Social Justice

Peace march in Los AngelesIt all comes down to what we do. Being people of faith means that we need to work for justice, speak truth to power, love our neighbor as we love ourselves and get our hands dirty doing the work of love.

Ongoing Concerns:

Peace & Justice Calendar: To view a list of events and opportunities to engage in service and social justice in our community and the wider world, click here: http://lavernecob.org/peace-justice-calendar/

Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests invites you to go online and sign the document Love’s Obedience, which states: In this time in history, our affirmation of God’s love for the world calls us to affirm the sacred goodness and equality of people of every sexual orientation and gender identity, and to seek for all people the same good life that any of us wish for ourselves, including the possibility of marriage. You can access this statement at: http://www.bmclgbt.org/LovesObedience.shtml

We support the Church of the Brethren Womaen’s Caucus by providing leadership and resources. Womaen’s Caucus is a network of feminist women and men who are emboldened by their awareness of the violence and pain related to the denial of gender inequality, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. They engage in the prophetic task of creating church which is free from attitudes and practices of injustice.   In the spelling of Caucus’ name, “a for one woman, e for all women”

Here is a link to Zandra Waggoner’s keynote speech at the Womaen’s Caucus Luncheon at Annual Conference 2014.
Uncommon Courage

We support the Cityof La Verne Summer Lunch Camp, which provides recreation and a free lunch throughout the summer months for the children who qualify for free school lunch during the academic year.

The La Verne Church of the Brethren is involved in the interfaith community in a variety of ways, including participating annually in the Interfaith Walk for Peace and Friendship (September) and the Interfaith Seder (March or April).

Each November a favorite holiday tradition returns to the La Verne Church of the Brethren.  The Alternative Gift Faire offers a rare opportunity to purchase unique and thoughtful gifts for family and friends while helping those struggling to survive.

Our Youth sell Fair Trade Coffee, Tea and Chocolate to fight human trafficking and support fair trade practices around the world.

Throughout the year, the church’s Peace and Justice Commission organizes education and advocacy events relating to peacemaking, climate change and sustainability, gun control, ending human trafficking, economic justice, and more.