On March 13, 2016, we had the first of a series of Bible Studies Reflecting on Economic Justice. The Bible Study was held after church in the Fellowship Hall and was led by the Economic Justice Taskforce. The Bible Study was based on scripture in Isaiah 58 and 1 Corinthians 11: 17-34.
In the beginning of the bible study we learned about the local, U.S., and global context of economic inequality. Today, the world economy continues to change dramatically, as poverty increases and wealth is consolidated among the few.
Isaiah 58 challenged us to think about fasting as not just having the appearance of sacrifice but choosing a fast motivated by justice and living our faith in action.
1 Corinthians 11:17-34 was a letter by Paul to the Corinthians critiquing the divisions in the community and encouraging us to invite others to the table. It is our responsibility as people of faith to create a welcoming and inclusive church where there’s room for everyone at the table.
Whether you were a part of the first Bible Study or not, we invite you to participate in our upcoming Bible Studies and take a deeper look at Economic Justice. These studies will help us learn more about economic inequality and in doing so, explore and discover our role as people of faith in loving justice and serving the most marginalized members of our community.
If you are interested in joining the Cal-Pac JCEMT Economic Justice Taskforce, contact:
Janelle R. Viray
Chair, Cal-Pac JCEMT Economic Justice Taskforce