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 firstname.lastname@example.org so I can share them with others in the synod!
The Rev. Kelly Bayer Derrick
Assistant to the Bishop
We share this special edition of Do Justice, with commemorations and vigils around Virginia following the terror attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15.
A prayer attributed to Francis of Assisi:
Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Faith in Action Community Interfaith Vigil
By Diane Bayer, Minister of Christian Formation at Muhlenberg Lutheran, Harrisonburg
Islamophobia Condemned at Memorial Held at Grace Evangelical Lutheran
Submitted by The Rev. Jonathan M. Boynton, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Winchester
Standing Together in Mourning and Solidarity Event
By The Rev. Dennis A. Andersen, member, First English Lutheran, Richmond