Social Justice


Mass Shootings in Buffalo, NY; Laguna Woods, CA, Uvalde TX . CLICK HERE on how to ACT, PRAY and WORK for change.


GSL Social Justice Vision Statement

Inspiring our faith community to live out our Baptismal Covenant, “to strive for justice and peace among all people” by practicing self-reflection and direct action.


GSL Social Justice Values

  • INCLUSIVEall are invited to be a part of our mission
  • SEEKINGto gain understanding of other’s perspectives and perceptions; to find our common humanity
  • POLITICAL, NOT PARTISANin the sense of seeking power in the public arena, not in support of any political party
  • RESPECTFULto be considerate of other’s opinions and feelings
  • INTEGRITYto be open and forthright in all that we undertake


GSL Social Justice Focus Areas

  • Presence in the Public Square 

  • Educating the Conscience 

  • Finding Joy and Hope in Our Shared Story and Journey



We welcome you to join our conversation and become a part of Social Justice at GSL! If you have questions or thoughts around Sunday formation ideas or ways we can be active in the community, we want to hear from you. If you wonder about how our liturgy might reflect our work, we want to hear from you. If you want to go more deeply in striving to become the Beloved Community, we want to hear from you. We welcome your participation, ideas, resource suggestions, and prayers.  

Social Justice Committee Chairs — Contact through Realm.

  • Jennie VanDeveer
  • Nicki Soule

Clergy Liason —

Click here for all Social Justice upcoming events and meetings.



Grace-St. Luke's has been offering the Sacred Ground series, part of The Episcopal Church’s Becoming Beloved Community initiative committed to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice. Grounded in our call to faith, hope, and love, Sacred Ground is specifically designed to help educate white people through conversation as we peel back each layer and consider the origins and causes of present-day divisions and challenges.

This video was created for the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee by Mr. Shango Cooke:


Email: scooke (at)

Cell: 901-413-3830

Sacred Ground Racial Reconciliation Program (2021) from The Diocese of West Tennessee on Vimeo.


Lynching Sites of Memphis Adult Formation Forum

On Sunday, February 20, we welcomed Ms. Laura Kabede and the Rev. Fred Morton to our adult formation class for Reconciliation: Lynching Sites Project Memphis where they shared insights for transformation work being done around us and ways GSL might support the cause.


Pictured above left: (From left to right) Mr. Randy Gamble, the Rev. Fred Morton, the Rev. Laura F. Gettys, and Ms. Laura Kabede.
Pictured above right: Parishioners and guests enjoyed the forum presentation both in person and via livestream. 

Education & Equity: A Past, Present & Future Look at Memphis Shelby County Schools. 

September 18 Panel Discussion with Mr. Cardell Orrin of Stand for Children and Dr. Russ Wigginton of the National Civil Rights Museum, Ms. Tomeka Hart as Moderator.