“The LORD loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of his unfailing love.”
Seeking justice with marginalized neighbours begins where Genesis begins: with the conviction that every human being is made in the image of God. Christ-centred advocacy, like much of Christian discipleship, doesn't usually produce quick results and changes public perceptions or policies may not come quickly. But a rhythm of faithful action is an act of faith and love for our neighbour — a mustard seed entrusted to our faithful God.
Mark Justice and Hope Sunday (marked on the deacon's offering calendar as Centre for Public Dialogue Sunday) this February 18, and start your Lent season with a challenge: what would it look like for your congregation to practise the discipline of advocacy this Lent season?
Here's the Lent challenge from the back of the insert, ready to stick to your fridge as a reminder of your commitment to love your neighbours through advocacy:
Week 1: Speak up for equitable access to social services for Indigenous children through an offering of letters at your church or an online action alert.
Week 2: Learn about a justice or reconciliation issue that concerns you, and read about it from several sources (you could start at our site). Be sure to read at least one opinion that is different from your own.
Week 3: Write a social media post about how the issue you’ve chosen affects people who are made in the image of God. Interact with people who comment on the post or have a face-to-face conversation with someone about the issue.
Week 4: Write an email or a letter to the appropriate elected representative (whether municipal, provincial, or federal). Even better, call their office! Phone calls are often more effective than letters.
Week 5: Invite a few friends to join you in advocating by sending a letter or email to them.
Week 6: Set up an appointment to meet with your elected representative about the issue — you can do it!