1. Introduction

President Gay Jennings asked the House of Deputies Committee on the State of the Church to examine ways in which our dioceses and congregations are involved in justice issues. Our focus is on General Convention resolutions that have spurred action at diocesan and local levels. The committee defines justice as: contesting against structures that produce structural inequities and barriers as we advocate for structures and systems that increase equity and access. We hope to learn about local responses to resolutions that addressed such issues as economic justice, labor relations, fair wages, racism, poverty alleviation, food security, hunger, faith-based organizing, and asset-based community development. We are asking about all
areas of community assistance. However, although we recognize that food pantries and feeding programs
constitute faithful and essential responses to the Gospel, they are not the transformational, justice-focused
programs we are attempting to identify.

This survey is for a representative of the Diocese to fill out the diocesan-wide numbers. We have a second survey for congregations/organizations to answer specific questions about their programs. We ask that you please forward the second survey link to congregations in your diocese for them to answer online. That link is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/socialjustice-congregations. If you are a representative of a congregation or other organization that has come to this Diocesan survey in error, please use the link above to get to the survey for congregations/organizations.

We hope to have all the responses by August 18th, 2017, so that we can include your diocese in our report to the 79th General Convention on the work of justice and advocacy in and by our church. We hope to receive from each diocese both stories of transformative programs and partnerships, and data about how many programs of what types exist in your diocese.

With thanks and blessings,

The House of Deputies Committee on the State of the Church