Soon I will load up the car with sewing supplies and head to church. I'm guessing that most readers would find the two sides of that sentence to not quite fit together.
We are having a social justice Sunday. You could argue that every Sunday should be social justice Sunday, and I would not disagree. But today, we are giving people the opportunity to be more engaged with more than just their minds.
The larger Lutheran church (ELCA) has been having God's Work, Our Hands Sundays for a few years now. It's been thrilling to think that churches all over the land are either working for a more just society or working to alleviate the wounds of injustice.
Some churches have already done their God's Work, Our Hands Sunday. We had to postpone ours. Originally we had planned to do it last week-end, but that was the women's retreat, so a substantial number of hands would be away.
This Sunday will offer choices for people. People can work on quilt tops:
There will be quilts to knot together:
We will have a sewing machine to speed the process:
People can simply bring donations for the food pantry:
We will have donations of cookies that need to be packaged up to send to college students.
My fearless spouse will set up the sewing machine and let the pre-teen girls work the foot pedal!
God's work, our hands--the faith that moves our feet!
And yes, I realize that these activities are more charitable activities than justice activities. We are alleviating the effects of injustice instead of working to restore justice. My church does a fair amount of those activities too.
If you're saying, "Wow, I wish I could be part of this"--come on over to Trinity Lutheran Church at the corner of Pines Blvd and 72nd Ave, near the South Campus of Broward College in Pembroke Pines, FL. We'll be working all morning and into the early afternoon.