I am honored and excited to be a part of a church that has actively called for justice in the workplace and a living wage for over one hundred years! I’m reminded of this commitment each morning when I arrive at The Methodist Building and read the words of the 1908 Social Creed hanging by the elevator.
Today, I am thrilled to announce that the Reverend Israel Alvaran has joined our team as the National Organizer for Economic Justice to help us live into our vision for worker justice. I know he would love to hear from you so we’ve made it easy for you to send him a welcome note.
Each day I ask myself: how can we as justice advocates give life to our faith? How can we stand with workers struggling with unemployment and underemployment and exploitation in the workplace? How can we build an economy that truly values all workers?
The questions I have for you are: How is your community engaged in the task of helping build a moral economy? Why are issues of unemployment and workers’ rights urgent to you? What work is already happening and what would you like to do locally to address these issues in the coming year? Click here to let Israel know.
Israel is based in California but has already begun making connections across the country identifying United Methodists engaged in worker justice ministries and unemployment concerns. He is focused on 14 key states (Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin). However, we invite everyone to be a part of this new opportunity to build a national network of teams in order to lift up the voice and dignity of workers in our congregations and communities and make concrete improvements in the lives of workers.
For years I have admired Israel’s passion and commitment to a ministry of justice for workers and am excited that he has agreed to lead this new initiative. I am excited for him to meet you.
I hope you are as excited as I am about the transformative possibilities of this work.