Social Justice

Social justice includes social work, counseling, and those who advocate for the oppressed. It responds to those in critical need: the homeless, the refugee, the orphaned, and addicted. it is a conduit for justice, grace and the common good. It says that racism and genocide are not the end.



February 21, 2018

At Skyline Middle School

Featuring Jemar Tisby

Jemar (B.A. Notre Dame; MDiv, Reformed Theological Seminary) is the president of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective where he writes about race, religion, and culture. He is also the co-host of "Pass The Mic”, a podcast that amplifies dynamic voices for a diverse church. His writing has been featured in the Washington Post, CNN, Vox, and the New York Times. He has spoken nation-wide at conferences on racial reconciliation, U.S. history, and the church. Jemar is a PhD student in History at the University of Mississippi studying race, religion and social movements in the 20th century. You can follow him on Twitter @JemarTisby

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As We forgive: 

Genocide, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation. 

What has Rwanda to do with Harrisonburg?

December 11, 2011

At Court Square Theater

Film Screening

with Response Gerrit Wolfaardt

How do we forgive the people who hurt us? Could you forgive the person who murdered your family? We will watch and discuss the student Academy Award-winning documentary As We Forgive which tells the story of two Rwandan women on a journey to reconcile with the neighbors who slaughtered their families during the 1994 genocide.

In the 1970s, Gerrit Wolfaardt was a white supremacist South African Afrikaner who avidly supported apartheid. Reading Alan Paton's beautiful book, Cry the Beloved Country, initiated a profound journey of change. Eventually, Gerrit left his law practice in South Africa to defend black South Africans. Over the past several years, he has worked in Rwanda with business, church, education, government, and healthcare leaders to implement practical reconciliation initiatives in order to nurture stable and thriving communities.

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Broken Borders:


March 23, 2012

At Alethia Church

Featuring Aaron L. Cook and Paul Fiske

Illegal immigration is a complex issue affecting spheres of human dignity, community, economics, housing, job markets, prison systems and more. There are an estimated 10.8 million people in the United States illegally, and there are thousands of immigrants in the Harrisonburg area without valid documents. Immigration lawyer Aaron L. Cook and pastor Paul Fiske discuss our response to these individuals and families who are living in our community.

Aaron L. Cook is a local Immigration lawyer with Cook Attorneys.

Paul Fiske is the pastor of Aletheia Church.

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