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RSS By: Bishop Robert Alan Rimbo

The Rev. Dr. Robert Rimbo shares regular thoughts and reflections about our life together.

Be the Change

Jun 24, 2016

Printed with the liturgy for the Prayer Service for in the wake of the Orlando shooting, here are resources for you to become a catalyst for change. 

 

Be the change you wish to see in the world.

We are a publicly engaged church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work. We do God’s work in the world, the work of restoring and reconciling communities. We pursue justice and seek peace no matter how long the journey or wide the chasm. Because we are grounded in God’s love and forgiveness, we are well equipped to live and serve here and now, in the world, with all its complexities, tensions and ambiguities.

  • Lament. Our churches seek to create safe space for naming, praying, grieving, caring for one another, and sharing the hope in God’s promise of faithfulness. There is a place for you here.
  • Learn. ELCA social statements and messages are teaching and policy documents that provide broad frameworks to assist us in thinking about and discussing social issues in the context of faith and life. They are meant to help communities and individuals with moral formation, deliberation and thoughtful engagement with current social issues as we participate in God’s work in the world. Learn more at bit.ly/faithandsociety
  • Take Action. Lutherans understand that governments are a means through which God can work to preserve creation and build a more peaceful and just society. As a public church, we have a responsibility to address issues that affect our neighbors in communities throughout the world. Through advocacy efforts, ELCA members and other Christians can work through governmental channels on behalf of biblical values. Find more at elca.org/advocacy
  • Write. Writing a letter is an effective way to communicate with your elected official. Capitol Hill offices employ staffers whose responsibility is to read and respond to constituent mail, and many of these offices start issue files after receiving merely seven letters on a topic. Find tips and samples for writting to your representative at bit.ly/writetoyourrepresentatives
  • Be Social. Tweet your political leaders. Look for calls to action. Share opportunities to lift our collaborative voices and be a catalyst for change. 

We are drawn into every corner of life, society and its institutions to bring the good news of Jesus Christ and to work for lasting, positive change that upholds human dignity.

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