Here We Stand for Justice
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” – Letter from a Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963
It is hard to imagine moving forward from where we are as a church and society without naming the events that brought us to this place as a series of unjust actions by leadership and powerful people. Jesus showed us in his actions how important it is to seek justice, speak truth to power, and defend those whose power or voice has been muted/stripped away.
We know that a shirt or sweatshirt will not create any changes on its own, but the people wearing them CAN. We hope this shirt gives you the confidence to stand with us for justice. Because only when WE stand together will we start to see change.
We cannot move forward, creating community, seeking peace, spreading God’s love as we are called and sent out to do until WE can name the injustice that stands in the way of ALL of God’s people. We are standing up to say we see it, it is wrong, and it needs to change. Change needs to come individually as well as systematically. “It” is racial injustice in our church and congregations, in society, and in our communities. Until Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, Multiethnic and other Peoples of Color lives matter to everyone, our community lives unjustly and cannot properly do God’s work.
For I, the Lord, love justice. Isaiah 61:8
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