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In the belief that literacy is essential to equality and justice, the national United Church of Christ launched “Reading Changes Lives,” an all-church literacy initiative, in 2014. That same year, the Rev. Shelly Davis and church member Holley Meyer of East Congregational Church in Milton embraced this literacy initiative, creating a local “Reading Changes Lives” program to serve our communities. As a complicated and broad social justice issue, literacy impacts other issues, including economic justice, gender inequality, criminal justice, public education, and racial justice. Church members have volunteered many hours over the past two years to provide holiday book fairs and book swaps, give away free books to trick-or-treaters, create poetry events during National Poetry Month, build a “Little Free Library” on the church lawn, and to adopt and reopen the Roosevelt Elementary School Library in Hyde Park.


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