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#DoJustice

Justice - Now More than Ever

 

 

“He has told you, human one, what is good and
        what the Lord requires from you:
            to do justice, embrace faithful love, 
                 and walk humbly with your God.” 
                                                                  Micah 6:8 (CEB)

McCormick Doing Justice: Now More Than Ever

In just a month’s time, our world has been turned upside down. And as focused as we’ve all rightfully been on responding to the pandemic, life and lives go on. Babies are being brought into this world each day. People battle illness and disease unrelated to the virus without the level or timeliness of care that they would otherwise have received. The homeless are still homeless and there will likely be more. Unemployment has gone from record lows to what may well be record highs. Food insecurity is likely to impact millions who’ve never visited a food bank or church kitchen. Thousands upon thousands of our brothers and sisters remain incarcerated, many of whom should not have been imprisoned in the first place, in conditions more conducive to the spread of disease than even the cruise ships that have had to beg to find safe harbor.

It would be easy to say we do not have the time or the ability to “do justice” now; but now, more than ever, this is what we are all called to do. We need your help to allow us to continue helping others. And we need your help now more than ever.

In less than a month, McCormick has become a fully-online seminary offering learning experiences that maintain our traditions, values, and high academic standards. We have also become an almost exclusively online business operation as well. All of our teams are hard at work to ensure that we continue to do the work we’ve done for the last 190 years.  Please join us. Pray for us. Support us in doing God’s work in these challenging days.

Today, in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis and in the wake of our recently expanded program of Theological Studies at Cook County Department of Corrections, we are raising funds under for the #DoJustice Fund to especially support the following:

  • Funds for our emergency student financial assistance program
  • Funds to purchase non-perishable food items, hand sanitizer and soap for our carry-out food pantry
  • Funds to add to the commissary accounts of our twelve incarcerated students for the extra supplies they need to stay safe this month through at least May – McCormick has already committed to adding $25 per student per week and more is needed!

If you’d like to help right now, here are a few things you can do:

  • Write now. Learn about and write letters to our incarcerated seminarians.
  • Pray now. Contribute to our 30-day devotional with a prayer.
  • Give now through the #DoJustice Fund to assist in addressing the immediate needs of students.

Continue to pray for us as we pray for you!

We invite you to read more about the impact of Covid-19 on those who are incarcerated. 

Now, more than ever, please help us continue to bring love, mercy, and justice into this world. Gifts received online will be put to work immediately and you can opt to make it monthly. We are grateful for all you do for McCormick. God Bless you! 

About the #DoJustice Fund

McCormick’s #DoJustice Fund was established to do our part to do justice. Your gifts have supported programs to combat racism, provide hurricane relief in Puerto Rico, support those traumatized by gun violence, and is a source of support for our upcoming webinar series on trauma and healing in partnership with the Presbytery of Chicago beginning Thursday, April 9, 2020.