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J&A Fall Workshop
The Heart of Justice:
Breaking the Cycle
of Fear, Violence, Punishment, Retaliation

November 9, 2013

J&A Spring Forum on
Hunger and
Public Policy


Offering of Letters
and Farm Bill
Resources


"A Place at the Table"
April 27, 2013

J&A Fall Workshop
October 20, 2012

Immigration-Related
Legislation

in Pennsylvania
Other Immigration
Resources


Jobs, Justice, & Economics
Worker & Employer Resources
for Lehigh Valley Congregations
Worship Resources
for Labor Day Weekend

LCCC Justice & Advocacy Statement on Justice in the Workplace
April 4, 2011



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Justice and Advocacy Program

We are the advocacy and public policy arm of the Lehigh County Conference of Churches. The purpose of the LCCC Justice and Advocacy Committee (J&AC) is to engage advocates for justice in meaningful, theologically-based discussion which may lead to public statements or action. Through the Justice and Advocacy Network, we invite churches, church committees and individuals to partner with us and each other in addressing social justice issues of concern to the local community.

LCCC focus areas are Hunger, Homelessness/Housing, At-Risk Youth, and Mental Health. From time to time, J&AC organizes local workshops on justice issues, such as our annual Food/Hunger workshops in partnership with Bread for the World each spring; and fall workshops on immigration reform (2007), Health Care (2008), Homelessness (2009), Jobs, Workers, & Economics (2010), the Growing Economic Divide (2011), Affordable Housing (2012), and Criminal Justice and Restorative Practices (2013).

We also organize annual informal gatherings "Congregations in Mission: Finding Common Causes" for missions/outreach/social concerns committee members from different congregations to get acquainted with each other and to form new partnerships where there are common interests.


Justice and Advocacy Network

In 2008 the Justice and Advocacy Committee (J&AC) began laying the groundwork for a network among representatives of participating congregations to support local church advocacy on several issues of local interest and to coordinate efforts among the congregations engaged in those issues. Several of our congregations work on hunger-related public policy issues.

The process of building the network begins with conversation between J&AC members and representatives of our local congregations to identify issues of broad interest and the network functions that would be of most value to participants. In recent years, LCCC J&A has focused on issues that include hunger, poverty, afforable housing, at-risk youth, health care, and immigration -- and we may consider working on other issues that are of significant interest to our constituent congregations.

Here is an outline of what the network might look like -- but this description will change as we are in conversation with each other. Please contact us if you or your congregation would like to take part in forming or participating in the network.

Who will be participants in the network?

Participants will be members of congregations and organizations in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, who have an active concern for social justice.

What is the role of the Justice and Advocacy Committee?

  • identify educational resources and speakers on priority issues
  • organize leadership training and issue-focused workshops
  • link congregations with similar justice and advocacy activities to each other
  • build advocacy networks around one or more specific issues
  • assist J&AC in developing current or new issues and framing them for the Lehigh County Conference of Churches Board of Directors and member churches

What should contact persons associated with local congregations expect from the Justice and Advocacy Committee?

-information, services and resources
  • educational resources or/and speakers bureau on key issues
  • leadership training for effective advocacy
  • web-based resources for public policy advocacy, including contact information for local government representatives
  • access to denominational resources
  • links to other social justice organizations
  • a clearing house for new initiatives

What should the Justice and Advocacy Committee expect from our congregational contact persons?

  • to pass on information to pastors and congregation members
  • let us (J&AC) know what is going on in your congregation
  • reprint LCCC/J&A articles for members of your congregation


What is Justice? What is Advocacy?

The church is called to charity and social service as well as justice and advocacy, but sometimes justice is mistakenly equated to charity, or advocacy to social service.

Justice versus Charity
"He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" --Micah 6:8

Charity entails giving as an act of generosity; we are often inclined to charity at Christmas and Easter or other occasions when we hear of natural disasters that affect many people.

Doing justice, however, reflects a lifestyle that acknowledges God's ownership of all creation and exercises social, economic, and political power for the benefit of all people, and, in fact, all creation.

Advocacy versus Social Service
"Speak up for people who cannot speak for themselves. Protect the rights of all who are helpless. Speak for them and be a righteous judge. Protect the rights of the poor and needy." -- Proverbs 31:8-9

Advocacy recognizes that vulnerable people (whether individuals or whole communities) are sometimes treated unfairly and actively works for justice

Social service provides direct assistance to people in need.

LEHIGH COUNTY
CONFERENCE OF CHURCHES

LCCC Community Resource Guide
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  • Health
  • Housing
  • Youth
    
    
    Justice & Advocacy
  • J&A Network
  • What is Justice?
  • What is Advocacy?
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    Advocacy Resources

  • Budget Policy (PA/US)
  • Economic Divide
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Food/Hunger
  • Gambling
  • Housing/Homelessness
  • Health Care
  • Immigration
  • Poverty
  • Racism & Violence
  • Workers & Jobs
  • Youth at Risk

    
    
    Ecumenical Resources:
  • Congregations United
       for Neighborhood Action
  • Pennsylvania
        Council of Churches
  • PACC Advocacy
  • Other PA Links
  • National Council
        of Churches
  • World Council
        of Churches
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    Last Updated: 6/20/2013
    Created: April 7, 2008