Social Justice Outreach
A tradition of seeking and advocating for social justice and outreach is synonymous with our faith. Over the life of St. Jude's parishioners have been leaders in the Episcopal Peace Fellowship, have started missions serving farmworkers and their families, and a program to help families through elder care.
The Episcopal Church, through the Episcopal Public Policy Network, takes positions on issues of public policy and encourages parishioners to add their voices.
The Episcopal News Service chronicles the life of the church in our national and global community. An archive of news from ENS is maintained on the St. Jude's Web site. Use search terms, such as "Jerusalem" in the search box at the top of any page to discover articles about various topics. You can also go directly to the Episcopal News Service site by clicking this logo:
St. Jude's Social Justice Outreach ministry seeks to foster the parish community's commitment to social justice, encourage parish mission, recruit outreach volunteers, and direct parish funds to persons, programs and missions in greatest need.
Parishioners are invited to contribute to quarterly Social Justice Outreach meetings. The next meeting will be Feb 8, 2017, the second Wednesday of the month, at 7:15PM in the Fireside Room. The meetings are a chance to share perspectives and ideas, and consider how best to foster activities through which we can live out our baptismal convenant...
- Opportunities for personal contributions of passion, time, and talents
- Advocacy for those in need who cannot advocate for themselves
- Stewardship of funds the Parish devotes to social justice and outreach
We are guided and sustained by Christ's commandment to treat our neighbors as ourselves, by our gratitude for the gift of creation, and by our realization that we are stewards of all that we possess.
In 2014, St. Jude's commitment to social justice outreach lead the parish community to enter into a five year Covenant with the people of Saint Patrick's school in rural Haiti - to work with them to strengthen the school and the education of the students it serves.
During a visit to St. Jude's, the Rev. Roger Bowen, a leader in building capacity for education in Haiti, shared his outlook from decades of work in Haiti - where half of children of school age are not in school. He gave a poignant prayer for children, written by newspaper columnist Ina Hughes, that expresses the call to serve those less fortunate than ourselves. It concluded with these words:
We pray for children who want to be carried,
and for those who must,
for those we never give up on
for those who don't get a second chance.
...and for those who will grab
the hand of anybody kind enough to offer it.
--Ina J. Hughs, Children
Whoever you are, wherever you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome here.