Justice & Reconciliation
Formed in 2018, the Justice & Reconciliation Committee of the Session provides opportunities for education and action in response to current social justice issues of concern in our community and nation. Our goal is to respond faithfully to the biblical call "to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8).
Our current issue of focus is immigration. We are a member of Faith Communities Organizing for Sanctuary, a group of congregations who have come together to support the work of CIMA, and are developing ongoing ways for our congregation to serve and be in relationship with our own local immigrant community. Previous activities have included: letter writing campaigns to our senators and representatives (supporting DACA and opposing the separation of immigrant children from their parents), classes and book studies on immigration-related topics, and collections and cash gifts to support the local immigrant community through Beloved Asheville.
Closely related to our concern for justice in our country's immigration system is our support for anti-racism work and, for those of us who are white, the work of learning more deeply about white privilege, our complicity in it, and our call to dismantle it. We have been challenged by our reading of books like White Fragility and Waking Up White and have attended Faith 4 Justice meetings as a part of this work.
We seek to listen to and honor the diverse voices of the people of our congregation, and we welcome people of different viewpoints and backgrounds to join this inclusive discussion. Interested in participating? Contact Pastor Kim for the date and time of our next meeting.