Religion and Politics: Why Should Christians Care About Social Justice?

October 11th, 5:30-8:30pm at Mediator, Harbert

The Episcopal Church is known for being a strong voice on issues of social justice in the United States and throughout the world, speaking out for the stewardship of creation, the dignity of all human beings, and calling for an end to violence and hateful rhetoric. As we approach the 2024 presidential election in the midst of deepening political polarization, some may be asking: what is the church’s role? 

Church of the Mediator in Harbert, in partnership with the diocesan offices, will present an evening discussion on Christianity, social justice, and the political sphere on Wednesday, October 11th from 5:30-8:30pm. The panel discussion will be recorded and available for later viewing. Due to bandwidth constraints, this event cannot be livestreamed. 

This gathering is an opportunity to discuss the differences between “politics” and “partisanship” and to consider our Christian responsibility in seeking social justice. Participants will first gather for Holy Eucharist, then will share in a potluck dinner. Afterward, a panel of Episcopalians will lead our conversation. 

We will be joined by: 

  • Tim French, senior warden of Mediator, Harbert, facilitating
  • The Rev. Darlene Kuhn, Rector of Mediator, Harbert
  • Rob Burgess, member of St. Augustine of Canterbury, Benton Harbor
  • The Rev. Jay Johnson, rector of All Saints, Saugatuck and interim coach for Creation Care/Beloved Community for the dioceses

Vicki Schroeder, member of All Saints, Saugatuck, will also offer a video reflection about her experience working as a co-convenor of End Gun Violence Michigan.

Questions about this event? Please contact the Rev. Darlene Kuhn at or at 269-469-6794.