Blog Action Day 08 – Poverty

Today is Blog Action Day (thanks nick).

Today thousands of bloggers will unite to discuss a single issue – poverty. We aim to raise awareness, initiate action and to shake the web!

I wanted to let people know of two Vancouver groups fighting poverty.

Shalom Seekers:

Shalom Seekers is an associate Ministry of City In Focus formed in 2004 to network, train, and resource Metro Vancouver’s Christian Community to be fully engaged in seeking “the welfare of the city” where God has placed us (Jeremiah 29). We labour toward the day that Metro Vancouver lives up to its reputation as “the most livable city in the world” for all who call it home, especially our most vulnerable neighbours.

Shalom Seekers are putting on a great event this weekend coming up. Check it out here.

Streams of Justice:

Streams of Justice – the name is drawn from the biblical prophetic text of Amos 5:24 “Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream.” The stream envisioned in this passage is one that doesn’t dry up in the hot summer months, but flows constantly throughout the year. As such it nourishes and sustains the life of the community and its members. So too social justice is something that must be constantly practiced if communal life is to be nourished and sustained. The biblical notion of justice is centrally concerned with the protection, support and care of the most vulnerable members of the society, those who are particularly exposed to abuse, violence and exploitation, and susceptible to deprivation of basic resources. Consequently, it is not limited to fairness in legal and judicial matters, but entails equitable access to resources, sufficient economic means for meaningful social participation, valued input into collective decision-making, ensured personal dignity and mutual respect, and non-exclusionary community practises.

Who we are:

Streams of Justice is a christian social justice movement that has as its fundamental concern the realization of human communities marked by liberating justice and life-giving love. The good news announced and embodied by Jesus is an invitation to participate in the liberating movement of God, and we believe that such participation entails the relentless struggle for social justice, the unwavering affirmation of human dignity, and the joyful stance of compassionate solidarity.

What we are on about:

Rooted in the biblical prophetic tradition and the life and teaching of Jesus, Streams of Justice actively pursues a more just, equitable, inclusive, and compassionate society through 1) analysis, action and reflection that expose and challenge unjust social structures, and 2) creative initiatives that open up space for imagining and embodying alternative possibilities of human solidarity and communal life.

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