God’s Plan for Justice: The Jubilee
April 9, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join us April 9th at Bear Creek United Methodist Church as we go down deeper into understanding the roots of today’s economic crisis, the hope of building a better future, and the spirituality of God’s Jubilee that motivates our concerns.
We’ll begin the day exploring God’s plan for economic justice, the Jubilee. God’s intention is for the nations to live in debt-free economies that place limits on wealth, and safety nets of redistribution for those who experience poverty. The Jubilee is legislated in the Torah, continually reinforced by the Prophets, at the center of Jesus’ Gospel, a primary reason for his execution, and basically compromised throughout church history. Is it possible to faithfully enact God’s desire today?
We will follow this spiritual introduction with a participatory workshop led by Mark McDermott (see below). The goal of this opportunity is to move beyond talk, and most certainly cynical apathy, into action.
What can I do …
What can we do …
What can the local congregation do …
to enact justice, to demonstrate merciful compassion, and to walk humbly with our God?
Cost: Everyone welcome! A free-will offering for expenses will be accepted.
Facilitator: Mark McDermott
Mark McDermott is a nationally recognized economic justice and labor educator who has given over 225 speeches and workshops in 17 states across the country in the past 4 years. A lifelong political activist, Mark once served as the board chair of the Washington Association of Churches. He also served over 25 years as a senior executive and policy advisor in state, local and federal government working as Assistant Secretary of Labor and Chief Deputy Insurance Commissioner for the State of Washington and Regional Representative for the U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. Mark officially retired in 2010 and has dedicated much of his energy to helping build the movements we need to move our country toward greater economic, racial and social justice and a sustainable future. He lives in Seattle with his wonderful wife Diane and tries to spend two mornings a week with his 4 year old grandson Walter.
Focus: Making the American Dream Real for Everyone” is an interactive economic justice workshop that educates, inspires and stirs people to take action to reclaim a more just and secure economic future for all. It builds from the economic difficulties experienced by workshop participants and those close to them. Anchored in a long historical perspective, the workshop explores our many struggles to ensure that economic prosperity is shared fairly rather than being concentrated among the wealthy.
Using a combination of personal stories, history and political and economic analysis, the workshop identifies the root causes of the historic shifts from growing economic injustice toward greater justice and back toward greater injustice today. The primary goal of the workshop is to bring individual and collective hope based on our own history and to encourage participants to deepen their commitments to organize for systemic changes that will lead to more economically and socially just and secure nation for all.