Christians have long recognized in Scripture a call to defend and uphold the dignity and well being of all persons, especially the poor and powerless. Participating in movements seeking justice, positive reform, and empowerment is one of the most Christ-like things we can do.
Jesus wasn’t preaching a universal salvation message for the world, but he was addressing specific political, social, and racial issues. He was helping those who were being abused, violated, and oppressed. Involving ourselves within these issues — serving those who need justice — is an example of following Jesus.
We at St Hilda’s take the words of Oscar Romero to heart. Nobody can do everything but everybody can do something. “We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for God’s grace to enter and do the rest.”
We have created St. Hilda’s Social Justice Umbrella.
Under this umbrella are numerous social justice causes that our members are passionate about and that St. Hilda’s by extension supports. Some of the social justice issues that St. Hilda’s and her members are involved with are;
Fair Trade: Fair trade is a social movement whose stated goal is to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions and to promote sustainable farming. Members of the movement advocate the payment of higher prices to exporters, as well as improved social and environmental standards. The movement focuses in particular on commodities, or products which are typically exported from developing countries to developed countries, but also consumed in domestic markets (e.g. Brazil, India and Bangladesh) most notably handicrafts, coffee, cocoa, wine, sugar, fresh fruit, and chocolate. Contact the Environmental Advocate at firstname.lastname@example.org
Climate Change: Contact the Environmental Advocate at email@example.com
Indigenous Justice: Contact John and Nancy Denham at firstname.lastname@example.org
Homelessness and Affordable Housing: Contact Meg Stevens at email@example.com
Elder Care and Disability Rights: Joan Brock at firstname.lastname@example.org
LGBT Rights: Contact Jill Halliwell at email@example.com
Amnesty International: Amnesty International works to protect the human rights of people around the world. Interested in forming an Amnesty Action Circle with me at St Hilda's? Contact Jackie firstname.lastname@example.org
Ndandini Partnership: Contact Donna Walsh Wheeldon at email@example.com
and Environmental Justice. Contact David Moulat firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the Bible, peace and justice are never separated. Peace is never simply the absence of war, it is the active presence of justice. It has to do with human fulfilment, with liberation, with wholeness, with a meaningful life and well-being, not only for the individual, but for the community as a whole. The prophets speak of peace as the offspring of justice.
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A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life's roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life's highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.