Do Justice: February 20, 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

On Tuesday, February 25, the church commemorates Elizabeth Fedde, deaconess, died 1921. Born in Norway and trained there as a deaconess, Fedde was asked to come and minister to the poor and to seamen in New York City. She established the Deaconess House in Brooklyn as well as Deaconess Hospital in Minneapolis. Join me in giving thanks for the ministry of Deacons in the ELCA! (You can learn more about ELCA deacons in this Living Lutheran article and about the Lutheran Diaconal Association.)

Let us pray: God of compassion, your Son came among us not to be served but to serve. We give you thanks for the women and men whom you have called to the diaconal ministry of word and service. Give them faith to serve you with gladness; sustain them with a living hope, especially in the time of despair; and kindle in them your love, so that they see in every neighbor the face of Jesus Christ, our Lord, in whose name we pray. Amen. (From ELW p. 75)

#TreasuresOfDarkness: An African Descent Month Devotional- A reprise for 2020 (excerpt) by Rev. Kwame Pitts

Did you know that the ELCA has several blogs in which people from around this church share insights, wisdom, and musings? You can choose to subscribe to any or all of them.

During this African Descent History Month, I lift to you the postings on the ELCA Racial Justice blog , including this post (#TreasuresofDarkness) from the Rev. Kwame Pitts, pastor and campus pastor serving in Upstate New York Synod.


Devoid of Light

Lacking knowledge or culture.



Lack of spiritual or intellectual enlightenment.





Throughout our complex and convoluted history, forcibly exiled to these divided United States , we as People of Color specifically, children of the African Diaspora, have had the label affixed to our very being, everything that could be seen as negative and malevolent, based on the color of our skin. Our ancestral home, was known as the dark continent

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Fair Housing and Everyday Jericho Roads- ELCA Advocacy Action Alert!

Brooke De Jong is the Program Assistant for Hunger Education with ELCA World Hunger. Previous to this position she worked managing grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for a housing agency in Chicago, IL.

When it comes to responding to homelessness in our congregations, often there is a will but not a way. We would help if we only knew how to do it safely, if we could guarantee that our money was not going to support an addiction, if we had more time to understand best practices and so on. Fear causes us to freeze and walk or drive past the neighbor in need on our everyday Jericho roads. We all have been the Priest and the Levite when we wanted to be the Good Samaritan. And sometimes we have been the person victimized on the hazardous road, waiting for our Good Samaritan.

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40 Days of Giving- Lenten Resources

This Lent, you’re invited to join with fellow supporters to study, reflect and give during ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving. Experience how the grace of Christ moves us to engage in transformative works of love around the world as God calls us into the ministry of hope, liberation and restoration. Resources include:  a devotional calendar ,  weekly study ,  coin jar wrappers  and more!

To order these resources,  click here.


In the ELCA Young Adults blog, the Young Adult Ministry of the ELCA offers inspiration, opportunities, and resources for young adults and for others. In this post – #NoPlasticsforLent – Savanna Sullivan, Program Director for ELCA Young Adult Ministries, shares insights into creation care and the Season of Lent.

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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