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Do Justice Writers Guide

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CRC Office of Social Justice

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What is Do Justice?
It's a
conversation space
for justice in the Christian Reformed Church.
It’s a safe place for people who are just starting to learn about justice, and it’s a growing resource for people who are already passionate about justice.
Do Justice
functions like a blog, with regular posts on a variety of issues. We’re a diverse community of writers, wrestling with broken systems, deep theology, hard realities, and tangible hope.

Why should I write?
Do Justice
is hosted by the Centre for Public Dialogue and the Office of Social Justice,
both ministries of the Christian Reformed Church.
Meet the editors
Danielle Steenwyk-Rowaan loves language, diverse church communities, local food, and helping the church live into its call to do justice.
Because your perspective is important in these conversations about justice.
Because we think you can relate to people in the pews
we think your skills and experience will benefit justice-seeking networks.
Because this is an important way to shape the conversation in the CRC.
Because we’d love to highlight your work on social media and help our followers connect with you.
Who am I writing for?
That depends!
Find the category that most fits who you are and what you might write about.
Best Practices
Practical tips, recommended reading, skill development
You might be:
An experienced thinker, writer, or practitioner – a leader at the national, regional or local level who can help others reflect on and improve the ways they do justice.

You’ll be writing for:
Those who are already active in justice work who are looking to improve their skills.

You might write:
Tips on advocacy and practicing justice, recommended writings and thinkers, ways to improve justice skills, advice on cultivating just relationships, advice or best practices for communicating about justice and generating interest in your church or region. This also includes event and conference announcements.

News from the Field
Stories of doing justice and stories of injustice, from around the world
You might be:
Someone with a great breadth and depth of experience in working for justice, and who can provide firsthand accounts of injustice in places around the world.

You’ll be writing for:
People active in doing justice, and those who are not active locally but are interested in stories of justice and injustice.

You might write:
Stories, explanation of how programs do justice or incorporate justice thinking, reflections on the justice implications of events that have been in the news.
News from the Pews
Stories of doing justice, transformation and changed hearts, from CRC communities
You might be:
An ordinary person who can tell a story of changed perspectives or a congregational leader who can write about your congregation doing justice.

You’ll be writing for:
People who are interested in how other CRCs are responding to God’s call to justice, either in changing ways of thinking, or in doing justice in their community.

You might write:
Personal stories from congregation members, descriptions of how churches are doing justice, stories about churches being faced with injustice and confronting it, incorporating justice in mission work, or responding to needs within their communities.

Ideas for Action
Practical action steps for doing justice
You might be:
An experienced practitioner who can reflect on the “why and how” of doing justice from your own experience, and can share ways to do justice in all areas of life.

You’ll be writing for:
People who don’t need to be convinced that justice is important, but might be wondering what they can do and still need some guidance on how to act effectively.

You might write:
Anything that will help people move from talking about justice to doing justice. This could include personal anecdotes about buying fair trade or reducing individual or congregational carbon footprint, checklists for doing justice, steps to evaluate programs and make them more justice oriented, scripts for calling legislators or draft advocacy letters, suggested talking points for engaging individuals or congregations to do justice, etc.
New Opportunities
Upcoming events, legislative breakthroughs, issues of increasing importance
You might be:
Field staff from World Renew or another agency, or a coalition or ecumenical partner.

You’ll be writing for:
People who are interested and/or active in doing justice, who are looking for ways to learn, network and advocate.

You might write:
Identification and analysis of emerging justice areas (e.g. land grabbing or planning for MDGs after 2015), briefs or talking points on new legislation, or updates on the passage of a bill.
Already and Not Yet
Successes and challenges in doing justice
You might be:
A practitioner or someone who feels the weight of justice work, but also knows hope.

You’ll be writing for:
People who are just learning about justice and those doing justice who are looking for encouragement.

You might write:
Stories and reflections on practice, devotions and scriptural reflections. These will have a more personal and reflective tone than other categories and will not necessarily offer solutions or ideas for action. These stories recognize both renewal and continued brokenness and share successes and ongoing challenges, recognizing that this work is not completely up to us but that we can and should still participate in restoration.
Why the Church Cares
Theology and doctrine, remembering our motivation
You might be:
CRC staff or a leader, pastor, academic, or practitioner.

You’ll be writing for:
People who aren’t yet sure about the biblical call to do justice, as well as those who sometimes need a reminder.

You might write:
Reflections on scripture, commentary on a section of the Contemporary Testimony or the Confessions, straight theology, explanation of CRC positions statements, etc. This can include reminders of God’s call to do justice as an integral part of Christian mission, vocation and discipleship.
Justice and Worship
Reflections, liturgies, prayers, worship resources
You might be:
A pastor or worship leader, or someone incorporating justice in worship. Worship resources from CRC institutional sources, ecumenical colleagues, and coalition partners are also welcome.

You’ll be writing for:
All CRC congregants, and those involved in planning corporate worship.

You might write:
Devotional reflections, responsive readings, songs of lament, prayers, liturgies, worship service plans, etc.

Did you see one that might fit? Jot it down, and use that to shape your post!
What should I submit?
post (400-800 words)
an image you have permission to use, if there's one that fits
short bio
your Twitter handle
(if you have one and would like us to know it)
and the first time you write for us, please include...
Will I see edits?
...if the only things we change are spelling or grammar-related.
...if we change any content or think something would be best rewritten. We’ll send edits for your approval before we post anything.
Where will I see my post?
Your post will debut on the main page of
After a few weeks it will move off the home page, but you’ll still be able to find the post in the category it was written for. We'll also share the post through the Office of Social Justice and Centre for Public Dialogue Facebook and Twitter accounts, and some posts may be cross-posted on The Network (
Ready to write? We can’t wait to read your perspective and add it to the conversation.

If you get stuck or need a little guidance, contact Danielle and Paola at

Paola Fuentes Gleghorn loves mountain biking, Costa Rica, designing great images, and facilitating workshops.
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What should my article be about?
Articles on Do Justice should...
address the issues people are talking about
from a Reformed Christian perspective
with a particular focus on how the topic you're considering affects marginalized people and how Christians who are seeking justice can respond.
What do you mean by "a Reformed Christian perspective"?
We may add some footnotes to your piece to help readers dig into what Synod or our Reformed confessions say about the issue you’re considering.

The Reformed family is a diverse family with a diverse range of opinions, and not all perspectives expressed on this blog represent the official positions of the Christian Reformed Church and its ministries—and that’s okay, because we’re having a conversation!
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