PEACE AND JUSTICE PAGE, April 7, 2022
Celebrating the confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve as the first African-American woman on the United States Supreme Court.
Caring for our neighbor: Peace, especially right now in Ukraine, and help for the Ukrainian people. World-wide help for the pandemic. The climate crisis, voting rights, systemic racism, white supremacy, economic inequality, gun violence, campaign finance reform, immigration, LGBTQ+ rights. It is all caring for our neighbor.
Prayers for the people of Haiti, Yemen, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, and refugees everywhere,
There are many non-profit organizations raising money to help the people of Ukraine and many of them are on the ground in Ukraine. Here are a few:
The International Rescue committee, Sunflowers of Peace, the United Nations World Food Program, USA for UNHCR (the UN refugee agency), UNICEF
Also the United Methodist Church Commission of Relief: By check made out to Global Ministries/UMCOR with “Advance #982450-Ukraine” written on the memo line, either mailed and addressed to Global Ministries/UMCOR, GPO, P.O. Box 9068, New York, NY, 10087-9068 or given at or through any United Methodist church
In addition, Doctors without Borders is working in Ukraine, but last time I checked, could not designate a donation specifically for Ukraine.
To check out fund raising organizations to see how well they are rated, you can go to Charity Navigator.
Song: Oh, Lord, you got to help us find a way” is the refrain in Freedom for the Stallion:
The verses below are a sample from Sojourners Magazine, https://sojo.net/22-bible-verses-welcoming-immigrants:
You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.
The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
Thus says the Lord of hosts: Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another; do not oppress the widow, the orphan, the alien, or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.
I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.
Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured.