“But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love” (Micah 6:8 The Message). Here are a few ways we are supporting our churches as they seek to live like Jesus in His mercy and humility.
God calls us to reconcile with our brothers and sisters, and neighbours, and to start this lifelong journey by asking forgiveness for what was done on our behalf and in the past by governments and churches. Through colonial expansion, treaties, racism, ignorance and government policy, the First Nations of Canada were forced off their traditional lands and onto reserves, usually located in remote locations with few economic opportunities. We can begin to break the destructive cycles that have kept aboriginal and non-aboriginal people apart.
The book of Genesis reminds us that this world God created for us is good.
As God’s stewards, we have the privilege and responsibility of caring for this earthly home. Environmental issues seem so big and beyond personal control, but like the mustard seed that starts out small and grows into a large plant, Christians can make a difference that will preserve the beautiful world God has given us.
One way we are growing together in environmental awareness is the Good Soil campaign, working to provide grassroots education on the connection between food security and creation care.
Homelessness and Affordable Housing
Many vulnerable people live on the street and many more have no permanent home but stay with friends or family temporarily before moving on to the next place of refuge. Recently, more people are at risk of homelessness because the high cost of housing makes them spend too much of their monthly income on housing.
Causes of homelessness include the shortage of affordable housing, inability of incomes to keep up with housing costs, poverty, personal crisis, mental health disorders and addictions. Many who are homeless have jobs but simply cannot find an affordable place to live.
Homelessness is a complex issue and a difficult one to solve. As Christians, God calls us to care for those who are underhoused. The following resources might help get you started.