Social Justice 301: A Spirituality that Sustains

A temptation for many of us who have responded to God’s call to do justice is to be so engaged with the world that we neglect the garden of our own heart.  It’s not that we don’t want to do this interior work, but with how much work there is to be done in order to advance justice, there never seems to be time for it.

And so with the best of intentions, many of us sentence ourselves to lives forever on the edge of burnout, constrained more by legalism than God’s love, with hearts more judgmental and self-righteous than we would like to admit.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.  The same God who calls us to this work of justice also accompanies us in this work, extending grace to sustain us in times of great struggle.  Spiritual disciplines such as lectio divina, centering prayer, and Sabbath rest can be the means through which we receive this grace.

At this year’s Grand Rapids Justice Conference, we will learn from Mary Albert Darling who is both a professor at Spring Arbor University and a spiritual director.  Together with Tony Campolo Mary wrote a book about spiritual disciplines and the pursuit of justice (The God of Intimacy and Action).  Mary will teach us about the spiritual disciplines of lectio divina, centering prayer and Sabbath rest and invite us to regularly open ourselves up to God’s grace as we seek first the kingdom.

When: Saturday, May 3rd (Registration is at 8:30am and the conference will go from 9am-3pm)

Where: The Dominican Center (2025 E Fulton Grand Rapids, MI 49503)

Cost: $10 pre-registration/$15 at the door (Price includes lunch.  To pre-register, please send in a check (made out to The Micah Center) or drop off an envelope with your payment along with your email address before Tuesday April 29th at Hope Reformed Church.  Letters can be addressed to: The Micah Center c/o Hope Reformed 2010 Kalamazoo Ave SE Grand Rapids, MI 49507)

Childcare: Free with pre-registration (just let us know how many children)

Questions?  Contact Jordan Bruxvoort at or (616) 425-1559.