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Office of Social Justice
You are the Office of Social Justice

Even when it’s unpopular, even when it’s complicated, even when it costs us, we advocate together with marginalized people, amplifying their voices.

Who is the Office of Social Justice?

It’s you.

You connect

One day, the little read “unread messages” icon in our staff member Kelsey’s inbox ticked up by one, and she clicked to read a message from Claire McWilliams of Loop Church, a CRC in Chicago.

Claire’s church had just welcomed a refugee family, but had soon learned that their new friends had a family member who was still waiting in a refugee camp abroad, suffering from severe asthma.

Loop Church was moved to compassion. Claire reached out, we connected her to World Renew…and now the family member is on their way to Regina, Saskatchewan after being sponsored by a church there! 

You pray

We don’t seek justice on our own strength. We participate in and trust in the powerful work of the Holy Spirit, moving and unsettling systems and people in ways that we can’t always see.

That’s why 184 churches ordered International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church resources. That’s almost 20,000 prayer bulletin inserts!

You stand in the gap

When advocacy in the CRC threatened to be shut down at this year’s synod, almost 30 of you sent us #AdvocacyTogether messages like this one from Jolanda Howe:

“At a time when we might otherwise be divided by party lines,
your calls to action unite us as God's people around issues of human life,
dignity, and stewardship. They point us to a Savior who says,
"Look, I am making all things new!" and invite us
to be part of God's transforming work in the world. Let it be so!”

You prioritize the voices of marginalized people

When people use words that dehumanize our brothers and sisters, you speak up. We’ve seen it time and time again.

And of course, you advocate.

This year alone…

2,235 of you sent 10,625 advocacy messages to your elected leaders.

You spoke up with:

  • Refugees
  • Children detained at the border
  • Indigenous kids
  • Survivors of sexual assault
  • People experiencing poverty
  • Vulnerable people affected by climate change
  • And so many more marginalized people!
You remind us of why we do what we do, together. You remind us that we are here not to save the world, not to “win”, but to stand in the gap with marginalized people.

The real work of justice-seeking is your work, and you have shown up for marginalized people over and over again.

With you for justice,

Andrew, Kate, Kris, Melissa, Paola, Danielle, Cindy, Cameron, and Reggie

PS If you become a monthly donor this week, we’ll send you your choice of one of these OSJ-branded t-shirts!

To get your t-shirt…

  • Donate here, and designate your gift as a recurring one on the second page of the giving interface.
  • We’ll follow up on your donation with an email requesting your t-shirt choice and size.
  • Your OSJ-branded t-shirt will be on its way to you!
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