Zion’s Faith & Justice ministry creates a space to learn, pray, read, discuss, and reflect on all issues of social injustice that we believe we are called to confront as Christ’s disciples.
The ministry meets bi-weekly for prayer, Bible Study, and education. Books, videos, and documentaries that explore the root causes of structural bias are discussed as we strive to grow in knowledge, deepen our relationships and ask for God’s help in taking action that can bring about justice and reconciliation as individuals and as a parish community. It is in this sweet spirit that the group has answered the biblical call for justice and peace.
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
The Faith & Justice ministry is committed to striving for justice and peace among all people by respecting the dignity of every human being.We seek tangible, theologically-based inspiration into ways we can be more faithful witnesses and deepen our resolve to pursue justice, mercy and reconciliation.
The ministry acknowledges that injustice encompasses many areas including race, gender, sexual orientation, immigrant status, refugee status, disability, age status and the poor.The ministry chose to focus on the issue of racism at this time because as Bishop Curry puts it, “this is the house that is on fire.”
The ministry further acknowledges that among social injustices, racism is a historic, complex and pervasive system of domination.We start with sacred conversation and prayer.Hosting ‘Conversations that Matter’ will help us to discern, reflect and share the new narrative with the rest of the congregation in the same spiritual journey that will lead all of us to work together towards healing, restoration and reconciliation.
So far, we have discussed the following books, articles, and films:
“Letter from a Birmingham Jail” by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Video: “Spirituality and Racial Justice with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
TED Talk: “We Need to Talk about An Injustice” with Bryan Stevenson
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
TED Talk: “The Future of Race in America” with Michelle Alexander
13th directed by Ava DuVernay
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
America’s Original Sin by Jim Wallis
Through Faith & Justice, we strive to become:
faithful witnesses who will learn the truth of a divided society through discernment and share the new narrative
Christ’s ambassadors who will seek reconciliation in our local and larger community by working to change unjust systems and structures that continue to divide us.