Interfaith Justice Committee Approves Mission Statement
Heading into its fourth year of existence, the Interfaith Justice Committee is a partnership between The Federated Church and Am HaYam Cape Cod Havurah, the Jewish fellowship which meets at the church. Activities have included the invitation to congregation members to contact legislators regarding various concerns from the perspective of our faith traditions. Examples have been child nutrition programs, mental health funding for the Cape, and refugee policies. It has also offered forums on several topics, including Islam and the opioid crisis. In November, the committee approved a Mission Statement to guide its future work. Here is the full text of the statement:
Justice Committee Mission Statement
In keeping with the mandate of our faith traditions, the Interfaith Justice Committee was formed by members of the Federated Church of Orleans and Am HaYam Cape Cod Havurah, in response to the Biblical call to do justice and love mercy.
Our purpose is to identify the local, national, and global concerns of individuals and groups whose needs we feel are not being adequately addressed and/or who are facing injustice. Our aim is to strengthen the awareness of, and response by members of our two faith communities to the inequalities in power, wealth, and resources that exist in our world, through acts of education and advocacy developed and identified by the Justice Committee.
Because human need and vulnerability inevitably have political dimensions, as people of faith we understand the connections between faith and political action. We will be guided by our traditions as we seek to engage political leaders and others in the public square. Both our education and advo-cacy activities reflect tikkun olam: acts of kindness performed to repair our broken and unjust world.
Questions? Concerns? Ideas for involvement? Contact Rod MacDonald, firstname.lastname@example.org.