JOSHUA stands for Justice Organization Sharing Hope & United for Action.
JOSHUA began in 2004 with a covenanting ceremony of 17 faith communities and a diverse group of 350 individuals. After the covenanting, the first JOSHUA co-presidents elected by JOSHUA were Barbara Shiffer of West Moravian Church and Sr. Maria Drzwiecki of Sisters of Saint Francis of the Holy Cross. JOSHUA began to experience the amazing possibilities for faith communities when they join together to overcome divisions and stand united for action around common values of justice.
We stand together:
-We believe in the God-given dignity and infinite worth of each and every human life.
-We believe that we are each and all part of a sacred community, to which we have responsibility and from which we gain sustenance.
-We believe that our faith calls us to work for justice and liberation, standing against all forms of oppression and inequity.
-We believe we are called to be stewards of the natural world in all its bounty and diversity.
-We believe in shared abundance and stand against the dominant culture of reckless consumption and consumerism for some and deprivation for others.
-We believe in the triumph of love and hope over hate and fear.