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Joint Religious Legislative Coalition Conference 2014


But let justice roll down like flowing waters, and righteousness

like an ever-flowing stream. Amos 5:24




Life Question: What does social justice mean to you?




On March 13th, my former Rev. Wayne Walther, District Lay Leader

Jane Stone and myself attend Joint Religious Legislative Coalition's

'Day On The Hill' Our group District 21 was accompanied by four other

college students, three from Bethel College and one from the

University of Minnesota.

Rabbi David Saperstein of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

in Washington, D.C. was our keynote speaker. He encouraged us to do God's

work, be partners in justice and peace and to "to treat the stranger as

yourself." THIS IS IMPORTANT WORK! The number of homeless continues to

grow, children continue to go hungry and religious persecution still continues

all over the world in restricted and hostile nations. You ask, "What can we say?"

Get fed up, get fired up and say "NO MORE!" NO MORE HOMELESSNESS! NO

MORE HUNGRY CHILDREN, NO MORE HUMAN TRAFFICKING! NO MORE

RELIGIOUSPERSECUTION! NO MORE SLAVERY! "NO MORE!!" Our hands are the

hands of God when we feed the hungry, our mouths are the mouth of God

when we speak against injustice and persecution in whatever forms they present

themselves and our feet are the feet of God whenever we step forward in courage

to help those who cannot help themselves. We need only to look above and say,

"Here I am Lord! Tell me what to do!" That's the only answer.

Our legislative issue briefing topics were: homes for all, payday lending, impartial

judiciary, child care and minimum wage. We discussed a couple of these topics

with our Senator Matt Schmit and Representative Tim Kelly and left briefings

with each of them.

We had a productive day and were thankful to our legislators for spending time

with us.



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