Diversity & Justice at St. Luke
Statement of Purpose
To better love our neighbors as ourselves, we commit to:
Educating ourselves and serving as a resource on issues creating divisions in our world.
Connecting and reaching out to diverse groups of people to build community relationships
Engaging in initiatives to help bring justice and equality to all our neighbors
The issues we intend to address include discrimination (in forms such as systemic racism, sexism, exclusion of people with disabilities, intolerance of other faiths and creeds, and prejudice against LGBTQIA+ folk), economic disparity, and the disproportionate effect of various ecological crises on marginalized groups.
What We've Been Reading
A Sin By Any Other Name by Rev. Robert W. Lee
For All Who Hunger by Rev. Emily M.D. Scott
Initiatives We've Been Following
Compassionate Atlanta's Interfaith Coalition for Racial Justice
A Few Shades Braver blog by Dr. Catherine Meeks of Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing
Equal Justice Initiative started by Bryan Stevenson, attorney and author of Just Mercy
Each month there will be an article in our monthly newsletter, The Lamp, addressing one of the issues mentioned in our Diversity & Justice Statement of Purpose.
Beginning in September, please join us on the 2nd Tuesday of each month on Zoom for an open discussion of the article.
Faithful Next Steps
We recognize that the work of justice and reconciliation is a journey and not a destination. As such we are committed to discerning and taking the next faithful steps in this journey. We acknowledge the harm done to marginalized communities by the Christian church at-large and seek to find healing and wholeness through personal relationship and community-building efforts.