Justice & Advocacy

“Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:40

This is Jesus talking about what it is to be inheritors of the kingdom of God, that it is not easy nor sometimes obvious work. It is not exaggeration to say that justice is woven into the very fiber of St. Mark's. From our founding on the ashes of Civil War to serve the working people of Richmond, to integration, to inclusion – we have been there for those some in society might deem the least, the forgotten, the shunned. At St. Mark's, we are all children of God, blessed and precious.

Some of us are activists, some of us are advocates – but we are all engaged in the kingdom work of justice. And while we might not be the biggest group out there we are loud and passionate and relentless. 

This fall J&A begins a two-year discernment on what it means for a church to offer sanctuary listening for God's call to us in how we can be a positive force in a world so in need of safe space.  This discussion kicks-off with a Ministry Forum, Sunday October 9 at noon.
During the spring and early summer of 2023 the J&A Team with a group of 10-12 members of the congregation has engaged in a 7 week study using the book, Prophetic Faith.  It has been an amazing conversation.  We hope to offer a report out to the congregation and offer a second cohort in the fall 


These are some of the organizations in which we are active                         as a parish and as individuals: