God calls us to seek justice, help the oppressed, defend the cause of orphans, and fight for the rights of widows. (Isaiah 1:17)
As people of God we have a commitment to care for the poor and for the stranger at our gates. Working to address structures and decisions that may be unjust, we partner directly with families and communities on a local level and we advocate at a national level. Whether it is food insecurity, civil unrest, gender inequality, or environmental degradation, many factors are at work that limit the potential of people around the world. Whether it’s displacement and migration, food insecurity, environmental degradation, persecution, gender inequality, or the challenges created by a changing climate, many factors are at work that limits the potential of people around the world.
Your voice can combine with the voices of many others to urge our elected representatives to be proactive on issues that exacerbate poverty and inequality.
Use your voice: you can choose to write a letter, organize for deeper learning, share stories, visit an elected official, pray for the oppressed, or join conversations with trusted advocacy organizations.
World Renew has identified several key issues that we’d love for you to join us in tackling:
World Renew believes that creation care is essential for thriving communities. We acknowledge that God is the creator of all things, and has called us to be faithful stewards of creation.
World Renew is committed to helping small farmers feed their families and earn extra income through sustainable agriculture practices that protect and nourish the land. Many of these farmers are struggling to adapt to changes in the climate - especially in terms of changes in rainy seasons, healthy growing temperatures, and increased flooding. Access projects, stories, and videos* here.
*new video stories from Bangladesh available for download Spring 2018
Individuals and churches and churches can join the Climate Witness Project, a campaign designed to walk with congregations as they learn about the realities of climate change, as they seek to be better stewards of the resources they have been given, and as they find their voice to speak to their public officials about policies that protect vulnerable communities who are directly affected by climate change. LIVE JUST.LY
Biblical justice isn't an action once a year. It's a lifestyle.
INDIGENOUS RIGHTS (CANADA)
Praying through the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
A Lenten Resource from the CRC's Canadian Aboriginal Ministry Committee
This Lent we invite you to enter into the themes of this document through prayer in the hopes that our commitment to this Declaration as a framework for reconciliation would re-shape us as people of faith. Allow these prayers and exercises to come into dialogue with news you are hearing on these topics.
Every article in this declaration comes from a time when a right has been violated or outright denied to Indigenous peoples. As you reflect on these articles, let that sink in: for each article there is a contemporary example of violation of that right. What is our call as Christians as we bear witness to such profound brokenness of relationships and denial of justice?
Please take the time this Lenten season to pray. Pray for understanding, lament what is broken, and ask for wisdom and courage to change the systems that deny Indigenous rights—rights that are still out of reach.
IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEES
World Renew is a part of the Immigrants are a Blessing Partner Project.
This project joins with local congregations who are interested in working together in the four areas of worship, advocacy, education and making local personal connections. Through their work in all of these four areas, congregations can deepen their own understanding of the challenges being faced by people in their communities and they can effectively steward their voice to speak up for chang
You can also join the immigrants are a blessing partner project on an individual level by signing up for immigration updates and by contacting Kris Van Engen to discuss ideas for steps to move forward with your church or community.
World Renew supports immigration and refugee policies in the U.S. that:
Ensure permanent solutions for Dreamers and DACA recipients
Increase the number of refugees who are able to be resettled in the United states
Protect Christians and people of all faiths who are persecuted because of their religion
Keep families together and unite families waiting for reunification
On February 6, Carol Bremer-Bennett, Director of World Renew US, along with over 100 faith leaders, signed a letter to the President of the United States and Members of Congress. This letter was published as an ad in the Washington Post on February 7. Download a PDF of this letter.
Canada’s annual acceptance rate for refugees measures a mere one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of its total population. Currently it takes three to five years before a privately-sponsored refugee actually arrives in Canada, making it difficult even for sponsoring groups to stay focused. You can join what God is doing through the church to support the passage of humane immigration reform.
When we think of refugees we often hear of the Biblical call to ‘welcome the stranger.’ In this increasingly interconnected world, these strangers are our neighbours and we need each other. When one part of a community struggles, the entire community is incomplete. In addition to advocating for refugee reform, you could also attend or host the “Journey With Me” workshop to help Christian citizens work with their refugee neighbours for justice.
Live Justly is an in-depth scriptural and practical small group study in partnership with Micah Challenge USA to help people live justly in 6 key areas of life: advocacy, prayer, consumption, generosity, creation care, and relationships.
Justice isn’t always about doing something new; it’s about infusing what we already do with Kingdom values.
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POVERTY AND HUNGER
Every life is precious. Yet today, worldwide, 836 million people still live in extreme poverty — on less than $1.25 per day. We know that food security during the first 1,000 days of life for a mother and child is critical to the lifelong flourishing of the child and we know that, with the right kind of support, families can be empowered to permanently break cycles of poverty and malnutrition.
In the United States we, with other faith-based organizations, ask for your support for the Global Food Security Reauthorization Act. The Global Food Security Reauthorization Act was recently introduced in both the House and the Senate with strong bipartisan support. Passing this bill, a reauthorization of the Global Food Security Act, will ensure that U.S. efforts to combat global hunger and poverty continue for the next three to five years.
Send a letter to your members of Congress asking them to reauthorize the Global Food Security Act and ensure that U.S. assistance will continue to prioritize the first 1,000 days of life.
Justice in worship
Real justice and reconciliation begins in worship. In worship our understanding of the scope and depth of human poverty becomes more aligned with God’s word. In worship we are reminded that true faith includes protecting the most vulnerable members of society. We are convicted to not put ourselves first. We remember that transformation is possible. Hope is restored.
SMALL GROUP AND PERSONAL STUDY
Live Justly - Use this small group book to learn more about God’s call to Live Justly! It is an in-depth scriptural and practical guide to help people live justly in six key areas of life: advocacy, prayer, consumption, generosity, creation care, and relationships.