Meeting Times: As needed on Sundays after the 10:00 am service and via e-mail.
Contact: Eleanor Vander Haegen firstname.lastname@example.org.
What We Do: St. James Social Justice Ministry advocates for justice, fairness, and economic opportunity for all people and for the responsible stewardship of our planet. Through education, discernment, actions and prayer we follow the example of Jonathan Daniels who responded to God’s call in the words of Isaiah, “Here I am Lord, send me.”
The ministry engages in direct action through a perpetual food drive for the Community Kitchen and providing dinners for our neighbors, the 100 Nights Shelter. The group has advocated for environmental justice, prison reform, ending New Hampshire's death penalty, reduction of gun violence and economic equity. We partner with other faith groups in our efforts in advocacy and provision of assistance.
Social Justice Ministry – Statement on Guns: Jonathan Daniels, an Episcopal Seminarian and Keene native lost his life in 1965 in an act of gun violence. Reflecting on that history and the gun-related violence that permeates our world, the Social Justice Ministry Group at St. James Church believes we cannot be silent. National Episcopal leaders, including the Presiding Bishop and the President of the House of Bishops, have articulated policy statements that advocate sensible solutions that can begin to lessen unnecessary suffering and pain. These include calls for expanded access and funding for mental health services, legislation to ensure universal and effective background checks before all gun purchases, limiting the sale of military style weapons and high capacity magazines, and a commitment from all of us to address the cycles of violence that contribute to gun-related tragedies.
Churches are usually places of celebration, moral education, compassion, and connection. They can also be places that remind us about justice, fairness, our responsibilities to our neighbors, and our humanity. We call on all people of faith, hope, and influence to join our efforts to reduce gun violence and ultimately reduce the likelihood that churches will be places of unnecessary mourning.
Approved by the Vestry May 10. 2016