“We belong to a community rooted in social justice, coming out of the Old Testament prophets, like Amos and Isaiah, and then Jesus. Justice for everybody is a keynote of our identity as a people. So, we do it because of who we are, not because we think it is going to succeed or fail… It defines who we are as Christians.”
( ― Lois Wilson, former United Church Moderator )
We’re looking for your input!
Social Justice Advisory Circle – The Justice Ministry is looking for a small group of people who can serve as an informal advising circle for the Minister for Justice to help shape priorities and planning. The commitment is a two-hour online conversation every month except July and August, sharing the tasks of agenda-setting, facilitation, and note-taking among participants.
(Up)Rising Hope Social Justice Conference Planning Team – One of the landmark events in the social justice work of the Pacific Mountain Region (then BC Conference) was the Rising Hope Conference that took place in Chilliwack in 2015. Let’s begin planning a similar event for 2022! The planning team will work together to help develop an overarching theme for the event and identify possible speakers and venues within the scope of the available budget (the meeting schedule to be determined by members of the planning team).
If you’re interested in becoming a part of either group, contact Jane at her email.
This online gathering is open to anyone in the Pacific Mountain Regional Council area who:
- Participated in the national Love and Justice Gathering (November 3-7, 2021);
- Wants to know more about it;
- And/or is interested in connecting with others about the justice work happening in the Pacific Mountain Region and beyond
All are welcome! This is the first in a series of online region-wide conversations to support and encourage each other in deep spirituality, bold discipleship and daring justice.
Register at this link, and receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Hosted by Jane Dawson, Minister of Justice.
VIRTUAL ECUMENICAL DELGATION TO COP26
Janet Gray and Tony Snow are among the delegates who have been virtually attending COP26, the UN Conference on Climate Change, in Glasgow, Scotland. Janet has been sending out daily updates via email, with quotes and ‘seeds’ from the day’s meetings and presentations. These seeds can also be found at the PMRC Justice website, at this link. Be sure to check them out!
If you’re interested in the work of the Justice Ministries, we would love to hear from you. Have you come across articles and events in our community that you’d love to share? Please get your suggestions in by Thursday at noon to ensure they make it in the newsletter.