The Vineyard Church of Hyde Park is devoted to others in the world. As an aspect of this devotion, we are committed to seeking justice for the poor and the oppressed, including victims of human trafficking, by showing God’s love and mercy to those rescued from this modern-day slavery. Additionally, two of the core values of the Vineyard USA movement are to be a (1) Reconciling Community, and a (2) Compassionate Ministry. The Justice Ministry seeks to fulfill these values by serving the hurt, broken, enslaved, and poor as though serving Jesus Himself. The Justice Ministry serves to equip reconcilers in face of injustice by acting justly and humbly, showing mercy, just like what Jesus did to His people.
The specific focus on Racial Justice and Reconciliation is new, for the Justice Ministry, but it has certainly been an important focus of the Hyde Park Vineyard Church for quite some time! The Racial Reconciliation team hopes to be a group that (1) leads by example, (2) lovingly confronts racially unjust systems and those that wittingly or unwittingly wish to maintain them, and (3) supports and shepherds those in our congregation and throughout our circles of influence who are fighting through ignorance and/or unforgiveness.
The team is starring to work on projects that they hope will utilize their different skills and perspectives to do God's work in this area! There is always room for new ideas, new perspectives, and new passions.
Contact Elisa Pleasant for more information.
The goal of Anti-Human Trafficking ministry is to come alongside of organizations that are already involved with one or more areas of this cause and support them as a congregation. Vineyard church members volunteer at different events hosted by these organizations in addition to catering to the needs of the survivors and also supporting the initiatives of these organizations.
Contact Raghu Velaga for more information.
Contact the Vineyard church office if you would like to be part of the team.
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Micah 6:8 NIV