Advocacy & Education

St. Matthew’s supports Catholic social justice teachings on, and participates in advocacy efforts related to, issues that include poverty, access to healthcare, and affordable housing, and environmental justice, among others.

Washington Interfaith Network (WIN)

Upcoming events:
Ribbon Cutting on Monday, April 29, 10:30-11:30am at Parkway Overlook, 2841 Robison Place. SE. Register at https://tinyurl.com/ParkwayOverlookPhase1.

The Way Home Campaign

TBA

DMV Sanctuary Congregations Network

Tuesday, March 12, 2019, marked the 90th day that Rosa Gutierrez has been in sanctuary at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church. Despite the outpouring of community support, vigils, and clergy letters, Virginia Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner have yet to meet with Rosa. Rosa fled El Salvador in 2005 after facing harassment and violence in her community. She is the mother of three children under the age of 11, including a 6-year-old with Down syndrome and numerous other medical conditions that require vigilant care. Late last year, after years of regular check-ins with ICE, and wearing an ankle monitor since 2017, Rosa was ordered by ICE to self-deport to El Salvador. Fearing for herself and the welfare of her children, she sought help in the community. DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network helped her find refuge at Cedar Lane UU. Rosa's lawyer recently presented a stay of removal to ICE officials, which they denied because Rosa was not present. To learn more about Rosa’s story please read here, (in English) or here.(in Spanish)

Good Faith Communities Coalition

To attend DC budget hearings with Good Faith Community Coalition, contact GFCC at goodfaithdc@gmail.com.

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St. Matthew's Creation Care Team

Check out the new page for the Creation Care Team.

Just Faith

Just Faith is an extended educational and spiritual formation program. Just Faith provides an opportunity for parishioners to study and be formed by the justice tradition articulated within the Scriptures, the Church’s historical witness and Catholic social teaching. The next session is not yet scheduled.

If interested, contact Tyler Martin at stmattsadvocacy@gmail.com.