The Social Justice Network Ministries include:
- Prison Ministry
- Feeding Ministries
- Ministry to the Homeless
- Refugee Ministry
- LGBTQ Issues
- Environmental Justice
- Peace and anti-violence
- Housing Justice
- Health Care Access/Justice
The Social Justice Network (SJN) was created by the Diocesan Council of Trustees for the purpose of bringing together information and resources for Peace and Justice ministries throughout the Diocese. Recently the SJN worked with the Diocesan Refugee Committee to present a resolution at Convention encouraging parishes to support refugee work in their community. The SJN has members involved in a new Opioid Task Force that has been formed in Province III of the Episcopal Church.
Currently, we are looking at developing some Social Justice workshops for the Stevenson School for Ministries that will help parishes confidently carry out the Peace and Justice work they do. We want to hear about the good work that parishes and Diocesan committees are doing and we want to be able to connect people doing this work with resources (training, information, communication, grants) to help them.
The basis of all of this important work is Our Lord’s call in Matthew 25:35-36 ‘for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’
The SNJ meets four times a year approximately one-to-two weeks prior to each Council of Trustees meeting.