SOCIAL JUSTICE & TRANSFORMATION COMMISSION
Awareness • Education • Advocacy • Service
Patti Laidig, Chair
Dave Gradwell, Vice Chair
"What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8
The Social Justice & Transformation Commission works to bring opportunities for awareness and education in social justice issues to the St. John’s community to foster advocacy and service toward transformative change. We meet the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m., currently via Zoom (except when we have an event). We welcome new members! To join the commission, offer an idea, or inquire about a social justice initiative, email SocialJustice@stjohnsec.org. Please note in the subject line the information in which you are interested (e.g., book discussion, volunteering)
The Rt. Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, Episcopal Bishop of Maryland, was the special guest speaker on the final evening of our Lenten Series, "Social Justice: Racial Reconciliation...Time for Healing." Bishop Sutton spoke about reconciliation and reparations, what that entails, and what it means for the Episcopal Church.
J. Chester Johnson, author of Damaged Heritage: The Elaine Race Massacre and A Story of Reconciliation was our guest speaker on March 17 to discuss his book and his personal connection to The Elaine Race Massacre. During his talk, he told of a woman named Sheila Walker. Since then, he sent us this update:
“Sheila Walker passed away today, [3/29/21]. As you obviously read in Damaged Heritage, she was a most special person, someone who could make another quickly and thoroughly a better person...and did so on many occasions. Right now, we’re grieving about her departure – as my wife so aptly put it soon after learning about Sheila’s death: “There is a hole in our hearts that cannot be filled”.
Service Over Self: Howard County Reentry Program Backpack Project
It is our hope that items supplied in the Reentry Backpacks for the Howard County Dept. of Correction, might bridge some of the gap for basic needs until men and women released from incarceration are able to find some security in their housing, food, and clothing. Currently, there is a great need for these backpacks as the ones St. John's families and groups prepared in the spring have all been distributed. More information and items needed.
Social Justice Book Studies
Book discussions reflecting the current focus of the Commission are held throughout the program year. Book selections TBA in Parish Events as dates approach. During Covid isolation, these studies will be held via Zoom.
During each election cycle we provide an opportunity and forms to register to vote or have a name or address change.