Interfaith Social Action & Social Justice Day
A Davis Academy & Marist School Joint Program
On Tuesday, January 28, 2014, Marist School students participated in a day of social action and social justice throughout Atlanta with students from The Davis Academy Jewish Day School. This is a continuation of an Interfaith Dialogue program begun last spring and this past fall with our current 8th graders. You can read Rabbi Micah Lapidus’ blog @rabbispen about The Davis Academy/Marist School Interfaith Dialogue Partnership.
Some of the different organizations that were visited were:
Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) – “Everyone who is thirsty, come drink from the waters. All who have no money, come and eat.” (Adapted from Isaiah 55:1) The Atlanta Community Food Bank collects and distributes food locally to organizations that serve the hungry and needy in Atlanta. Over 15,000 people contribute to the ACFB in one way or another, and is seen as a leading example for food banks around the country. We will be in the Product Recovery Center, sorting boxes and cans of food to help ACFB serve the community. www.acfb.org
Books for Africa (BfA) – “Turn it and turn it again, for everything is in it.” (Ethics of the Fathers 5:26, on reading the Bible) Books for Africa sorts and sends books to communities in need in Africa. Books are donated by publishers, libraries, schools and individuals, and the books are sorted so that they’re in useable, complete sets when they arrive in Africa. We will be sorting books and packing boxes upon boxes to be sent to foster educational excellence in Africa. www.booksforafrica.org
Medshare – “Whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.” (Talmud, Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:9) Medshare saves perfectly sterile, safe and usable medical supplies and repackages them to send them to the developing world, where these supplies are hard to acquire. They save millions of dollars in unnecessary medical waste from landfills and send thousands of tons of medical supplies around the world. We will learn be packing and helping to ship medical supplies around the world, reducing modern medicine’s carbon footprint while increase modern medicine’s worldwide impact and saving lives! www.medshare.org
VolunteerStock – Located at Davis Academy, students worked at 3 different stations throughout the morning:
- The Prayer Canvas consisted of completing spaces on a prayer canvas that will honor the Boston Marathon bombing victims, survivors, first responders, and the residents of Boston.
- Card Making for patients that are visited by Jewish, Catholic, and other Christian social workers in their nursing homes and hospitals. Cards will also be given out at a food bank at a Valentine’s Day meal.
- Sandwich Station consisted of assembling sandwiches for those in need for distribution at The Open Door Community Shelter.
The day was cut short due to the snowfall at noon. Afternoon plans to convene at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center to hear Stephon Ferguson (www.thedreamlives.com) had to be cancelled, but the morning was well spent in collaborative social action. On her drive home from Marist School in the snow, Mrs. Justus found herself gridlocked next to this vehicle. I think this says it all!