Mercy and Justice

This week I had the privilege of participating in The Young Clergy Capitol Hill Leadership Forum. 45 young clergy gathered from around the U.S. and the globe. We learned a lot, laughed a lot, and wrestled with questions great and small – from ending poverty to facebook as an extension of ministry.

One of the questions we wrestled with is how to balance the ministries of compassion and justice. Christians are called to both compassion (e.g. feeding the hungry) and justice (e.g. advocating for legislation that supports our UMC social principles, such as prohibiting gambling – what can be considered a tax on the poor).

Our church has some incredible ministries of mercy showing compassion to our homeless brothers and sisters. I wonder what we might do to step out toward ministries of justice?

Below is a graphic that illustrates how we can express our faith, both publicly and privately through works of piety and works of mercy. How might God want our church ministries to grow through Acts of Justice?

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2 Responses to Mercy and Justice

  1. Amy says:

    Sarah–
    I’d love to talk to you more about this. It’s deacon work! I struggle with figuring out the balance here…
    Amy

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