I attended the Justice Conference at Oakdale Park CRC this morning, sponsored by Association for a More Just Society and Office of Social Justice. Thanks for putting it together.
At the panel on Justice & Education in Grand Rapids, I wanted to say "Amen" to Mindy Hamstra's dream of families choosing to send their children to Grand Rapids Public Schools as an act of justice. I also wanted to add, piggybacking on Hamstra's comment, and in response to Kate Kooyman's question about what is the church's role in the question of justice in education, this thought: If the children of Christian Reformed Church families in Grand Rapids were attending GRPS, and their parents were investing in the lives of their children and the city's schools, the church's role would be religious education. The church should be speaking into the lives of our children and youth by studying the Bible, understanding doctrine, discussing practical faith application, and encouraging the sharing of the gospel. This should not be a novel idea, but some churches may be relying too heavily on Christian day-school education to provide this religious education, leaving the church impotent to impact the next generation.