“He has told you, O mortal, what is good,
and 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, NRSVUE)
With the unique convergence of various strands in the life of our congregation, we have an opportunity to weave our values more tightly into the fabric of our shared Central Union Church identity as we choose to Step Up and Step Out. In addition to the values of Discovery/Kaunānā and Transformation/Loli‘ana which we reflected on last week, our congregation holds to the values of Faithfulness/Mana‘o‘i‘o and Justice/Kaulike. The expression of these values is seen in their relationship to each other. We gather together in the commonality of our understanding of faith and in our faithfulness to Christ. The evidence of this faith is, in the words of the prophet Micah, to do justice, as we love mercy and walk humbly with God.
We must be faithful—steadfast, committed—to the work of justice (distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within our society) if we are to see a just world for all. The United Church of Christ’s mission is: “United in Spirit and inspired by God’s grace, we welcome all, love all, and seek justice for all.” Central Union Church’s mission is: “We Engage and Embrace ALL as we seek to Embody Christ.” If we are true to our mission, justice should be a result.
Look around you. Where do you see a need for justice in our communities? “Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.” —Cornel West
What would justice look like on our island?
Click to learn about some of the Faithful Action Ministries of the United Church of Christ and the ways our wider church is working for justice.
How can we, Central Union Church, increase our work for justice in our community?
God, grant us vision to imagine a just world where all your people are loved and cared for. Increase our faithfulness so we may work together to create that world.
Throughout the month of May, we reflect on how our shared values call us to Step Up and Step Out.