To empower faith communities, ministries, and individuals to live into their baptismal covenant to seek and serve Christ in every person and to respect the dignity of every human being. Through advocacy, social ministry, and the pursuit of restorative justice, we create a more equitable and just society. In the practice of hope in the midst of brokenness, oppression, and sin we seek the coming of God’s commonwealth on earth as it is in heaven.
Our Core Values
Dignity: defined as the “quality or state of being worthy, honored or esteemed,” dignity is the result of our belief in the incarnation: the divinity of human experience. If all people are viewed as being worthy of honor or esteem, our relationships and social structures will reflect God’s commonwealth.
Equity: the idea that all people are worthy of what they need to live a full and fulfilling life. It goes beyond equality and bestows on each what they need rather than the same for all.
Hope: often defined as confident expectation, hope allows us as people of faith to desire a world that reflects the commonwealth of God. Hope is not naiveté nor is it merely optimism; it is the expectation that, as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. expressed as he paraphrased Theodore Parker, the more arc of the universe is long and that it “bends toward justice.”
What We Do
We partner with faith communities, ministries, and individuals ready and willing to use their faith to address systemic issues in our society through community organizing, advocacy, and informed action.
Advocacy: the OASJ will work in concert with the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-Colorado (LAM-C) to determine policy priorities for the legislative session in addition to lobbying for those policies at the state capitol during the legislative session. Additionally, the OASJ will maintain an active presence at Together Colorado committee meetings to determine in what ways the Episcopal Church in Colorado can use its influence for the promotion of human dignity in the public sphere.
Diaconate: the OASJ work closely with the diaconate and diaconal formation process to include an advocacy year. This could include starting new ministries in the home parishes of the postulants and candidates but could also include formation with and through Jubilee Ministries and/or Together Colorado.
Jubilee Ministries: the OASJ will directly serve and promote Jubilee Ministries and maintain a support network with those ministries. This will include regional meetings and/or retreats at Cathedral Ridge, the Bishop’s Office, and/or other parochial locations. A primary survey will be taken in the fall of 2017 to determine the state of each Jubilee Ministry
Community Organizing: the OASJ, using the Together Colorado/PICO community-organizing model, will determine issues at the community, regional, and statewide level through conversation with parishioners and community members. The deacons and other local leaders who participate in Together Colorado’s community organizing trainings will be vital in this process. This work of community organizing will also allow us to supplement what Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-Colorado does in terms of advocacy and will also assist the OASJ in determining policy priorities for advocacy at the capitol.