Eight interested SBC members held their first discussion exploring what a social justice ministry might look like at SBC. Father Ed opened the conversation with prayer and urging that as Christians we are called upon to act out Christ’s values, to effectuate change on behalf of those most vulnerable in our daily lives. Others talked about the desire to apply our own humanity when we see injustice.
Ministry leader, Kathy Baros Friedt, acknowledged that many SBC individuals are certainly involved in social justice issues one-by-one or in small group efforts. There is a list at the end of this article.
Many folks have heard about Interfaith Works but don’t really know what it does and how SBC connects to its activities. Kathy shared IFW pamphlet which among other things listed the nearly thirty member faith communities. www.interfaith-works.org At that same website, IFW’s May-June 2017 newsletter, Interfaith Connection includes an article looking at what kinds of activities Interfaith Member Congregations are interested in doing.
Some talked about how social justice activity is not only about resisting systems but more about advocating for how things should be carried out in love and justice--- promoting the Holy Spirit.
Current immigration and deportation fears is on the agenda for the 9:15 mtg on June 11, but because there was such interest in the topic, the group spent some time hearing about what currently is going on locally and asking what kinds of actions can be taken. More on the topic of Immigration and what local faith communities are considering as ways to be involved, will be dealt with specifically on June 11. Interested SBC members are invited to attend! Questions? Kathy Baros Friedt firstname.lastname@example.org