Peace & Social Justice
Our congregation and individual members endorse and act on behalf of many social and peace concerns as part of our commitment to our Christian faith. We celebrate diversity, foster inclusiveness, and strive for equality as we are called to answer God’s call for justice and human dignity for all people throughout this global village.
We are active
on local, national, and international issues in recognition that our personal ministry calls for serving the poor and vulnerable and upholding our
values in the public forum on behalf of people whose voices aren’t readily
Among our many activities in recent years, Augustana and its members have:
- Co-sponsored and hosted the annual Interfaith Service for Peace every January.
- Seen member Barbara Cooke (far right) lifted up in the Oregonian and on the NBC News Making a Difference segment for the Give 60 campaign. On her 60th birthday, she gave 25 Augustana and workplace friends each $60 and challenged us to grow the money for a good cause. Over $23,000 was raised for social service organizations and schools in Portland and around the world.
- Witnessed member Norene Goplen (near right) honored by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon as Ecumenist of the Year.
- Celebrated with Augustana member and Lincoln High School student Christina Schmidt (at right), who personally raised $16,000 to build a school in a village in Cambodia. For this work she received the Mustard Seed of Faith Award from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California.
- Celebrated with Rebecca Kirk (NAYA student) when she received the Spirit of Portland Award in 2010.
- Continued to serve as a Sanctuary congregation for all people and offer headquarters space to the Oregon New Sanctuary Movement in our building. We believe that houses of worship are places of refuge and safety where we encounter God in awe and reverence, thanksgiving, and joy. For more information about the New Sanctuary Movement,click here to visit the national group's website.
ELCA Advocacy Network
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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is committed to justice for all people. Click here to visit its Justice: Our Faith in Action page.
If you want enrich your life and the lives of others by personally committing to peace and social justice for all, you can sign up to receive the ELCA's Action Alerts. The ELCA e-Advocacy Network empowers ELCA members to advocate for peace and justice for all peoples and the care of all creation.
As a member you will receive updates from the ELCA on a wide variety of issues, including hunger, poverty, and the environment. You will receive information so that you can call or email elected officials at the moments when your voice can make the most difference.
If you are interested in making your voice heard on these peace and social justice Issues, please sign up for the ELCA e-action network by clicking here. Thank you for taking action!