The Good Friday Walk for Justice honors the religious tradition of Good Friday by co-creating a public witness that names the injustices of the day and calls for transformation. The Walk for Justice stems from the Christian tradition of the Stations of the Cross where Jesus walked to his execution. The contemporary Stations, prepared by various justice-seeking coalitions/communities, call us to continue to be in solidarity with those who are suffering at the hands of the “powers and principalities” of our day.
The story of Jesus is in dire need of public witness that challenges those whose preaching paints Jesus as a patriarch concerned with judgment and exclusion. There are those whose teachings, like the Pharisees of Jesus’ day, focus on dogma and doctrine and laws and legalities to ensure their own power and perpetuate inequalities. Jesus did not die so that religious leaders or followers could continue to condemn difference for the expediency of aligning with corrupt structural power.
For 38 years, the Good Friday Walk for Justice has walked the Way of the Cross. We remember and honor the Jesus that loved and the communities that struggle for Justice. This public witness of love is a call for justice. Radical love calls each of us to join together in communities of nonviolent resistance to expose the injustices that face Earth in these times – wars and threats of war, torture, incarceration, poverty, and lack of human rights for women, people of color, migrants, and LBGT youth. Together in love, we transform a world captured by fear and greed. This day is called "good" because we believe that together, we can create possibilities for transforming unjust systems.
For 38 years, 8th Day Center for Justice sponsored the Good Friday Walk for Justice. With the closing of 8th Day Center last year, many people expressed the need for the Good Friday Walk for Justice to continue.
With the help and guidance of former 8th Day members, the Good Friday Walk for Justice Committee was formed to continue this important liturgical public witness.