The suffering of the land is borne unequally by those who are marginalized, by those whose living space becomes collateral damage, whose water is left unprotected by forces beyond their control, those who systems are not designed to protect or benefit.
Do Justice is a blog shaped by a variety of voices examining and reflecting on justice issues with a Reformed accent. The blog is run by two CRC ministries (Christian Reformed Centre for Public Dialogue and the Office of Social Justice) at dojustice.crcna.org and some of the posts are also shared on the Network.
This is what it looks like when communities, churches, and individuals wrestle with injustice. Together we’re finding new ideas and perspectives, sharing better ways to engage in justice work, remembering our motivation, and growing our faith. This is also a place to learn more about the role of the church in justice work, why the church cares, and why this work matters. We hope you’ll find good company as we struggle with hard issues and hard work. We hope, too, that you’ll celebrate what God is doing through faithful people to bring his kingdom.
On Do Justice we pay particular attention to voices that are often marginalized. We aim for 25% percent representation of people of color among our writers and seek out diverse perspectives and readership with respect to age, gender, ability, location, et cetera, because we believe that the Body of Christ is stronger when all its members are honored (1 Corinthians 12:15-26). Find out how well we are meeting these goals on this page.
Wondering what we mean by “Reformed accent”? The Reformed family is a diverse family with a diverse range of opinions, and not all perspectives expressed on this blog represent the official positions of the Christian Reformed Church and its ministries—and that’s okay, because we’re having a conversation! You can read more about our official doctrines and positions here.
Join us as, “with tempered impatience, eager to see injustice ended, we expect the Day of the Lord.” (Our World Belongs to God stanza 6)
Life is a gift from God. Caring for new human life, whether in the womb or outside of it, means caring for mothers (and families!).
This is our Father’s world. So let’s return to the land together, to the treaties. We are made from the dirt of a garden, after all! Who first stewarded the portion of Creator’s world that you call home? And why does it matter?
It’s said so often in the U.S. that churches that get involved in social justice decline in membership. But the story of Korea, and the story of the African-American community in the U.S., tells a very different story.
I decided to give up eating fruit and I decided to add reading theology from a different cultural context than my own. Why did I give up a food group that the Canadian food guide tells us that we need each day, you ask?
My advice to you is the advice I’m learning to embrace myself: write boldly about important things, ruffle feathers, speak your truth, love God, be propelled out, build community, proclaim Christ!
We don’t know what we invite in when we open up our table. What we do know is that we have been called by a welcoming God. We know that we have been called by a God who just loves to reconcile—it’s his favorite work.
Last fall the Canadian Aboriginal Ministry Committee (CAMC) invited pastors and churches in Canada to consider together what it means that the land we call Canada has been inhabited for far more than 150 years.
The submissions to the Creation Care Preaching Challenge are in! Check them out and get inspired.
In this time of Lent, I'm reminded again of the great commandment to love God and our neighbours. I've learned that loving and honoring God means caring, stewarding, and preserving God’s good creation and the environment around us.