Social Justice Committee

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.

As Father Stephen has previously mentioned, we have made connections with Michael Pappas, Director of the San Francisco Interfaith Council. We are planning a meeting this summer with the Reverend Will Scott, Program Director for California Interfaith Power and Light (CIPL) (http://www.interfaithpower.org/). CIPL can help us think about “greening” our parish and its operations, in keeping with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s emphasis on protecting the environment. If you are interested in joining us for this meeting, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I hope that over these summer months you will consider what you would like to see our parish doing to further put our faith into action. Please share your suggestions with myself (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or with Fr. Stephen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God.

John 4:7