by Linda Wassenich
As a church committed to Doing Justice, Embracing Diversity, and Being Inclusive, the formation of a Justice Team in 2017 was a natural step. We affiliated with Faith in Texas, which is dedicated to empowering people to be active participants in their community’s issues and to holding elected officials accountable for their actions.
Faith in Texas is organized around six issues:
1. Voting rights.
2. Public education
4. Healthy food
5. Ending mass incarceration & addressing gun violence
6. Confronting Pay Day Lending
Our assigned organizer from Faith in Texas taught us a lot about meeting with groups in the community and teaching them how to do the necessary research and take action. We had occasion to meet with the PTA at Thomas Jefferson High School to explore with them what they see as needs and what they want to address. Other endeavors have included periodic articles in the ECHO (primarily about immigration and voting rights), pursuing voter registration, and Frank Martin’s Sunday School series on Sanctuary Cities.
Right now is a good time to take a break from the regular monthly meetings and assess where we are and what the Justice Team could be doing.
Come to the meeting on Monday, February 12, at 7 p.m. at the church and bring your ideas. What do you want the Justice Team to do? What are the issues most important to you? What would cause you to get involved?