Episcopal Network for Economic Justice

ENEJ is a network of individuals, dioceses, congregations and organizations within The Episcopal Church who are engaged in a variety of economic justice ministries. Members work both within the church and in interfaith coalitions in their respective communities. We provide guidance on issues of economic justice with information on our website, position papers on topics of value for The Episcopal Church and liturgies that focus on social justice. 

On our website (www.enej.org) you will find a how-to manual for economic justice work, information on community investing, papers about issues that affect all of us, and our latest lectionary project.

ENEJ advocates for many economic justice issues such as fair taxes, a living wage, health care, and workers’ right to organize. For example, in 2019, ENEJ advocated with church officials for the renewal of the Jubilee Ministry network, which was included in The Episcopal Church budget. We renewed out commitment to educating people about justice by updating our justice-oriented Reflections for Advent.

We also continue to follow legislation from the 2018 General Convention that strives to ensure economic justice for all, and to advocate, both by representing The Episcopal Church at Ecumenical Advocacy Days in D.C., as well as discussing how the Church can advocate, through these resolutions, for such justice issues as a living wage, health care for all, an enhanced safety net and comprehensive immigration reform. Education and advocacy on justice issues continue to be our focus. Recently we published Immigrant Stories, as a resource for educators about the topic of immigration.

ENEJ is also active in continuing the work of Jubilee ministries. We have been actively working to bring the Jubilee ministries together and to create support for Jubilee centers at The Episcopal Church Center. Jubilee ministries, we feel, are a vital part of our work in social justice. They are the church’s work within our communities, created to safeguard the rights of the marginalized in our community.

ENEJ is looking forward to its future work in the upcoming year, also. Our upcoming projects include working with the Office of Government Relations on promoting voter participation during the 2020 election year, developing (with other justice organizations) a Voter Justice Guide for use by congregations in 2020 as they meet with candidates, and conducting a three-day conference on economic justice in Atlanta for young adults in that region.

At ENEJ, we believe The Episcopal Church is called to do the work of economic justice. We believe The Episcopal Church is called to a vocation that addresses the systemic injustices within our society that perpetuate poverty and lack of access to the resources which enhance the quality of life and by which communities and people sustain themselves. And, at ENEJ we work to address these injustices.