HOPE CHURCH CONSISTORY: STATEMENT ON SOCIAL ACTIVISM
Approved by the Consistory April 14, 2014

As Christians and part of the Reformed Church in America, we are called to work to affect the culture in which we live. We seek to participate in God’s restoration and healing of creation, and to work toward peace, justice, and reconciliation.

Hope Church encourages its members to be politically active as guided by the Spirit; it does not endorse particular political parties or candidates. To do so would compromise the church’s legal status as a non-profit organization, and, more importantly, it would promote the notion that there is a single path to justice. Members of our congregation will think for themselves and speak with their own voices, informed by the Biblical call to love God and our neighbors. At Hope Church, we expect differences and seek to be governed by humility, charity, and civility.

As an RCA church, Hope Church is served and governed by a Consistory. As a leadership body and among its other responsibilities, the Consistory is charged to address injustice and care for God’s world, always grounded in the Word of God. When such situations arise, Consistory will acknowledge the diversity among us and weigh carefully the impulse to speak, our desire for unity, and the effectiveness and impact of a statement.

As we live out this calling as a congregation, we seek to nurture a community that welcomes all and encourages all to express their faith with conviction and grace. To do this we:

  • Remember first that we are brothers and sisters in Christ, focused on Christ’s message
  • Hold up the ways in which we live together in differences; emphasize the places of agreement
  • Invite perspectives to be shared, with the expectation that we will not always agree
“FAITH IN ACTION” EMAIL NETWORK

You are invited to join our social activism email network! Several members of Hope Church expressed an interest in creating an opt-in email network dedicated to sharing social justice, community non-profit and political advocacy opportunities as they become available. We are calling this email network: “Faith in Action”. Some examples would be information regarding: “A Day Without Women” rally, Habitat for Humanity events, petitions to Congress on social policy, or a Center for Women in Transition need/fundraiser. The administrator for the group, Lori Van Doornik, a Hope Church member, will receive emails from individual members of this network detailing a particular opportunity and she will then pass the information on to the entire group.

Once you opt-in to the group, emails will be sent to you, but you will not see the other members in the group. The group administrator will receive content from members of the group, and will also add and delete emails as requested. You are welcome to share this idea beyond Hope Church and to submit emails to add to the list. We are now ready to invite anyone interested to become part of this network. Your name and email information will remain private.

If you would like your email address added, please send your information (name and email) to Lori Van Doornik at Lori.b.dykstra@gmail.com.