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 email@example.com so I can share them with others in the synod!
The Rev. Kelly Bayer Derrick
Assistant to the Bishop
Almighty God, we lift before you all who govern the Commonwealth of Virginia. May those who hold power understand that it is a trust from you to be used, not for personal glory or profit, but for the service of the people. Drive from us cynicism, selfishness, and corruption; grant in your mercy just and honest government; and give us grace to live together in unity and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (From ELW Prayers for Civic Life, Government, Nations)
Day for All People Advocacy Day at the Virginia General Assembly Wednesday, January 22, 2020
The Day for All People is organized by the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, the ELCA Advocacy office in Virginia. About 20 Lutherans gathered with 200+ sisters and brothers of all faiths to advocate for justice for all Virginians. People came from across the Virginia Synod: First, Norfolk; Christ, Richmond; Grace and Glory, Palmyra; Peace, Charlottesville; Muhlenberg, Harrisonburg; and Christ, Roanoke; as well as Pastor Amy Reumann of the ELCA Advocacy Office in Washington, and Bishop Bob and Barbra Humphrey and Pastor Kelly Bayer Derrick from the Virginia Synod Office. We followed God’s command to love our neighbors by meeting with state senators and delegates to advocate for paid sick leave for Virginia workers, for payday lending reform, for driver’s licenses for all Virginians, for protection against wage theft for Virginia workers, and for environmental justice.
Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust 2020
Monday, January 27, commemorates the 75th anniversary of when Soviet troops liberated the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland on January 27, 1945. On January 27 each year, the United Nations (UN) remembers the Holocaust that affected many people of Jewish origin during World War II. This day is called the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. We join in prayer for the families of Holocaust victims and for peace and reconciliation among all people. For ways to commemorate this day, you are invited to visit the website above and to consider the ELCA Guidelines for Lutheran-Jewish Relations.