SOCIAL JUSTICE MINISTRY
As followers of Christ, we promised in our Baptismal Covenant to strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being. We are mandated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to care for the poor and the disadvantaged. The Gospel of Matthew describes how we might best serve our Lord Jesus Christ in the 25th chapter:
“…for I was hungry, and you gave me food, I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked, and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” [Matthew 25: 35-40]
The Social Justice Ministry of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew will seek to address the inequities in our society by praying, mobilizing resources, and taking direct action through advocacy, and encouraging all churches in a Becoming Beloved Community. We will coordinate our efforts with the Racial Reconciliation and Prison Ministries, and our emphasis will be in the following areas:
1. Human Rights – Addressing Gender Inequality, Human Trafficking, Immigration, and advocating for a reform of the School to Prison pipelines.
2. Housing – Addressing Housing as a human right by advocating for affordable housing for poorer communities.
3. Hunger & Food Insecurity – Addressing food shortages and food deserts in poorer communities.
Contact: C. John Thompson-Quartey
Resources in the Fight Against Human Trafficking
Hidden in Plain Sight – Slavery in your Community– Watch Now
Organizations Fighting Human Trafficking
- Exodus Cry Exodus Cry’s goal is to break the cycle of commercial sexual exploitation and help those who have been sold for sex because every person should be free.
- Project Moses is the new Mission and Outreach Ministry of Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Dallas, Texas. This ministry has been formed to help combat human trafficking – Modern Day Slavery. Our mission is to highlight the truths of human trafficking and to share the Light of Christ with its survivors. The link includes a useful video.
- Shared Hope Shared Hope– International is dedicated to bringing an end to sex trafficking through our three-pronged approach – prevent, restore, and bring justice.
- Fight Slavery Now– We are concerned citizens bound in a common cause: educating ourselves and others about this scourge in our midst, and doing everything we can to eradicate it. Becoming informed is the first step you can take in learning how to help. We hope that this website will be a useful tool for you, and that you will join us in our mission.
- New Friends New Life– Restores and empowers formerly trafficked girls and sexually exploited women and children. By providing access to education, job training, interim financial assistance, mental health, and spiritual support, New Friends New Life helps women and children overcome backgrounds of abuse, addiction, poverty, and limited opportunities.
Human Trafficking Articles
- The Sexual Immorality of Pornography – In today’s society pornography seems to have gained a certain amount of legitimacy and respectability. It’s not unusual to hear someone (albeit jokingly) refer to their ‘porn stash’ or questionable online browsing history. Such comments give credence in an ‘industry’ (and it is an industry) that has a very dark underbelly.
- Human Trafficking as It Relates to Slavery – Most Americans turn a blind eye towards slavery believing it only existed in the past. Unfortunately, that is not the case.
- Facts, Figures, and Men’s Role in Human Trafficking– What’s the truth behind human trafficking, and how men specifically can work on eradicating it.
- Out of The Darkness – Ann Freestone BA, Creighton Magazine. Most people don’t think that slavery exists today in the United States, let alone in Nebraska. The sad truth is that human trafficking in the commercial sex industry — those sold involuntarily for sex — occurs every day across the country. Creighton researchers are determining how many victims are affected by this crime — and what can be done about it.
Information About Human Trafficking
- The Science Behind Pornography – Kevin Majeres MD.
Pornography is a catalyst that can lead to a demand for ‘commercial sex’, which in turn drives human trafficking.
- What Men Can Do (Pdf resource)
- What To Look For (Pdf resource)