SOCIAL JUSTICE CALENDAR

How can you join in St. Peter’s Social Justice efforts? Follow our Social Justice Calendar! Each month we highlight specific issues and offer a variety of ways to learn and do more. This calendar is not exhaustive. If there is a monthly observance or specific event you’d like us to include, please email Rev. Sarah [email protected].

September 2022

This month we’re focusing on Getting out the Vote & Suicide Prevention

Election Day is November 8, 2022. Make sure you are registered to vote and have all of the information you need to cast your ballot. PA voters can register, request a mail-in ballot, and more here: https://www.vote.pa.gov

St. Peter’s is also partnering with POWER to get out the vote. POWER is an interfaith multi-racial people’s movement made up of over 50 different congregations across Philadelphia and the suburbs. As we prepare for Election Day, there are many different opportunities to volunteer, including in person or virtual phone banking, canvassing, voter registration. The phone banking is non-partisan – calling people to be sure they know where to vote, have a plan to get there, need help, etc. 

See the phone-banking schedule online: https://powerinterfaith.org/calendar/

September is also Suicide Prevention Month. 

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, call or text 988 immediately.

If you are uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can chat with the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988lifeline.org.

You can also text NAMI to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.

Check out professional resources below to learn more about suicide in the United States and how you can support suicide prevention.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s 2022 Way to Take Action

Minnesota Department of Health’s 2022 Suicide Prevention Month Tool Kit

Suicide and the Church: Research shows there is an unfortunate correlation between religion and suicide in the United States: People who attend church regularly, are more likely to view suicide as selfish and to assume those who commit suicide are going to hell compared to those who do not identify as Christian and/or do not attend church regularly. 

This is harmful theology that does not align with Jesus’ command to love our neighbors and ourselves. 

This belief is also ineffective and unhelpful when it comes to knowing how to support those with suicidal thoughts or to support a community in the aftermath of losing a loved one to suicide. 

We’ve gathered some articles and resources about how churches can address this harmful teaching and work to change the stigma around suicide in faith communities.

Five Ways a Church Can Observe National Suicide Prevention Month

A Faith-Focused Suicide Prevention Training for All

Suicide: An Epidemic that Hits Close to Home for Many Americans

Americans Believe Suicide is an Epidemic, Not a Pathway to Hell

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