Through Justice Ministries, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) seeks to provide resources and opportunities that enable American Baptist congregations and individuals to address society’s inequities and to create opportunities for all people. God calls the faithful to seek justice for the oppressed and less fortunate. Micah mandates us to “do justice.” Likewise, justice and mercy are the way of Jesus Christ. In fact, Jesus says of his own calling and ministry in Luke 4:18-19:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
“Since the founding of ABHMS, Justice Ministries has been at the heart of who we are,” says Curtis Ramsey-Lucas, ABHMS’ managing director of Resource Development. “From Joanne P. Moore’s efforts to provide education for recently freed peoples during and after the Civil War and support for Native American treaty rights in the 19th century to support for interned Japanese-Americans during World War II and leadership of the eco-justice movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s, ABHMS has been about seeking justice and empowering others to do the same.”
You can keep up with Justice Ministries through the pages of The Christian Citizen, a free magazine sent three times a year to all American Baptist congregations and individuals who request it. Past issues have focused on such concerns as health care reform, housing and homelessness, poverty, and education reform. To access past issues or to request a free subscription, go to the Publications page.