Our Mission Statement derives from our Baptismal Covenant in which we pledge to “seek and serve Christ in all persons” and to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.”
The mission of the Prophetic Social Witness Ministry of St. John’s Cathedral is to proclaim our love of God by ministering in the name of Jesus Christ to the poor and to those who exist on the margins of our society through actively working to address the causes and effects of poverty, injustice and violence.
We invite, encourage and facilitate our parishioners to do social witness work by providing education about the work using articles in our Sunday bulletin, sermons, Christian education forums featuring resident clergy and guest speakers, and through community connections with groups doing justice work. We are working for justice so we might have peace.
OUR WORKS IN PROGRESS
BACKPACKS. In late August and early September 2016, through our Food Pantry, we distributed children’s backpacks filled with school supplies.
GUN VIOLENCE. Our Taskforce on Gun Violence began its work in June 2016 prepared our parishioner to participate in The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence. Our service music praised peace and our entire Tweeted during our 11am service. The Holy spirit seized us and our joy was boundless!
VOTER REGISTRATION. We are committed to Voter registration and getting out the vote in the November 2016 election. It’s our sacred duty to vote as we “strive for justice and peace”. We register the clients of our Food Pantry. We educate our parishioners about using the absentee ballot for their homebound or institution bound relatives.
OUR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
We’ve participated in these events and training to equip our parishioners and create our voice to improve our community.
Days of Dialogue on the Future of Policing. Social Witness members attended two dialogues focusing on the LGBTQ community and on youth in the foster care system.
Dialogue on Race Relations: Race & Gun Violence. The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles sent a team of three for training in how to facilitate and guide these discussions. We are committed to learning how to craft our response to killings of people of color.
Our continual and only response to the questions of commitment in our Baptismal Covenant is, “I will, with God’s help.”
You are cordially invited to join our work, to enrich our work, or to determine if we can work in partnership.