Hello everyone! My name is Elena O. Lingas, and I am heading up the new social justice committee. Before I discuss the committee, let me take a moment to introduce myself to those who don’t know me. I am originally from Portland, Oregon, and many of you know members of my family—my brother, Alexander Lingas, founding director of Cappella Romana, and my parents Catherine and John Lingas. Graduate school brought me to the Bay Area, and I am currently a faculty member at a graduate public health program. I live in Berkeley with my husband and son.
One of the most striking things about Jesus’ ministry on earth is how fundamentally radical it was: he focused his attention on those who are overlooked, forgotten, ignored. His message was one of love and concern for others, rather than of self-interest. Our parish is already taking many social justice-oriented actions, from the Community Kitchen providing nourishment and fellowship to fellow San Franciscans; to the Community Link, visiting isolated Orthodox Christians; and of course the many philanthropic activities of the Philoptochos. There are multiple ways that we can build upon these existing ministries as well as create new areas of focus. It is really up to the interests and enthusiasms of members of the parish to provide guidance.