Social Justice & Outreach

Ignite Faith Niagara Social Justice and Community Involvement.

May God give you the grace never to sell yourself short;

Grace to risk something big for something good; and

Grace to remember the world is now

too dangerous for anything but the truth and

too small for anything but love.

~ by The Rev. William Sloane Coffin

The long and deep commitment of the Anglican communion to social justice and outreach requires a balanced approach, first responding to the immediate community need and then turning one’s attention to the broader issue that created the need to start.

If you believe in justice and in the power of us acting together out of our response to God’s call to love our neighbour — please donate today.

Support for the Anglican Diocese of Niagara’s Social Justice & Outreach work ignites engagement in poverty reduction, ending human trafficking, addressing systemic racism, supporting mental health initiatives, increasing food security, advocating for an end to homelessness, and other ministries and programs as needs arise.

Stewarding your resources of time, skills, and finances in a just way is good and right. At the same time, we are called to work at the justice level, advocating to learn about and work to change the situations requiring our outreach and charity. Social justice and community engagement lead us to ask deeper questions like, “What needs changing in the system to address the needs of people accessing our weekly parish food bank?”

As Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation in an interview alluded to, generosity is insufficient, and that we must seek justice.

Social justice calls us to create, with God’s help, a loving world where we are active in building right relationships throughout creation. This is the work of a faith community, “to do justice,” as the prophet Micah said. Doing justice is taking action to address the root causes of inequitable situations. This work can be done in a multitude of ways: a group of Anglicans meeting with their Member of Provincial Parliament to express concern about social assistance rates in Ontario; taking part in a letter-writing campaign about the climate crisis; signing a petition that calls on the federal government to broaden immigration status to include better protection for migrant farmworkers.

To receive more information about Justice & Outreach please contact Deirdre Pike, Program Consultant, Justice & Outreach at 905-527-1316 x470 or deirdre.pike@niagaraanglican.ca.

Recommended resources:

Dignity for All https://dignityforall.ca/

Citizens for Public Justice https://cpj.ca/

Kairos https://www.kairoscanada.org/

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