Apologies to my blog for the neglect (but at least it won’t resent me for it). If you’re in Seattle this week, there’s a great event this Thursday/Friday called the Isaiah 58 Summit for Economic Justice. Students can have the costs waived, so contrary to what you’ve been told, there is such a thing as a free lunch.
This event is one of those rare opportunities for the church to connect what it does on Sunday with the economic choices we make everyday. In partnership with Interfaith Worker Justice and the John Perkins Center, we are bringing faith communities and organized labor advocates together for a conversation about the challenges faced by the working poor and what we can do together to ensure Walmart employees, hotel workers, and airport workers are treated justly.
This kind of advocacy is an enormous blind spot in the often myopic vision of the church. As we learn the stories and struggles of the workers who are of foundational importance in our economy, we begin to see that justice is a garment in which we are all woven together for our mutual good.