And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
Sometimes people ask how can I do that? I care, but I don’t know what to do. These are fair questions, and the answer is different for everyone. Perhaps answering two other questions can give some direction.
What really inspires you?
What is it that you have great fun doing?
Here are a few suggestions that came out of a brainstorming session:
If you enjoy reading, invite your book club to select a story about a social justice issue, and then connect with an agency in the community so that you can participate in working toward its solution.
Decide how you can contribute to fair legislation, by joining the Faithful Tuesday Forums at the Capitol and then participate in an action of that committee.
Educate yourself about the School to Prison Pipeline. Find ways to do something about the systemic issues of injustice that have created a modern-day system of slavery here in Colorado and nationally as well.
Find out how to resolve the dynamics of “Food Deserts” in the metropolitan and rural areas of the Presbytery of Denver. Help be part of a solution for our children and families.
Connect with the Veterans Hospital, Denver Health or Children’s Hospital to give comfort and support to children and families in need.
Do whatever stretches you a little and educates you to issues that you weren’t aware existed throughout our neighborhoods.
We are hoping to inspire you to identify something that you are passionate about, something that you like doing, or something that energizes you. And once you’ve got that focus foremost in your mind, we want you to turn it into an action that reaches beyond your living room and beyond your church walls. It can be your individual action, or make it more inclusive by bringing a friend, or the choir, or a mission group of the church. Find something that fuels your fire and go for it! And let us know what you are doing so that we can share the good news.
Dr. Wanda Beauman Moderator Presbytery of Denver