Called to do Justice Part 2
JaNaé Bates works in Minneapolis USA as a minister in the United Methodist Church. She is a member of Isaiah, a grouping of religious organisations from Christian, Muslim, and other faith backgrounds working for racial and economic justice in the state of Minnesota.
In this two part series with Pat Coyle, JaNaé talks about her work with Isaiah and the importance of “doing justice” in the wider community rather than simply being nice to those we know. In particular when it comes to racial violence most recently highlighted by the killing of George Floyd in her own city.
JaNaé is a former journalist from the Associated Press who went on to become a Fulbright scholar. She did her doctorate at Aberdeen University in Scotland before moving on to work in a L’Arche community there.
In this second part of the series, she looks at how America was founded on slavery and genocide, but that we can transcend these racial divides by working on being a loving community and through having hope in the ministry of Jesus Christ.