by Rosemary Sova
A few years ago I had a life-threatening medical crisis. Afterward, I was healed in body, but sick in spirit. I had previously put my life as a lawyer behind me in disillusionment. Although I had never forgotten my cradle faith in God, I wondered whether God had forgotten me. Now I was weak and lost, wondering why I was even alive.
Soon after, with a church in Hollywood I helped organize two medical teams that went to Haiti, bringing life-saving care after the earthquake. I was the 24/7 ground control from LA. The power of that radical service to others eclipsed just about everything I had done in my life. I became convinced I was alive because God had a mission for me. This led me to begin community organizing for social justice causes.
Along the way I discovered All Saints, Pasadena. When I heard the narratives of inclusive love here, I knew I had found my spiritual home. One Sunday I met Rev. Francisco Garcia, then Director of Peace and Justice. He drew out my story and invited me to step into an active role at All Saints. The “Active Hope” discussion series in 2014 led to participation in marches for workers’ justice, immigrants’ rights, Black Lives Matter, and then to the leadership group that wrote an Economic Justice Resolution which was adopted by the Vestry in 2015 and is now part of the All Saints DNA.
I am blessed to have found a place where I get to do important work with faithful people who have their own inspiring stories. I’m again seeking justice, not in courtrooms but in movements. Together we can take action that speaks truth to power and stands in solidarity with the marginalized.
Our mission is to reach out to others as Martin Luther King Jr. described in 1967: “One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life’s highway.”
In community organizing, we learn that no one can do everything, but everyone can do something. Your ‘something’ is unique and important. I invite you to join in the work of transforming today’s Jericho Road, bringing justice and dignity to what Jesus called ‘the least of these’, and responding ‘yes!’ to Micah’s prophetic call that we do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.
Email us EJNWG@allsaints-pas.org
This week our Featured Ministry is the Economic Justice Nonviolence Working Group (EJNWG) that was formed in recognition that economic disparities and injustices are a root source of our social ills.