Do Justice: April 16, 2020

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Welcome to Do Justice, a semi-monthly newsletter of the Virginia Synod, lifting up God’s call and command that we, God’s people, do justice. You will find helpful info about justice ministries in congregations, around Virginia, and through the ELCA. If you have stories of justice to share from your congregation, please share those with me at bayerderrick@vasynod.org so I can share them with others in the synod!

The Rev. Kelly Bayer Derrick
Assistant to the Bishop


Support Hotline Phone Numbers for the Vulnerable

Sheltering in place can leave some people feeling vulnerable to other calamities. We offer these phone numbers to folks in times of need to share with your congregation, on websites, and Facebook pages:

Earth Day at Home

Earth Day – April 22, 2020: We are all stewards of God’s creation, called by God to lovingly serve the earth. Even as we live in stay at home orders, here are some ways to celebrate Earth Day:

April is National Arab American Heritage Month

April is  National Arab American Heritage Month.  Dr. Ryan LaHurd, a retired Lutheran leader in higher education and member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Chicago, Ill, shared this blog post on Lessons in Hospitality, from Arab American brothers, sisters, and siblings.

Virginia Governor Signs and Amends Bills

Governor Northam had until this past Saturday night to sign bills into law, amend or veto bills and send them back to the legislators, or to allow bills to become law without his signature. Here’s the action the Governor took on legislation that VICPP supported. We hope the General Assembly will support most of his amendments. VICPP is quite pleased with the overall outcome of the session and most of the Governor’s amendments. Read the full article.

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About the Author:

Emily is the Director of Communications for the Virginia Synod. She is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington where she earned her BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, and a minor in Digital Studies. If you have an announcement, upcoming event, or news story idea you would like to share, get in touch with Emily via email or by phone at (540) 389-1000