1. Introduction

President Gay Jennings asked the House of Deputies Committee on the State of the Church to examine ways in which our 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 congregations working on social issues.  If you are a diocesan representative who has reached this survey in error, you can find the survey for dioceses at:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/socialjustice-dioceses.

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

With thanks and blessings,

The House of Deputies Committee on the State of the Church

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