Greetings WAC Community,
What does the Lord require of you? To do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. – Micah 6:8
I admit I felt angry when a denominational church leader told me that when he requested financial support for WAC’s work, that he was asked, “What does the Wyoming Association of Churches do for our churches?”
I felt angry for a couple of reasons. One, he did not know how to answer that question, which is in part our fault in that we have done an inadequate job of communicating about what we do. Secondly, I felt angry because I am reminded of the quote from U.S. President John F. Kennedy, “Ask not what your country does for you, but what you can do for your country.”
Here’s a concise response about what WAC does for churches and has for the last 40 years. WAC provides the vehicle for churches to do justice in Wyoming. We are the only ecumenical organization doing justice in Wyoming. The Bible is clear throughout that doing justice is required of us. Micah 6:8 and “Fear not, be bold, do justice,” sums it up.
Examples of what we do for churches include fighting poverty by supporting Medicaid expansion, standing with Native Americans, appreciating diversity, educating about racism and white privilege, welcoming immigrants and refugees, caring for God’s creation and speaking up for the most vulnerable. We sponsor dialogues for understanding of other religions and beliefs, knowing we generally have more in common than differences. We provide a voice to our legislators. We provide tools to address institutional racism and to combat hate. We address root causes, not the symptoms. We provide opportunities to connect with the tribes at the Wind River Reservation.
Individual congregations do not have what it takes to do this kind of justice work. That’s what WAC can do and does. By our working together and faith, we can do anything!
Our 40th Anniversary Celebration in Casper October 13-15 when we will be appreciating diversity is a great way we are benefiting churches. Early bird registration ends October 3. You may register here.
Click here for a flyer to post and circulate.
Here’s a short video about WAC. Listen to it and forward it to others.
Fear not. Be bold. Do justice.
P.S. Your financial contributions are needed and appreciated. To contribute, click here. Or mail your contribution to WAC, PO Box 1473, Laramie, WY 82073.