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One day a man was walking along the beach, when he noticed a boy hurriedly picking up and gently throwing things into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, “Young man, what are you doing?” The boy replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.” The man laughed to himself and said, “Don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make any difference!”

After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it into the surf. 

Then, smiling at the man, he said,

“I made a difference to that one.”

The little boy is the perfect example of compassion and charity to those that are in dire need of help. That is noble and needed. GSL has a robust outreach ministry supporting people in need through our food pantry, More Than A Meal, grants plus many other efforts. 

What if there were something to be done so that most or all of the starfish could be saved? That is exactly what Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope (MICAH) is working to do for our Memphis community. Joining MICAH gives us at GSL an opportunity to expand our ministry and join with 60 community and faith-based organizations to work to affect change that will create equity and opportunity for those that aren’t able to overcome the barriers and deficits that systemic inequity has created here in Memphis. 

As a newer member to MICAH we are in the “start up” phase. Our GSL MICAH Core Group is attending the Monthly Issues Night to learn more about MICAH’s three pillars: Economic Equity, Education Equity, and Race and Class Equity in the Justice System and the initiatives that are being taken in these areas. We also are participating in “One on Ones” to learn about each other and what our interests and passions are for this ministry. We would like to expand to include more of our GSL community and invite you to join us as we learn where we want to plug in as a community.

To learn more about MICAH, visit gracestlukes.org/social-justice.   Additional information can be found on the MICAH website at micahmemphis.org. Please join us at the 3rd Annual MICAH Public Meeting Getting Into Good Trouble -Holding decision makers accountable for a more just and equitable Memphis on October 25 at 4 p.m. Stay tuned for more details. 

For more information about our Micah Core Group, contact Barb Frazer, Becky Mercer, Paula Barnes, or the Rev. Laura Gettys, our priest liaison, via Realm (gracestlukes.org/realm).

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