October 7, 2012

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

(Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 22)

Enfolding Love

Neighbors in Need Special Mission Offering

World Communion Sunday

NEIGHBORS IN NEED: FINDING A VOICE FOR ECONOMIC JUSTICE

In 2010, Just Economics in Ashville, North Carolina, was awarded a Neighbors in Need grant for their Economic Justice program entitled "Voices." "Voices" is an eight-week leadership training program designed to help low-income people become advocates for themselves and others.

Executive Director, Vicki Meath, points to this story of a student advocate named Bea to show why JE works tirelessly to end economic injustice: "Bea moved to Asheville with a very young son to escape a dangerous domestic violence situation. Bea often felt very alone and vulnerable; sometimes they stayed at the Salvation Army, other times they slept in a doorway or under a bridge. Eventually Bea moved into a public housing development.

ÔShe joined a Voices class in 2010. Bea learned about community organizing and the slow road toward creating systematic change, but she felt like if she was not part of working for change, she did not have a right to complain about what was wrong. Soon, Bea found herself addressing Asheville City Council members when they discussed living wages for City contractors. She spoke eloquently during the public comment period about extending the living wage requirement to workers on City contracts. That night, the City Council approved the measure! Bea continues to find her voice."

Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the US. One-third of NIN dollars support the Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM). The UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects uses two-thirds of the offering. Please help people like Bea find their voices with your generous gift to NIN.

Complementary Semicontinuous
Genesis 2:18-24 Job 1:1; 2:1-10
Psalm 8 Psalm 26
Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12 Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
Mark 10:2-16 Mark 10:2-16

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