ICARE Justice Ministry at Christ Episcopal Church is thriving as we seek to “do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God” (Micah 6:8). We have established six different teams of over forty justice ministry network members. During 2020-21, these parishioners will be involved in researching critical community issues to come up with actionable solutions. They will also be organizing our justice network so that Christ Episcopal has well over one-hundred people attending the Nehemiah Action on April 19, 2021. More info to come!
Most recently, 41 members of Christ Episcopal were part of 305 people from thirty-eight local congregations, who attended the ICARE Community Problems Assembly (CPA) on Zoom. In attendance were Sheriff Mike Williams and State Attorney Melissa Nelson. School Superintendent Greene provided a pre-recorded statement since she had a School Board meeting that evening.
State Attorney Nelson agreed to work with us to stop unnecessary adult arrests. Sheriff Williams agreed to strengthen Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) in the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Dr. Greene reported that Duval County schools are moving ahead with restorative practices. Based on our community-wide listening process and congregational caucusing, the ICARE members at the CPA voted to work on Crime, Drugs and Enforcement as our new problem area this year.
To learn more about our vision for Justice at ICARE and Christ Episcopal, please view the video. It helps to connect biblical faith to social action for the good of all God’s people. As always, please contact me if you have questions or a desire to be involved in our justice ministry at Christ Episcopal Church.
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