Do Justice: March 12, 2019

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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

Today, March 12, the church commemorates Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome (540-604 CE). During this season of Lent, let us hear again these words from Gregory’s homily on Matthew 4:19-23: “Let none of us who see other people giving up great possessions say to ourselves, ‘I should like to imitate people like these who have such contempt for the world, but I have nothing to give up.’ You give up much if you give up the desire to possess. The Lord looks at your heart, not your fortune; he considers the love that prompts your offerings, not its amount.” (From More Days for Praise, 59)

A Moral Call for Ecological Justice

By Melissa Woeppel , Pastoral Associate at Peace Lutheran Church in Charlottesville

Members of Peace Lutheran Church, Charlottesville, traveled to Buckingham on Feb. 19th to stand with the community of Union Hill and attend A Moral Call for Ecological Justice in Buckingham. Union Hill was founded by former slaves and freed people, making it a place of significant cultural and historical worth. Yet for the last four years, the community has worked to fight the construction of a natural gas pipeline compressor station in the community, a project that has severe environmental impacts on a largely black community. The Rev. Dr. William Barber, II and Former Vice President Al Gore spoke alongside community members who gave their own testimonies.

Members of Peace Lutheran attended the event in solidarity with Union Hill, recognizing that the health of the people, land, water, and the air is interconnected. Injustice for Union Hill is an injustice for all of us. The event served to call attention to the intersectionality between ecological justice, racial justice, and justice for the poor and vulnerable. As we proclaimed together in the opening interfaith litany, “for creation to be freed from bondage, for the hungry to be fed, for all to have clean air to breath and clean water to drink, for the sick to be healed, for the beloved community to come on earth, we lift our voices and call out for environmental justice and quality healthcare for all.”
For more information about this issue, visit: www.friendsofbuckinghamva.org/friends

2019 Domestic Hunger Grant Awards

ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grants accompany congregations and their partners throughout the U.S. and Caribbean as they draw on the strengths of communities to attack the root causes of poverty and hunger. This year, grants have been awarded to 77 ministries across the U.S. for a total three-year (2019-21) investment of over $1,187,000 (an average of $15,400 per ministry). The Waynesboro Area Refuge Ministry (WARM) was one ministry that received a grant in our synod. Together, these ministries are part of a comprehensive approach to breaking the cycle of poverty and hunger — for good.

ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving

This Lent, you’re invited to join with fellow members and supporters of ELCA World Hunger to study, reflect and give during ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving. Explore the connections between faith and our shared ministry to end hunger and poverty. With our new resources, discover new ways to engage in the longstanding traditions and practices 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