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March 4, 2018: Join Us in Thirsting for Justice

by Amanda Althoff

Since November, I have been attending “Thirsting for Justice,” a monthly discussion series exploring social justice topics organized by All Souls and two other nearby Episcopal churches (St. Margaret’s & St. Thomas’s). Social justice has been a lifelong passion of mine. From a young age, my family encouraged my siblings and me to give back to the community, whether that was helping at a church event, housing women who were abandoned during pregnancy, or collecting donations for those in need. 

The four discussions we have held thus far have opened my eyes. To date, we’ve talked about gun violence, gender equality, racism, and LGBQTI issues. At each meeting, participants share stories of how we’ve felt or seen injustice in our own lives to open the discussions.

The Bible tells us that all people are equal in God’s eyes, and that we should treat every person with the dignity they deserve. But as these discussions reveal, in reality this happens far too infrequently. Taking on Jesus’ direction to “Love thy neighbor as thyself” is not an easy way of life. Still, we can live righteously and justly by advocating for those who suffer injustice.  As Proverbs 31:8-9 tells us: “Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

Jesus treated all people as children of God with abundant love.  We, his followers, are called to live out his example of charity and love for all peoples, the poor, weak, sick, and outcast.  This is our task: to treat everyone as the image of God. The Thirsting for Justice discussions have not only opened my eyes to the injustice in our world, but have also inspired me with new ideas about what I can do to help end it.

As we continue through Lent, in addition to your chosen way of sacrificing, I encourage you to seek out an act of charity, or to support someone who is being treated unjustly. In doing so you may find a deeper meaning to this season as we reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice for us.

If you need some ideas about how to do this, come to the next Thirsting for Justice, on Thursday, March 8th at 6:30 p.m. here at All Souls.  Please join the conversation about how we can all live more justly.    


Last Published: March 1, 2018 11:52 AM
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