The Ecological and Social Justice Action Group (ESJAG) at the Cathedral is committed to working for social justice in our local community and in the wider world. Our understanding of social justice proceeds from our vision of the Kingdom of God as a world where everyone is valued as a sacred child of God. You can read the Cathedral’s statement on social justice here.
Our understanding of social justice proceeds from our vision of the Kingdom of God as a world where everyone is valued as a sacred child of God.
God requires justice and calls us to participate in bringing all people into right relationships with each other and with nature.
Many of the structures of our world are unjust, creating inequalities, with the result that many people are oppressed, and subject to violence, lack basic necessities, and have little power over their own lives. Overcoming injustice means more than outreach to those in need: it means addressing root causes in order to transform the unjust structures of the world.
To do so, we must listen to the oppressed and support their own struggles for justice. Seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit through prayer, our reading of Scripture, and participation in the body of Christ, we act through analysis, education, protest, and advocacy, finding strength in our collective worship and faith.
We acknowledge our own implication in unjust structures and that our motives may be mixed. Therefore we take action in humility, in solidarity and respect for those working from a non-Christian perspective, and we recognize that those in positions of power are also children of God.
We commit ourselves to working for social justice in our local community and in the wider world, believing that we are all bound up in each other’s fate, and that only in a transformed and just world will we be fully alive and fully able to enjoy God’s love.
Everyone is welcome to the ESJAG meetings. Please contact us below for more information.We hope you will join us!
Update on Ecological And Social Justice at Christ Church Cathedral
Attending COP-15 was an overwhelming experience; with people from all over the world, extensive security and bureaucracy, electronic billboards and screens flashing information, mandatory daily covid tests. And yet, it was all so organized and smooth, with information kept up-to-date with monitors that showed vital information about meeting times and room numbers and last minute […]
Our Plastic Problem – written by Gabrielle Boyd, illustrated by Chris Emeleus and read by Edward Yankie (click the link above to go to YouTube and see the video) We have created this video to increase awareness of the plastic pollution in the oceans and the affect this is having on marine wildlife. The concepts […]
The movement to create a Guaranteed Basic Income for all Canadians draws together all the concerns in which we have been involved as a parish. Research shows that this initiative would have a direct and very significant impact on the lives of the homeless, and for indigenous peoples, and those recently released from prison, and […]