Belong is a community of people who will not shy away from difficult discussions. We have committed to inviting God's Kingdom by building an intentionally diverse, justice-loving community. But what does that really mean, and what does that really look like? For Belong, it means that "social justice" is not just something we do once a month. It is a core value of who we are, and it is part of all that we do!
We recognize that "justice" work is smiling and acknowledging the person on the corner asking for spare change, and not pretending they don't exist. Justice work is engaging in our political system, learning and working to improve our society by political activism. Justice work is supporting with financial giving, with time, and with talent community organizations that focus on those our community often overlooks. Justice work is these things and much more-because justice is recognizing our own social location and relative privilege.
At Belong we want to engage in this kind of work and in these kinds of conversations.
Belong as a Sanctuary
Belong has begun the process of considering joining the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition. Providing and supporting Sanctuary is a way to proclaim and protect the dignity and worth of every person, regardless of their legal status in our country. We, as a community, have been educating ourselves about immigration policy and learning the ways in which such policies change over decades and painfully tear apart real lives and real families. We have heard from Sarah Jackson and her organization, Casa de Paz, which is a hospitality home for families affected by immigrant detention. We strive to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God, who came into this world, fleeing to Egypt, and who often encounters us as a stranger. Let us not ask, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you?" Because we know, what we do for "the lease of these" we do for the Lord. Matthew 25:37-40.
If you are interested in joining the Sanctuary Planning Team, please email Jes Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org) and indicate if you are intersted in education and advocay; logistics; or volunteer coordiantion.
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