Tonight we had the second meeting of Chalice Christian Justice Ministries. We developed five criteria for evaluating issues that we may venture into. We want to address an issue that Chalice is not currently addressing. It should be an issue about which we have a passion. Although there can be an outreach/charity component of the issue, it should be primarily about justice rather than charity. It should be an issue about which we can have a deep understanding of why we are speaking to the issue and how it connects to the gospel. Finally, it should be something on which we can have an impact; something we can have measurable success.
Below is my representation of the various issues we are considering and the categories we put those issues into. Another major theme of the evening was the recognition that participation in this process will change us. That such adventures are not just about helping some other. We talked about the deep connection to spirituality that we can find in working for justice in any of these areas.
NOTE: You can click on the image if you can't read the diagram.