systems that cause struggling families to decide whether to buy groceries or filtration systems. We want to offer support to those providing safe, clean water to Flint residents.

Learn more about the Flint Water Crisis:

  • Why does this matter to us in Battle Creek? We are two cereal factory closures away from being on a decline similar to Flint. Read more.
  • Why does this matter to Michigan voters? We must demand that Michigan’s government take care of all the long term needs of affected citizens in Flint and see responsible parties are brought to justice. Read more.
  • Why does this matter to Christians and people of faith? Read more.
Funds raised through the Flint Water Crisis: Battle Creek Artistic Action campaign will be donated to two organizations in Flint:

THE FLINT CHILD HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT FUND established at the Community Foundation of Greater  Flint. The Fund will support  and insure the delivery of critical public health, medical and community based services and interventions that address and mitigate the short and long term impacts experienced by Flint children exposed  to lead as a result of the Flint water crisis.   Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha,doctor of pediatric residency at Hurley Children’a Hospital in Flint MI states, “If there was ever a time to invest in our children, it is now.”

RE-FILLING STATIONS at Woodside Community Church: Installing a multi-phase point-of-entry filter on the church building, replace all drinking fountains with water bottle refill stations so that the  people in the community can have access to safe water in their own refillable bottles.  Estimated cost $15,000.  As funds allow the church will seek partner churches or organizations in others neighborhoods where the same project can be offered.

Donations by check can be made out to First Congregational Church of Battle Creek or FCCBC, and sent to 145 Capital Ave NE, Battle Creek, MI 49017.

Photos from the Flint Water Crisis Artistic Action art installation created by Battle Creek artists.

More resources:

The Crisis in Flint Goes Deeper Than the Water by Evan Osnos of the New Yorker

Flint, Michigan’s water crisis: what the national media got wrong by Connor Coyne

From a United Church of Christ Church in Flint, Woodside Church: Bigger Than Water