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
Troubling the Waters: A Journey for White Christians from Privilege to Partnership Study beginning this December
Virginia Synod Visits Papua New Guinea
Strive for Justice and Peace
In 1994 the ELCA Church Council adopted the social message “Community Violence” which speaks to the complex and pervasive nature of violence and the church’s call to address its root causes. Now, 25 years later, this social message is still all too relevant. This church acknowledges that it’s made up of people who have been victims of violence, who have perpetrated violence and who work to protect against it. While this presents challenges that are as complex as the matter of violence itself, the church is guided by the healing power found in relationship together and in Christ to respond to its roles as peacemakers and justice-seekers. Read the article from the August issue of “Living Lutheran.”