Christian Social Justice

Christian Social Justice

“But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”
– Amos 5:24 English Standard Version

Welcome to the Ministry of
Christian Social Justice!

Ministry Members:

Lucy Tarabour, Chair
Trayce Biancalana
John Jacus
Kris Lang
Carol Taylor
Rev. Dr. J. Michael Solberg, Staff Liaison

 

Our Mission:

We seek to respond to God’s call for justice by working to remedy systemic causes of social, political, and economic injustice through education and advocacy, rather than providing charity alone.

Our ministry’s charter calls us to:

  • Take responsibility for helping the church and its members to live out Jesus’ simple charge to “do justice.”
  • Study the Bible and other sources in order to understand, teach, and celebrate in worship the nature of Christian social justice as God’s dream of shalom on earth—well being for everyone.
  • Help members of the Church to assess the state of Christian social justice in contemporary life and identify the conditions and barriers to its realization.
  • Advise and support individuals and organizations at all levels—local, regional, national, and international, striving to overcome fundamental barriers to justice and striving to promote God’s shalom.

 

How We Serve

In pursuit of this charter the Christian Social Justice Ministry engages in the following activities:

    • Direct advocacy through meetings with legislators and participation in advocacy events.
    • Letter writing campaigns around specific issues of social justice.
    • Classes and seminars to inform members of the congregation about specific issues of social justice.
    • Moments for Justice from the pulpit to inform members about issues and opportunities for advocacy.
    • Direct contributions from our budget to organizations that engage in advocacy for justice.
    • Administer Hank Maxwell Memorial Fund through the Hank Maxwell Peace & Justice Committee

Read about our work in 2016:

Christian Social Justice Ministry
2016 Annual Report

Highlights from 2016 include:

    • January: CSJ organized and hosted a Mental Health Panel Discussion moderated by Dick Johnson. Panel members included Jane Mitchell, Director of Behavioral Health, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Kathy Ruffulo, LCPC, Director of Clinical Services, Hinsdale Community House Counseling Center, Greg DiDomenico, Executive Director, Community Memorial Foundation, and Mark Kolkman, Principal, Hinsdale Central High School. More than 40 people attended the program.
    •  February: Several Union Church members participated in DuPage United’s “We the People: Solidarity with our Muslim Neighbors.” More than 800 people of many faiths attended this event.
    •  September: CSJ Ministry co-sponsored and provided PR support for a Conflict Resolution Workshop held at Union Church on two consecutive Sunday afternoons. The workshop was presented by Reverend Bill Blank of the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center.
    • October: Union Church hosted DuPage United 2-day organizing training with more than 20 attendees. (Shown at right.)
    • November: Ministry members participated in the planning and execution of DuPage United’s Fall Assembly that brought together leaders from the law enforcement, business, health care and faith-based communities. (Shown at left.) DuPage United leaders (including Union Church members) secured commitments for continued collaboration in creation of a much-needed DuPage diversion center for those in mental health crisis. The more than 600 people in attendance also pledged solidarity with one another in the face of discrimination and hatred. In addition, leaders shared information on a new DuPage United campaign working with refugees living in DuPage County.

Budget Summary:
Annual budget allocation: $4,000
Expenditures

  • $4,000 annual dues to DuPage United ($2,000 from annual budget, remainder from Endowment Fund Social Justice allocation)
  • $1,000 support for Adult Education Fall program

Lucy Tarabour, Chair
On behalf of the Christian Social Justice Ministry members


How to get involved: Links and events of interest

Our meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:15 pm in room O are open to all. Come and join us to find out more, or feel free to contact any member of the ministry.

 

The Latest:

Last November, at the DuPage United Assembly for Mental Health, our sanctuary was filled with people from a dozen different congregations calling on our county officials to increase Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for police officers.  Our officials have taken the first steps toward fulfillment of the commitments they made that day.

And today, the Chicago Police Department announced a major increase in CIT training for its officers in the wake of the Laquan McDonald and other police shootings.  Stay updated–full Tribune story here.

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