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 Justice Umbrella. Under this umbrella are numerous social and environmental justice causes that our members are passionate about and that St. Hilda’s by extension supports. For further information please contact Jill Halliwell firstname.lastname@example.org
Justice and Advocacy: Why we do it! (link)
Elder Care and Disability Rights: Joan Brock at email@example.com
Environment and Climate Emergency: Bruce Pond at firstname.lastname@example.org
Homelessness and Affordable Housing: Meg Stevens at email@example.com
Indigenous Justice: John and Nancy Denham at firstname.lastname@example.org
LGBT Rights: Jill Halliwell at email@example.com
Ndandini Partnership: Carol Eades at firstname.lastname@example.org
Primates World Relief and Development Fund Go to the PDRDF website for more information
Refugees: Michael and Jenny Starr at email@example.com
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.