Mercy and Justice are central and recurring themes throughout the Scriptures:
I have chosen [Abraham], that he may charge his children and his household after him
to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice; so that the LORD may bring about for Abraham what he has promised him. (Genesis 18:19)
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)
Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ (Hosea 6:6, and Jesus in Matthew 9:13)
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your
spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the
law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the
former. (Jesus in Matthew 23:23)
There is a need for Mercy and Justice in our own community
Our community’s needs are great. Homelessness is a rising phenomenon throughout the United
States and here in Madison. Many Madisonians lack consistent access to the basic needs of food,
clothing and shelter, not to mention health care. Poverty is not on the decline in our country or our
city. Gentrification and out-of-town investments continue to put pressure on Madison’s poor.
Justice is not equitably administered. Our school system is failing a large percentage of our children. Racism has not only penetrated, but in fact has shaped the majority of our social institutions, and it not only persists, but may actually be on the rise. Many of us are insulated from this real human suffering in our community, but it is there every day. Our church is called to respond actively.
Geneva’s Mercy and Justice Team has the following mandate:
To promote and further the mission of Geneva Campus Church, the Mercy and Justice Team
will seek to:
Educate the congregation of Geneva Campus Church about local, national, and global
matters of mercy and justice
Actively engage Geneva’s members in mercy and justice efforts
Deploy our congregation’s material, financial, and human resources in meeting the needs of
Oversee and manage Geneva’s benevolence efforts
Identify local needs as well as efforts to meet those needs
Join, create, and publicize mercy and justice initiatives as appropriate
Celebrate the mercy and justice work that individuals and organizations are doing
Practice and promote faithful prayer for those in need
We invite interested Genevans to contact Pastor Mike (firstname.lastname@example.org).