Supplement to the Fall 2010 Epistle feature: Working Together - Religion and Labor
Joy Heine’s article in the Fall 2010 Epistle magazine makes the connection between the ELCA’s 1999 social statement, “Sufficient Sustainable Livelihood for All,” and the work of labor unions. She believes that if we work together, we can ensure a sufficient, sustainable livelihood for all people. Here’s how you can take action.
Learn more about worker justice
Read A Worker Justice Reader: Essential Writings on Religion and Labor by Interfaith Worker Justice (Orbis, 2010), a collection of writings that identify and explain key labor and economic issues.
Simple steps that make a difference
- Talk to members in your congregation and learn about their jobs, visit their workplace. What do they do? How are they treated? How do they respect their employees? Colleagues? How can you support their work?
- Read and discuss the ELCA’s social statement on economic life available at http://www.elca.org/What-We-Believe/Social-Issues/Social-Statements/Economic-Life.aspx
- Contact your local interfaith committee or worker center to see how you can engage in worker justice issues in your community. www.iwj.org.
- Learn more about local labor struggles you read about in the paper. Talk to workers.
- Pray for workers in your congregations and communities. www.iwj.org has congregational resource available.
- Study A Worker Justice Reader: Essential Writings on Religion and Labor with members of your congregations to learn more about religion and labor.