Social Justice at GSL

As Memphis and the nation continues navigating a period of social unrest, we believe, now more than ever, as a community of Christians we need to address how we are to live into our Baptismal Covenant of loving God and our neighbors. As we are social distancing as best we can, the difficult questions beg for face to face meetings where we can explore how God is calling us together to meet the challenges of structural racism, economic injustice, violence, and the many other needs of Memphis. However, we do not have the luxury of gathering together easily. 

Since the Social Justice Committee went live on June 19, Juneteenth, we have been soul searching for the focus of our work, and how we can best involve all who want to join us on this journey toward a more just Memphis. Thus far, we have begun a website portal that will host books, articles, podcasts, movies and documentaries on current issues facing our society. The Vestry voted unanimously to join MICAH, Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope, and we welcomed the Reverend Laura Gettys to Grace St. Luke’s who will be our clergy advisor for Social Justice and Outreach. Exciting things are ahead.

We welcome you to join our conversation and become a part of Social Justice at GSL!

If you have questions or thoughts around Sunday formation ideas or ways we can be active in the community, we want to hear from you!

If you wonder about how our liturgy might reflect our work, we want to hear from you!

If you want to go more deeply in striving to become the Beloved Community, we want to hear from you!

We welcome your participation, ideas, resource suggestions, and prayers. Since we cannot gather as group yet, please feel free to contact (through Realm Connect): 

Co-Chair Leaders —

  • Paula Barnes
  • Jennie VanDeveer

Resource Librarian —

  • Nicki Soule

Clergy Liason —

  • The Reverend Laura F. Gettys, lgettys [at] gracestlukes [dot] org or 901-252-6329