Dear Sisters and Brothers –
I want to invite you to join me in Washington D.C. on Saturday, June 23. After 40 days of direct action in our respective states, we will gather to hold the nation accountable. We will sing. We will pray. We will show where we stand – with those impacted by poverty and systemic injustices. From 10 am and into the afternoon, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will be on the National Mall to demand solutions to the issues that compound poverty – economic injustices, ecological devastation, the impact on women and children, systemic racism and classism.
Disciples have a long history of fighting alongside those who have no voice, joining our voices to cry out for justice, and committing ourselves to transform the world according to the gospel of Jesus. Just as Jesus was on the side of the widows and those society ignored, this is a chance to make it clear whose side we are on. Our nation has enough resources to ensure that all have a living wage, that all have affordable, decent, housing, that we all have healthcare and education. There is ENOUGH! The earliest Christians came together and distributed all the resources they had, from each according to what they had, to each according to the need. They understood that together, they had ENOUGH for all. We are called to love, called to care. On June 23, let’s answer the call with a show of compassion in action.
You can sign up here to let organizers know if you will be joining the rally in Washington on June 23. We are gathering contact information so we can keep you up to date on the latest details about Disciples gathering before or after the rally.
I look forward to standing with you and Disciples across the country as we lift our collective voices, and bear witness with our Disciples Public Presence, standing alongside those impacted by poverty and injustice.
Terri Hord Owens
PS – Please share this widely with your networks. There are also worship resources and other materials posted here and the Disciples Public Presence group from the Upper Midwest has an advocacy group app you may want to sign up for if you have not already. This message is also available at this link for easier sharing via social media.
I will be with y you on June 23, but I’m prayer and spirit. only.
I am in whole hearted agreement with your message. I wish I could have been there. I have been praying for the “Poor Peoples’ Campaign”. Thank you for your leadership. Thank you for nudging us to do what we already know we are called to do. We sometimes need a prod. I am grateful you are willing to take on the tough issues.