Finding Joy in Justice - a community event

Hillsdale United Methodist Church is proud to invite all those interested in "Coming Together & Finding Joy in Justice" community-wide event to discuss racism then & now, and realize the joy to be found in working for justice.  We will be serving snacks/finger sandwiches during the movie and break.  Please feel free to join us to watch the movie, or share in our refreshment break, or simply to participate in the discussion and book signing.

A Message From: Rev. Gil Caldwell - 

"Joy to the World". I believe that one of the greatest joys we as humans can experience is to be about the JOY of Justice Making. The divisions, angers, fears and hopelessness of these moments are unlike any I have seen in my 82 years. Yet, I believe that it is in gatherings like the one we will have on January 9th that will transform us as individuals and as communities! It is when we embrace the Civil Rights Movement and other nonviolent Movements and acknowledge how much better we are because of these Movements, that we erase our hopelessness.  I look forward to our sharing, our openness, our smiles and laughter as we meet for the first time on January 9th. What a great way to begin 2016! - Gil Caldwell

Rev. Gil Caldwell is an African American Methodist Pastor who has actively worked for Justice for nearly 60 years.  “When there is institutionalized prejudice against a person for one reason or another, how can we be at ease in Zion? The job of the church is to address these.”  Caldwell’s reflections are part of a series about United Methodists who shared MLK’s Dream, found at

Rev. Gil Caldwell's book "What Mean These Stones? Lessons of Katrina, 9/11, The Million Man March, The Millions More Movement" can be purchased at the iUniverse bookstore or on  A few copies will be available for purchase at the event.

Please join us and invite your friends and colleagues. 

Please continue to pray for us in the role of Public Theology Advocate as we take a stand for justice.  Respond to this blog, or contact me directly, with your thoughts, ideas, and concerns about social justice in the Pascack Valley region.


“What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15

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