Faith in Action

“This is what the Lord requires from you: to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6:8

Our mission: to increase awareness of justice issues impacting our brothers and sisters in our local community, Chicago and the state; and to provide opportunities for Southminster members and friends to participate in actions that influence public policy toward a more just world.

Highlight of 2015: Southminster received the “City on the Hill” Award from the Community Renewal Society (CRS) at its annual membership meeting in early October. This award is given to a member church that has made outstanding contributions to CRS’s policy and organizing work over the last year.

Southminster’s justice work includes the following:

  • Participating in CRS’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Faith in Action Assembly in January
  • Attending Cook County budget hearings to request more funding for restorative justice
  • Lobbying legislators at the CRS Day of Faith in Springfield in April
  • Working with local Arlington Heights churches to bring awareness of justice issues to the community
  • Hosting adult education sessions and guest preachers to educate and engage the congregation in justice issues series
  • Working on policing reforms, including the establishment of an independent police auditor office for the Chicago Police Department
  • Advocating for a fair budget in Illinois
  • Working with the Illinois state’s attorney and Cook County Board president on violence prevention and criminal justice reform
  • Working to pass legislation that removes barriers to employment for people with records
  • Meeting with Illinois State Representatives Tom Morrison, David Harris and Elaine Nekritz, and Illinois State Senator Matt Murphy to secure support on CRS justice issues

If you have a passion for justice, we invite you to join our Justice Ministry Team. For more information, contact Linda Waycie, lwaycie@wowway.com, or Cindy Greenwood, cngrnwood@gmail.com

“Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people.” – Isaiah 10:1-2