Seekers Church is committed to promoting peace and justice in the world around us. From time to time, we join with other groups to promote these ideals. Here is a partial list of the actions that we have taken in the recent past:
In August 2018, Seekers Church joined with organizations working in Nicaragua in a petition to the Member States of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations:
“to urgently convene an extraordinary session of the Human Rights Council to discuss the crisis in Nicaragua, a session that will help find solutions to the Nicaraguan crisis and to restore the rule of law, the rule of law and international obligations acquired by the State.” For the full statement accompanying the request, click here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZRfX8AI7tmNGcMl-grCYsNVp7v34MlA8fa39dV6mynU/edit
In addition, on August 24, 2018, the Eyes to See, Ears to Hear Peace Prayer Mission Group and Carroll Cafe, a mission of Seekers Church, co-sponsored a benefit concert in cooperation with Alianza Democrática Nicaraguense and Impact Silver Spring to support Nicaraguans in the country and continue solidarity actions in the U.S. For more information on the concert, click here
In late 2017, Seekers Church endorsed the Boston Declaration, a prophetic appeal to Christians of the United States. It was initially signed by 300 theologians and religious leaders who were in attendance at the 2017 meeting of the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature, and has subsequently been signed by over 1000 more throughout the US. The Declaration begins:
As followers of Jesus, the Jewish prophet for justice whose life reminds us to, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31) we hear the cries of women and men speaking out about sexual abuse at the hands of leaders in power and we are outraged. We are outraged by the current trends in Evangelicalism and other expressions of Christianity driven by white supremacy, often enacted through white privilege and the normalizing of oppression. Confessing racism as the United States’ original and ongoing sin, we commit ourselves to following Jesus on the road of costly discipleship to seek shalom justice for the least, the lost, and the left out. We declare that following Jesus today means fighting poverty, economic exploitation, racism, sexism, and all forms of oppression from the deepest wells of our faith.
In early 2017, Seekers Church joined with about 60 other congregations in the District, Maryland, Virginia (DMV) region in pledging to support immigrants:
We are a network of congregations in the DC/MD/VA region that are providing support and sanctuary to our neighbors, friends, and family who fear being detained and deported, or profiled because of their religion, race or political beliefs. Our faith will not allow us to permit the criminalization and scapegoating of immigrants and people of color. In the face of hate and discrimination we are committed to showing love, compassion and hospitality.
For more information on the activities of the Sanctuary DMV congregations, click here: http://sanctuarydmv.org/congregation-network/
In early 2017, Seekers joined with more than 100 religious bodies and non-profit organizations in a statement affirming the importance of the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program and supporting a particular approach for the District of Columbia:
The TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) program ensures that despite the economic hardships their parents face, our kids can have their most basic needs met no matter what. It’s not only the right thing to do, it also means our children go to school ready to learn and improves their chances of future success. Read more at https://www.tanfisalifeline.org/