(Written for Channing Memorial Church)
“If we are to be a force of justice in this world, we must be actively creating a lived vision of justice. We must be actively creating a community that nurtures the soul of all adults and children. We are teaching our children and learning with our children, that there is a way to be in this world that is different from the mainstream. We are teaching our children that we can stand on the side of love. We are teaching them that when we love we create opportunity for justice to happen. We are teaching them that there is a different way to be in this world and they are taking that with them to the playground, the cafeteria, on the bus, …standing up to the microagressions that grind down the soul.”
I invite you to combine your passion for justice with RE ministry. You can bring your gifts to RE through teaching in a class, working on an event, or being part of the visioning for RE next year.
Next fall, we offer two curricula for junior high youth that I think would connect with your justice centered sensibilities, “Heeding the Call” and “Our Whole Lives.” Heeding the Call needs a team of leaders to bring justice work alive for our youth. You can read about the curriculum on the Junior Youth page here. Our Whole Lives is a comprehensive human sexuality program providing accurate, developmentally appropriate information to help youth make values based decisions about their relationships based on self worth, responsibility, sexual health, justice and inclusivity. The class already has fantastic leaders, but could use one or two people as support next year connecting with Youth Pride RI, Planned Parenthood, and other resources. There are also congregational events to support or create, like a Hunger Banquet, Standing on the Side of Love Month, or the youth group’s Sleep-Out for the Homeless.
Please check out and sign up for the volunteer opportunities that will connect your skills and passion with a new generation of change makers!