A New Look at Equity
We believe that equity matters and that the setting in which it best lives, moves, and has its being is the kingdom of God—on earth as it is in heaven. Equity Kingdom focuses on equity, racial justice, and community through the lens of God’s kingdom as described in the Bible. We also draw on the arts, social engagement, and inspirational activities to serve people of all ages, races, and backgrounds with community explorations of racial justice, equity, and peace through
- Visioning workshops
- Art projects
- Play experiences
- Publishing projects
- Creative parades, processions and protests
- Bible study and scripture illustration
- Prayer and other spiritual practices
- Community meals
We believe building justice and equity is a kingdom moral imperative and a heart-and-soul, deep-feeling desire for us as persons and for our world. A vision of God’s kingdom, activism, and the arts are all needed to make effective change. Please visit Workshops for more on our current workshops; visit our blog for more about Equity Kingdom.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind … You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Jesus told us, ”All who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.” (Romans 8:14) But he also warned us: “How hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!” (Mark 10:24). Why? Because it requires us to work with God and try to restore the beautiful, harmonious creation of peace and justice God brought into being originally, to fix the mess humans have made of it, and to save creation (including all its people, flora, and fauna) and consecrate it to God and the kingdom he intended Earth to be.
The commandments of God’s kingdom are “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind … You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:37-38) To do this, we are to uplift and, yes, follow Jesus the Christ, the light of the world. “Whoever follows me,” he says, “will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
We have a right and a duty to build something different on Earth from the immoral, ungodly world we see before us. We can build cities, states, nations—a whole world—without racism, sexism, greed, war and violence, economic injustice, and inequities of health and well-being, education, safety, housing (and so very many more inequalities and oppressions). But we need to exercise our imaginations, cast out fears, “be of good courage,” work with God, and always keep in mind that we “can do all things” through Jesus, who strengthens us.
What does the Lord
require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
You are all children of God through faith … There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:26-28)
We believe God’s kingdom is all about treating each other with love, respect, and fairness; doing justice, kindness, and the will of God. In fact, God tells us to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God. (Micah 6:8) God also says of us and his people Israel (and foretelling Jesus), “Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.” (Isaiah 42:1)
And later the apostle Paul tells the churches of Galatia: “In Christ Jesus, you are all children of God through faith … There is no longer Jew or Greek … slave or free … male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:26-29)
The message of God’s kingdom throughout the ages has been one of loving our sisters, brothers and all people, and helping each other to live and grow and flourish. Today, when we look on the racism deeply embedded in the U.S. and throughout the world, we need to strongly affirm that BLACK LIVES MATTER and also that WHITE LIVES MUST CHANGE.
Check out the Workshops we offer on racial equity and God’s kingdom.
“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.”
Health & Well-Being for All
We know Jesus frequently healed and provided for individuals as well as small and large groups of people, sometimes thousands at a time. We read in the book of Mark that “there was again a great crowd without anything to eat.” Then Jesus ordered the crowd to sit down; and he took the disciples’ seven loaves, “and after giving thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples … and they distributed them to the crowd. They had also a few small fish; and after blessing them, he ordered that these too should be distributed. They ate and were filled … Now there were about 4,000 people” who were fed that day. (Mark 8:1-9)
Jesus is also concerned not just to hand out food, but to teach people how to keep feeding themselves and provide for their sisters and brothers too. He tells the Samaritan woman at the well: “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14)
And at Pentecost, after the Holy Spirit moved among the crowd of people from all nations, they decided to follow Jesus. “All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people.” (Acts 2:41-47) Today too, we must find ways to provide for all people, not just some, and to safeguard everyone’s physical and mental health.
No Justice, No Peace
We agree with many social justice leaders who say that without justice, there can be no real peace. In his Sermon on the Mount (something of a handbook for the kingdom of God), Jesus declares, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Thus He lifts up people struggling for justice, and then those seeking peace as well: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” He tells us that those who are persecuted as they pursue justice already belong to God’s kingdom: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” In these verses from the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-11), clearly peace and justice go hand in hand. They work together to make us children in God’s family and to build us a home in God’s kingdom, “on earth as it is in heaven.”
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (Romans 12:18)
God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” (Genesis 1:28)
Care for the Earth
In Genesis, we read that after God had created everything, including the earth and human beings, God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” (Genesis 1:28) We are to be good stewards and co-sustainers of creation, treating Earth itself and all its creatures—everything on it—with care, respect, wisdom, and love.
But clearly Earth, its lands and waters, its air and atmosphere, plants, animals—so many lives—all are in crisis. People and lives in every form are suffering. We humans have not been good stewards of the creation God gave us. In the kingdom of God, we must begin to nurture the earth and care for it. We must work together with God to bring about healing and restoration of all that is broken. God promises us a “new earth” in the book of Isaiah, a vision that we need to embrace and work to realize.
“For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth … no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it, or the cry of distress. No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days, or an old person who does not live out a lifetime; for one who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth … They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit … for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labor in vain, or bear children for calamity; for they shall be offspring blessed by the Lord—and their descendants as well. Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear … They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain,” says the Lord. (Isaiah 65:17-25)