In the midst of gridlock on Capitol Hill, it would be easy to get discouraged about our advocacy for those who are poor and vulnerable. The politics in Congress and the seeming lack of concern for those who need the most help could easily take us off course. Instead, we stop to remember that our God is a God of hope! Jesus quotes Isaiah in Luke 4: 18: “he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free”. With this encouragement, we continue to find ways to advocate for the needs of the communities where Columbans live and serve.
We have a new group of interns, here for the Fall semester. Each of them brings their own unique skills and talents to our work. In their short time with us they have already begun to make a contribution towards social justice. In our newsletter this month, you will hear about ways you can show your concern for the environment, human trafficking, food security and the federal budget. We also bring some news from some of the Columban locations throughout the country. We focus on advocacy here in DC, but we are often matched by the efforts of individual Columbans throughout the region. Read on and find at least one way you can join us in advocacy to reflect the hope that God has given us.
Michelle Melcher Knight