WHY A MERCY & JUSTICE MINISTRY?
Our acts of Mercy and Justice nourish our intimacy with Jesus in the same way as engaging in prayer, partaking in worship and receiving good teaching. They are core to being a Jesus follower, and more than that too. When our acts of mercy and justice are birthed out of prayer, worship and good teaching, they become acts that usher in God’s kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven.
The PBC Mercy and Justice Ministry is about inspiring all at PBC to receive and respond to God’s call, which resonates throughout his word but is summarised beautifully in Micah 6:8:
“And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and
to walk humbly with your God.”
Moreover, the Mercy and Justice Ministry seeks to strengthen, support and encourage those who have already responded to this call and are seeking how to authentically live out justice and mercy.
Courageous Conversations (Mercy & Justice)
This is was a series of conversations that faciliated via Zoom.
The events of 2020 have unveiled the severe inequality in countries the world over, with disproportionate economic and social effects experienced by people of colour, in comparison to white people, due to COVID-19 crisis. End of May saw a resurgence in Black Lives Matter protest efforts by African-Americans and others in the USA in light of police brutality causing the deaths of Ahmaud Arberry, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and more innocent, unarmed African-Americans before them. These cases have unmasked the persistent systemic racial injustices of the USA society.
The BLM movement is reaching communities across the world as the issue of racial injustice resonates with people of colour on every continent. In South Africa stories of police brutality (Collins Khosa) and racial pain are bubbling up from wealthy schools to poor townships.
We have learnt that racism is not just conscious hatred for black people, but also socialised*, implicit bias** that happens on a subconscious level AND it is also the oppression of people of colour that is built into the systems and structures of our world. What does this second part mean? I am willing to work on my own heart and mind, but I am not so sure about how I can be part of putting right the unjust systems and structures.
Bevin Jacobs, a pastor at our church, preached a launching message for Courageous Conversations at our morning Facebook Live service on 14 June 2020.
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Click here to watch recording of Session 02.
Click here to read about our week of reflection 29 June – 05 July