JOURNEY FOR JUSTICE 2015
A FAITH GATHERING FOR THE PURPOSE OF COMMITTING TO A COVENANT
On February 4, members of the Good Faith Board and the Executive Director met with Mayor Bowser at her request to discuss Good Faith’s invitation for the Mayor to participate in a interfaith prayer service. The service would include commitment to a covenant. The covenant in simple straightforward language commits the faith communities and the Mayor to make addressing homelessness a priority. The covenant promises that the faith communities will support government initiatives to this end and will contribute to addressing the challenges that homelessness presents for the poor and marginalized and the community.
The Mayor commented that she prefers that groups that come to meet with her have concrete actions they wish to take to address community issues. She specifically asked: “Why should I sign this covenant?” The conversation was cordial and addressed her issues, and in leaving the meeting she expressed a willingness to participate. We suggested a date of March 8. Since the meeting we have heard nothing from the Mayor’s office, nor have we been able to confirm the date with her scheduler.
Good Faith Communities Coalition is an alliance of faith communities in the District of Columbia who advocate for adequate and affordable housing for persons who are homeless and marginalized. The use of the term “covenant” is rooted in our faith traditions – a very serious commitment to work to accomplish very important tasks. As faith communities when such a commitment is made, it is customary to pause in prayer to discern and commit with mind and heart to what is being undertaken. The prayer service intends to make holy this commitment to a Journey for Justice.
While you wait for the Covenant event……
- Spend 10 worthwhile minutes with the Biblical Roots of Justice as 4 clergy reflect on our call as faith communities to work for justice for our neighbors in need. Watch the Video of the October 12th event (11 minutes).
Read the Resolution and Covenant again. 42 DC congregations and 5 faith organizations have signed the Resolution. Encourage your congregation to become a participant in the covenant community! There is still time to sign the Resolution. Contact: Ann Friedman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 571-235-5495.
THINK DIFFERENTLY: WE CAN AND MUST DO BETTER!