Local churches discuss social justice

Esquimalt United Church is partnering with other churches in the area to host lectures on social issues in Victoria and around the world

For the month of March, churches in Greater Victoria are highlighting social justice issues around the world and in the community through a series of weekly lectures.

Today (March 6), Esquimalt United Church will be providing information on issues facing people in the Bahamas in honour of World Day of Prayer.

“It’s about building awareness about social issues around the globe,” said Leanne Benoit, minister of Esquimalt United Church. “If people in one part of the world are hurting, that has an impact on us and it also calls us to respond.”

The service today at 1:30 p.m. was written by women in the Bahamas and will be relayed to the group by people in the church.

Various ministries and social agencies in the Bahamas will be discussed and tied into what is happening in Greater Victoria.

There will also be art displays, singing and food with a Caribbean theme.

Continuing with the “Eat, Pray, Love and Learn” series, lectures will be held every Tuesday night at a different church, focusing on various issues.

On March 10 at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Saanich at 11:30 a.m., there will be a lecture about the environmental impact of sacred buildings.

On March 17 at St. Peter and St. Paul Anglican Church in Esquimalt at 11:30 a.m., the lecture will focus on Aboriginal youth.

“We understand it as our call to reach out and to help people in our community,” said Benoit. “One of the ways we do that is learning what the needs are.”

For more information on upcoming lectures, please go online to esquimaltunited.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/eat-pray-love-and-learn or call 250-384-3031.