Building Community and Advocating for the Vulnerable
When discussing justice, the first thing we have to do is listen.
How can we look out for those who are vulnerable because of poverty or racism? How can we become good neighbors and faithful witnesses of Christ, but also take deep breaths as leaders to stay strong and healthy? Pastor and leader Eugene Cho addresses these questions and more in this video on building community and advocating for the vulnerable.
When we go through a crisis, it either helps us refine our identities or lose our identities. This is an opportunity for us as the Church to ask ourselves, "Who are we, who do we serve, and what are we about?"
Eugene reminds us that when talking about justice issues, the first thing we have to do is listen. Everyone has a voice, but not everyone is heard. This pandemic is impacting every single person, but there are people who are particularly vulnerable and might not feel comfortable sharing their needs. Eugene encourages us to demonstrate God's love and keep them at the forefront of our advocacy.
This video is part of the COVID-19 Church Online Summit presented by the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College and the National Association of Evangelicals.
Eugene is the President/CEO of Bread for the World and Bread Institute, a prominent non-partisan Christian advocacy organization urging both national and global decision makers to help end hunger. He is also the founder and visionary of One Day’s Wages (ODW) – a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty. He is also the founder and former Senior Pastor of Quest Church – an urban, multi-cultural and multi-generational church in Seattle, Washington. Eugene is the author of two acclaimed books, Thou Shalt Not Be a Jerk: A Christian’s Guide to Engaging Politics (2020) and Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World? (2014).