During 2020, the Church and Society team worked together to establish a mission statement that will guide our work in the years to come. The statement, "As followers of Christ, we listen, learn, and take action for social justice" , will serve as a reminder that in order to make a difference, we need to be willing to listen to others who are different from us and take time to educate ourselves about the social justice issues around the world. But it can't stop there. We need to use what we learn and work to make change happen.
Our focus in 2019 was addressing immigration issues, including the asylum seekers who are being held in detention centers across the country. We partnered with Casa de Paz in Denver by making Christmas cards for those being detained locally. We continue to look for ways to support Casa de Paz's work. We are also beginning to explore what it might take as a church, to sponsor a refugee family.
As a result of George Floyd's death, we shifted our focus in 2020 to racial justice. We created the Racial Justice Corner on the church website; Packed full of articles, books, and videos to help the congregation and those visiting our church's website to learn more about racial justice in the United States. We host a bi-weekly study called, "A Journey Toward Racial Justice" that aims to educate attendees about racial justice. Our goal is to learn enough in order to be able to take actions that can make a difference in the lives of black Americans.
In 2021, we hope to expand our efforts and learn more about climate change and how it's impacting those around the world.
We welcome all members of the congregation to get involved by either joining the Church & Society team, or supporting our mission opportunities as we share them with the congregation.
-- Carolyn Hohne, Church & Society chairperson