The pursuit of justice within our parish and throughout the world is the crux of our concern because the God of the Bible cares about the earth in all its munificence and the people in all their diversity. We interest ourselves in the systems that shape communities and our lives together. God cares about justice and so must the church.
We prepared parish members for full participation in the Truth and Reconciliation National Event in Vancouver in 2013 through a series of actions. We continue to pursue ways for healing, resistance, reconciliation and justice for residential school survivors and others.
We support the Street Outreach Initiative of St James’ by organizing volunteers to greet and be present with “street involved” people at every Sunday coffee hour and on the front steps. We continue to recruit volunteers for this ministry and we provide training for those who are interested.
We cooperate and join in with other organizations working for the common good in our neighbourhood and Diocese like the Eco-Justice Group, the North Shore Ecumenical Working Group, the DTES Roman Catholic Parishes, the Carnegie Community Centre, Servant Partners, Jackson Street Co-op, St Thomas Anglican Church, all of whom, like us, are members of the Metro Vancouver Alliance, a broad-base community alliance for social change. We see the importance of congregational development in our pursuits of justice through effective community organizing and working with other likeminded organizations.
We take seriously that faith is not primarily about belief, but about “beloving God.” The pursuit of justice is in doing that. We attempt to hold the tension between corrosive cynicism and irrelevant idealism. We live in the tragic gap between reality, the world as it is, and what we know is possible.