October 9, 2016

Pete HaackJustice Matters0 Comments

Most of the partner groups have house meetings scheduled until October 22 to begin the ‘listening’ part of the conversation that may raise new issues to address or different areas of the 4 issues we are currently working on. Here in our parish we still have a number of house meetings in which you can participate:

     Carol vonTersch, October 9, at 2:00 pm
     Joe Snyder and Marilyn Page, October 9, at 2:30 pm
     Jean Drumm, October 10, at 6:30 pm
     Ruth Entwistle, October 11, at 7:00 pm
     Vicki McMurray, October 15, at 9:30 am

You are invited. Please come and help us reach our parish goal of listening to 100 of our parishioners. For more information and to reserve a place please contact Joe Synder (785-550-6421 or joesnyder42@gmail.com) or Pat Lechtenberg (785-842-1992 or plek10berg@aol.com). Thanks to all who have accepted the invitation and made a commitment to enter into the conversation by attending a house meeting. Your participation is very important.

St. John parish is one of 6 faith groups invited to participate in a 12 month enrichment program based on scripture and selected readings on justice. Most of our team leaders have joined the group called Faith on the Move. Pastors of the faith groups, including Fr. Jeff, lead the discussion group on a rotating basis. At each session there is an hour of discussion and reflection based on reading done before hand. That is followed by a specific task related to Justice Matter’s efforts in each of our faith groups. Each of us have entered into a covenant with the others that will be lived out in: faithful participation at Justice Matters’ lead congregation gatherings, as well as at regular team and network events; advance preparation for Bible study at gatherings (pre-readings and prayer); collaboration with our own team to create a culture of justice-making in our congregation through worship, relationship-building, and active participation in issue work.

Hopefully, all faith groups will grow to a culture where doing justice is just as much a part of who we are as our mercy work and worship services. Doing justice is what ‘love thy neighbor’ looks like in public.

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