Going Up River:
Working for Systemic Change
An initiative of Justice and Witness Ministries
The Congregational Church of Grafton
30 Grafton Common
Grafton, MA 01519
Saturday, November 14th
9:00AM – 3:00PM (Registration starts 8:30)
Cost: $15.00 (includes lunch)
Register: Call or email to reserve your place graftonucc@gmail.com 508-839-4513
Using the UCC Justice LED curriculum in out time together we will:

*Explore the biblical mandate to “go up river”
*Examine what helps and hinders us from fully responding to God’s call to “do justice.”
*Learn from each other how we can become more effective advocates for justice and peace while continuing our acts of mercy
*Strategize how justice may be incorporated into the life and ministry of your church.

There is a parable that describes individuals coming down a river, struggling to stay afloat. Villagers quickly responded by helping people out of the river and caring for them. But the people floating kept floating by and the villagers kept rescuing them. In time a few of the villagers decided to go up the river to try to end whatever it was that was causing people to fall into the river.

The church is really good at “downstream” responses. Charitable actions and direct services such as soup kitchens, clothing closets and emergency funds are vitally important – they must be done. Unfortunately, they are not enough to sustain the long-term social change we pray for and long to see. To build the realm of God we need to not only continue to offer mercy by the riverside but also go up river and work for justice.

This training is offered to support local church members – laity and clergy – who wish to infuse more faith-based justice conversations, education, skills and opportunities into their respective ministries and communities.