Advocacy and Atonement: The social ministry of Atonement Congregation is a strong and consistently growing emphasis. The response to individual needs, the partnership with church and non-profit agencies, and the sharing of facilities is well-known. Charitable contributions are a generous part of our Atonement life. A $1,000 contribution to Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) was just made in July.
A companion and partner of social ministry is social justice and advocacy. Both are needed to achieve the common good. The new areas connected with the COVID-19 pandemic and with societal racism and unrest bring social justice into even greater focus. These months of 2020 have brought urgency to this consideration and are presenting opportunity for an emphasis in our Congregation.
Our ALC Social Ministry Team is drawing upon Lutheran Advocacy Ministry—both National and Colorado—to chart our learning and growing at Atonement: “As members of the ELCA, we believe that we are freed in Christ to love and serve our neighbor. God uses our hands, through our direct service work and our voices, through our advocacy effort, to restore and reconcile our world.”
If you would like to be part of the team that determines how we at Atonement can best promote racial justice and live our Christian life through advocacy, please contact Carol Winston, Carol Hewitt, Kim Dion, or Bob Stuenkel.