The Boston Faith & Justice Network brings Christians together to live simply and give generously in pursuit of a just world. Three foundational action-oriented principles inspire and motivate our work:
Working for Justice
Justice is a key aspect of God’s character. If we as Christians are called to reflect God in the world, engaging justice is central to how we live out our faith in Jesus Christ and our relationship to our neighbor. We envision the scriptural call to live justly as working to make sure that everyone—from friends down the street to families across the globe—has the same opportunity to be free from negative consequences outside of their own actions. Global poverty and associated issues of racism and sexism lead to oppression and suffering. Christians have a Biblical call to be at the front lines of transformative action against injustice.
Practicing Economic Discipleship
Jesus spoke often about money. The Christian church in the United States often avoids the subject. But the staggering effects of poverty and oppression in the world call us to examine our consumption in light of Biblical teachings. Economic Discipleship is what BFJN calls the process of following Jesus with our money. These practices include reducing our spending by living more simply, intentionally choosing the products we do buy, and giving generously of all of our resources to improve the lives of the poor and oppressed. We believe that every Christian can make practical lifestyle changes to move closer to this goal.
Engaging in Community
Following Christ is both an individual and a communal process. Joining together in fellowship and interpersonal connection deepens our commitment to discipleship and generosity. Through our Lazarus at the Gate small group study, BFJN encourages open discussions about wealth, poverty, and Christian responsibility to meet the needs of the suffering and vulnerable. As a network, we also recognize the necessity of bringing individuals, churches, and organizations together for collective action. An ecumenical movement of Christians committed to generosity focused on justice will help participate in the Kingdom of God “on earth as it is in heaven.”
What do we do?
The Boston Faith & Justice Network gathers Christians from many different traditions sharing a common concern to love our neighbor through economic discipleship and just action. We foster a dialogue about money and responsibility while presenting options for practical lifestyle shifts and justice-oriented engagement. BFJN challenges Christians to think about our resources—from the money we earn, to the things we buy, to the places we live—and offers opportunities for connection, action and reflection.
Elizabeth Grady-Harper, Executive Director
Prior to joining the Boston Faith and Justice Network, Elizabeth worked as an attorney primarily in the field of immigration law, helping immigrant families become citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States. She has also worked with survivors of domestic violence under the Violence Against Women Act helping them obtain the immigration benefits the law affords them, first as an employee of several law firms in the Boston area, and then in her own firm started with two colleagues. Elizabeth is passionate about helping Christians engage in our call to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God and seeks to use her gifts to this end, both at BFJN and as an elder and speaker at her church.
Tim Colegrove serves as Sexuality and Relationships Educator at Gordon College in Wenham, MA. Tim holds a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theology Seminary and a Master of Sacred Theology in Philosophy, Theology and Ethics from Boston University. His mission as an educator and theologian is to help the church to grow in faithful witness to Jesus Christ as it addresses systemic injustice. This central passion has led him to a variety of missional and academic endeavors including speaking engagements at the Christian Community Development Association, Taylor University, Eastern Nazarene College, and the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions.
Mardi Fuller is the communications manager at BPE (formerly the Boston Plan for Excellence). A sales and marketing professional with nine years of specific experience scaling business lines and telling an organization’s story, Mardi cares about the intersection of a company’s growth and its commitment to socially responsible practices.
Maura is a CPA and works at KPMG LLP with a focus on corporate responsibility and financial statement audits. Her experience with corporate responsibility groups at Fortune 500 companies lends unique insight into economic, environmental and social change at a macro level.
Kisuk Kim first learned about Fair Trade, human trafficking, and the brokenness within our consumer-driven society as an undergraduate attending BFJN events with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. Since then, he’s maintained a deep interest in the intersection of faith, business and public policy, and the role of the church therein. Kisuk is a member of Cambridge Community Fellowship Church, and serves as a house church leader and hospitality coordinator. By day, he is a manager of client solutions at athenahealth, bringing together data, technology, and strategy to help healthcare work as it should.
Sarah Rutherford is the Part- Time Community Life Coordinator. Sarah’s full time job is caring for spirited daughter Eloise, and therefore welcomes this opportunity to work and learn with the Amirah community. Prior to her role as mom, Sarah graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary with an M.A in Intercultural Studies specializing in International Development. Over the past decade, she has had the pleasure of working and learning alongside a number of justice focused organizations, including World Vision and UNICEF. Much of Sarah’s work has been centered on the improvement of child well being accomplished through empowerment and education. Sarah is an active member of Lynn based East Coast International Church, and sits on the board of Boston Faith and Justice Network.
Sarah is Canadian, and grew up in rural Nova Scotia as the oldest of 6. She met her husband of over 10 years (Nathaniel), while working in the remote Nevada desert. She loves listening to CBC radio, quality coffee, travel, winter, thoughtful music, participatory development, the outdoors and her dog Covelo (most of the time).
Michael is a software engineer whose outlook on justice and economic discipleship was transformed by being a part of BFJN’s inception in 2006 and a Lazarus group in 2007. Since then he has been involved in everything from a fledgling intentional community to an emerging church plant to the Occupy protests. He currently lives in Egleston Square with his wife, Christina.
The work of the Boston Faith & Justice Network has been featured in a variety of publications:
- Christian Science Monitor 1/2012 & 2/2009
- Huffington Post 5/2011
- Sojourners God’s Politics Blog 6/2011
- The Living Church 2/2013
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