|It's Just Love.|
|Dear NY Faith & Justice Friends and Family,|
We sat in my office; pens making mad-dashes across paper pads, scribble blanketing the white board. All the major events, programs, and initiatives of the 2009-2010 program year were laid out before us.
"What is the story our program year tells?" I asked. "What's the through-line?"
"F.R.E.S.H. Supermarket Campaign / NYC Food and Climate Justice Summit / Conversations for Change between the Police and the Community in the South Bronx / Immigration Reform Campaign / Jim Wallis Book Launch "Rediscovering Values" / Faith Community "Grow More Food" Initiative / House Gatherings / Remembering Haiti Teach-In, Pray-In, Act-Out / etc."
The NYFJ leaders' eyes scanned the board. They searched for the common thread that wove everything together:
"It's all pretty basic."
"Making things right."
"Collaboration and partnership."
We stopped - jaws dropped. That's it. Every event, every program, every initiative is one more step on a journey toward a more just city -- and, at its heart, justice is really all about love...the love of God, love for God, and the love for neighbor.
I scribbled above it all: "Just Love"
We went deeper...
Who are our biblical models -- ones who demonstrate a just kind of love? We ticked off a quick short list...
Moses | Micah | Jeremiah | Joseph | Esther | Ruth | Isaiah | Amos | Samuel | Mary | Zacchaeus | Luke | The Good Samaritan | Paul | Peter | James | Jesus
What compelled each of these fore-bearers of the faith to look injustice in the face and say, "No."?
Answer: It was just love.
Join us on the journey...a journey toward justice...fueled by love. Scroll down or click these links for practical ways you can practice just love this month!
Thank you for your continued prayers and support. And don't forget to follow us on twitter, facebook, the nyfj blog or the nyfj calendar for up to the minute action alerts, program changes, and details.
Lisa Sharon Harper
Co-founder and Executive Director
New York Faith & Justice