“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
“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