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      January 30, 2015 - January 31, 2015

      Friday   9:00 AM - Saturday 5:00 PM

      1313 New York Avenue Northwest
      Washington, District of Columbia 20005

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      Service 2 Justice Conference

      For many of us, our involvement in social service deeply reflects our humanity. When we provide service to our community, either as a paid professional or a concerned friend, we embody compassion and the joy of loving labor. When we accept service, we embody the strength of interdependence. In either role, the offering and acceptance of support has the potential to be a sacred, if commonplace, ritual. It is through such practice that we can weave ourselves into beloved community. In recent decades, we have seen inspiring projects that take social service work to a new level. Brilliant leaders, often from marginalized communities, have recognized that some of their neighbors' needs are caused not just by the natural ebb and flow of life, but rather by the societal structures that make life easy for some and much more difficult for others. We work in the image of projects such as the Free Breakfast for School Children Program initiated by the Black Panther Party in 1969. These visionaries worked to not only address the day-to-day needs of their people, but also bring those people together to challenge the very circumstances that created those needs in the first place. Despite this rich history, an unfortunate divide has often existed between those who focus on service, and those who strive to fundamentally alter the system, to bring justice. There is real danger in this unnatural divide; social services that lack an understanding of injustice are at best condescending and at worst deeply damaging to the communities they claim to serve. We are here to engage this difficult yet saving dialogue. There is no claim to have all the answers. The road from service to justice is not an easy one. No, this path rings with the hard truth that we are sometimes part of the problem, despite fervent efforts to be the solution. Despite any discomfort, we are here because our values demand nothing less from us. We are reminded that we all bring our life experiences to every meeting, no one person more valuable than the other. Justice blossoms out of that encounter, taking us beyond "the world as it is" to "the world as it could be." Thanks for being here with us on this difficult yet essential journey.


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