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Do Justice: November 7, 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

Monday, November 11, is the commemoration of Veterans Day/Remembrance Day. Please keep those who have served and those who are currently serving our armed forces in your prayers.

Almighty and ever-living God, we give you thanks for the men and women who have served and defended our country and the values of freedom and justice we hold so dear. Help us be mindful of the sacrifices they made and the hardship endured by their families and friends, so that we never take for granted the privileges they have secured for us. Hear us, we pray, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

From Evangelical Lutheran Worship Prayer Book for the Armed Services (Augsburg Fortress, 2013), p. 66.

Clunky Questions about LGBQITA+

(from ReconcilingWorks.org): In our work, we often hear people with good intentions feel they aren’t able to ask questions about what it means to be LGBTQ because they are afraid of offending someone or they don’t have the right words with which to ask. If this sounds familiar, or if your faith community is interested in how to better support LGBTQ Lutherans, then the “Clunky Questions” series is for you.

Racial Equity Tools Glossary

(from RacialEquityTools.org): Racial Equity Tools is a website designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.
The glossary linked here reminds us of the importance of words and strives to provide some “shared understanding, particularly when using the most common terms. In this way, the quality of dialogue and discourse on race can be enhanced.”

ELCA Good Gifts: New For the 2019 Holiday Season

Choose from 50 charitable gifts to give in honor of friends or loved ones this Christmas. New gifts include seeds and gardening tools, a Sunday school start-up kit and manure to help a farmer increase yields from his or her crops. Each gift makes a difference in the world and shares the love of Christ with our neighbors in need.
See what’s new, at goodgifts.elca.org
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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