Social Justice

Social Justice Vision, Priorities and Goals
AACRC Social Justice Team
August 25, 2021

Mission Statement
Our mission is to encourage, inform, educate, equip and mobilize members of the Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church to work for justice wherever God places us and calls us to follow him.

Our Commitment
We are committed to seeking God’s guidance through prayer and the leading of his Spirit as he speaks to us individually and collectively as well as through the words of Scripture, the wisdom and insights of our faith community, and the resources of the CRCNA’s Office of Social Justice and Race Relations (OSJRR).

Our Agenda
Our agenda will be guided principally by the five justice areas identified by the OSJRR — racial justice and reconciliation, creation care, criminal justice reform, hunger and poverty, and immigration reform.

Our Priorities
We believe that our country is at an inflection point regarding racial justice at this time. We believe that God is now calling us to lives of courageous love that involve stepping into the racial divide of our country with compassion and justice. Thus, racial justice and reconciliation will receive our priority attention. Additionally, we will pay particular attention to concerns of racial justice in the four other OSJRR’s concerns. We recognize that while criminal justice reform, hunger and poverty, immigration reform, and creation care disproportionately affect people of color, there are very important aspects of these four areas of concern which are different and distinct from concerns of racial justice which will also require our attention.

Our Goal
Our goal is for the AACRC to have an integrated church-wide engagement with justice issues that involves worship, education, small groups, outreach, and service, reaching all ministries and programs of the church across all age groups.

Our Methods and Means
We will work to advance our commitments, agenda, priorities and goals by (1) keeping justice issues visible to our members; (2) providing opportunities for education, discussion, advocacy and service; and (3) collaborating with other churches and community organizations in our efforts to seek justice for all.

Statement of Inclusion