Justice & Service
All around us, people are hurting. They are tired, worn down and lonely. God cares deeply about the real-life challenges of real people in our neighborhoods. There is no hidden agenda or secret motive. We’re just doing what we can to make a difference.
There are practical ways we can show God's love through service and sharing our personal testimony of faith. Through, service there’s a glimpse of what God’s reign offers — a world of justice, love and saving acts on the behalf of others. We work to serve our community by focusing on three areas:
"Jesus came to serve, not to be served ..." — Matthew 20:28
Take Action Now!
We wrestle with the question, "How can we be known as a faith community that loves mercy, seeks justice, and walks humbly with God?"
Justice is at the core of our faith.
In the 1960s, Journey of Faith got involved with the Civil Rights and anti-war movements.
Recycling, reusing, reducing, repurposing became a thing and way for us beginning in the 1970s.
We've been advocating for gay rights since the 1980s.
In the 1990s, we were one of the first churches who saw a gap in service for communities struggling with rising poverty, homelessness, hunger, and violence.
We initiated efforts to partner with other faith communities to form new organizations like the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN), Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice (ICPJ), Friends in Deed, and the CROP Hunger Walk in Ann Arbor — to tackle those big problems "head on."
Recently, we joined the fight for marriage equality and stand in solidarity with all immigrants regardless of immigration status.
We continue to rediscover what biblical justice looks like for us today. We think it's pass time again to stand up and take action to protect people from hate, violence and persecution.
If you want to do something now to help ... We've got a few ideas to get you started:
“Preach the gospel at all times, and when absolutely necessary use words.” —Richard Rohr
Stay Informed, Show Up & Speak out
This summer, Journey of Faith attended the local march to end the separation of immigrant families at the border. Sometimes, the most obvious ways you can take action are by:
o Staying informed about which bills are being introduced to Congress. By entering your address in GovTrack.us, you can find your representatives and literally ‘track’ which legislation is currently being debated in Congress.
o Showing up to support people who are poor, suffering or powerless. Attending a protest can be inspiring and cathartic because it’s a chance to literally make your presence seen and known.
o Speaking out to make your voice heard. You can contact your congressman or senator on issues you care about by going to https://youlobby.org/ and entering in your zip code. From there, the site will give you numbers to call, as well as. a short script you can use when calling. Now is the time for our voices to be heard!
Ordinary Christians can make extraordinary contributions to side with justice. Christians, when rightly informed and motivated, can change the character of political debate and provide a glimpse of God’s hope for a better world for all.
"Whatever you did for the least of these, you did for me." — Jesus
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