What is DHM’s Ministry of Justice and Advocacy for Families and Children?

As a “movement for wholeness in a fragmented world” the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) seeks to actively respond to God’s call to advocate for the most vulnerable in our midst  (Micah 6:8) through our DHM Ministries Across Generations Team (MAG) and the ministry of Rev. Katherine “Kate” Gould Epperly who serves on this team as Minister of Justice and Advocacy for Families and Children.

 

Rev. Kate Epperly D. Min. at home with her “hug-a-planet”

Rev. Kate partners with MAG teammates and other Disciples advocacy ministries to provide Disciples regions and congregations in the United States and Canada with timely intergenerational, mission-focused, faith formation resources which help congregations meet the growing need for  taking just and compassionate action on behalf of the physical, psychological and spiritual well-being of families and children.

A seasoned pastor who has served congregations across the United States, Kate and her pastor-theologian husband, Bruce, currently live on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where Kate is actively involved with the daily lives of two elementary school age grandsons as well as Cape Cod Grandmothers Against Gun Violence; the Barnstable County Human Rights Commission; the Cape Cod Council of Churches Migrant and Refugee Committee; and Barnstable No Place for Hate.  At DHM, Rev. Kate is also Co-Convener of DHM’s Pro-Reconciling and Anti-Racism Team.

Rev.Kate brings to her role many years of peace and justice organizing in Washington DC;  service on the Commissions on Ministry of the Capital Area and Pennsylvania Regions, as well as teaching as adjunct faculty at National Louis University and Lancaster Theological Seminary.  Kate sees her advocacy work as an outgrowth of her commitment to the healing, wholeness and overall sustainability of families, churches, communities and the good earth itself.  She is co-author of four books with Bruce Epperly: Tending to the Holy: The Practice of the Presence of God in Ministry; Feed the Fire: Avoiding Clergy Burnout; Four Seasons of Ministry: Gathering a Harvest of Righteousness and Reiki Healing Touch and the Way of Jesus.

Requests for helping congregations or regions organize justice education and outreach ministries (general or specific) may be made to Rev. Kate through her participation in the DHM Leadership Initiative Team.

Rev. Kate can be reached directly at kepperly@dhm.disciples or on Facebook at DisciplesJustice4Children as well as by phone at 508-209-1005.  Rev. Kate’s Disciples Justice for Children blog will now be published on this webpage.

Rev. Kate’s faith based advocacy resources have thus far addressed six main areas of concern. Listed below are a few relevant links to either resources Rev. Kate has written or organizations with which Rev. Epperly is in creative partnership:

  1. Gun safety and gun violence prevention
  2. Family mental health and suicidality
  3.  Refugee and asylum-seeking families and children health and well being
  4. Congregational disability inclusion and growing in faith together
  5.  Anti-racism understanding and advocacy
  6. Ecumenical coalition-building for family and children’s justice advocacy.

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