STRIVE for Justice and Peace In All The Earth

And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8b NRSV)

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matthew 5:9 NRSV)

"Along with all citizens, Christians and others have the responsibility to defend human rights and to work for freedom, justice, peace, environmental well being and good order." (ELCA Social Statement, The Church in Society: A Lutheran Perspective, 1991, page 5).

Baptismal CovenantWe celebrate the abundant blessings that are a part of this world. But we also walk in the struggle of human existence where we face our own sin, our self-centeredness, and the collective sin of human institutions, for example, the church, governments, the nations. In this struggle however, we meet the suffering God who bears the sins of the world and sends us out, as ones who are joined in the crucified Christ and in his solidarity with the pain of the world. As believers in Christ we are called to be about the work of justice in our personal and public life. We recognize that God's justice is something deeper and purer than our own best understanding of justice. And yet, we are called to love our neighbor as we would love ourselves.

We speak the truth in love as we participate in God's mission of abundant life for all. With a deep awareness of our sinfulness and the sin of our society, with humility we speak with respect and promote change. And God calls us to speak out. An enemy of justice is silence. A justice mindset is one key way we practice our faith. A mindset and a heart filled with peace is faith in practice. Practicing our faith is something that we may never master. We always have more to learn. The focus of our practice is our gracious God, not the practices in themselves. Our faith practices are always an offering of response to our gracious God. May God work on you as you practice your faith in the midst of life in God's church and God's world.

As we seek justice and peace in all the earth we:
  • Pray for peace among nations and peoples
  • Host an after-school, summer or weekend feeding program for children and families 
  • Begin a "Go Green" Initiative in your congregation and community
  • Forgive as we have been forgiven by God
  • Organize a community march against family violence
  • Challenge the systems that perpetuate poverty
  • Contact the ELCA Advocacy Office about joining with other Lutherans to speak to public officials about the difference your congregational ministries make in your community
  • Sign up for the ELCA Advocacy Network to receive information and other alerts
  • Love all of humanity, respecting everyone, and seeing differences as a gift from God

Affirmation of Baptism

Do you intend to continue in the covenant God made with you in holy baptism:

live among God’s faithful people;

hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s Supper;

proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed;

serve all people following the example of Jesus; and

strive for justice and peace in all the earth?”

Response: We do, and ask God to help and guide us.

(Evangelical Lutheran Worship, pg. 236)

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Resources for the Faith Practice: Striving for Justice and Peace in All the Earth. Use the resources below for help and additional information.

On Our Way: Christian Practices for Living a Whole Life
Authors: Bass, Dorothy C. Bass and Briehl, Susan; Upper Room Books, 2010.

The God of Intimacy and Action
Authors: Campolo, Tony and Darling, Mary Albert; John Wiley and Sons, 2007.

Justice for Women, Bible Study Series on Sexism and Patriarchy, Series 1: Speaking of Sexism: Called To Trust and Risk and Series 2: Humanity in God’s Image
See: ELCA Web Site, Justice for Women.

Using Peace, Not Walls Educational Resources
See: ELCA Web Site, Justice Section.

World Hunger Resources Page
See: ELCA Web Site, Hunger Resources Page

Book: The Gender Knot
Author: Johnson, Allan; Temple University Press, 2005. (Study Guide to the book is available on the ELCA Web Site, Justice for Women.)

Finding Our Way Again: The Return of the Ancient Practices
Author: McLaren, Brian; Thomas Nelson, Publ., 2008.

Shalom Church: The Body of Christ as Ministering Community
Author: Nessan, Craig; Fortress Press, 2010.

God’s Politics
Wallis, Jim, God’s Politics, Harper Collins, 2008.

Rediscovering Values: A Guide for Economic and Moral Recovery
Author: Wallis, Jim; Howard Books, 2011.

Advocacy Resources Page
See: ELCA Web Site, Advocacy Resources Page.

One Body, Many Members Resource
See: ELCA Web Site, Ethnic Specific Section
One Body, Many Members Resource (how to welcome and reach out to persons different in race, culture and class).

Talking Together As Christians Cross-Culturally Resource
See: ELCA Web Site, Ethnic Specific Section
Talking Together As Christians Cross-Culturally Resource (how to talk to each other with comfort and effectively in this diverse world).

Caring For Creation Resources
See: ELCA Web Site, Justice Section.

Congregation-based Organizing
See: ELCA Web Site, Justice Section.

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