The Rev. Liz Gray

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Name
The Rev. Liz Gray
Church Info
Home Church Address
Restoration Anglican Church
1815 N Quincy St
Arlington, VA 22207
United States
Church Website URL
Organization
Organization Name
Restoration Anglican Church
Type of Organization
Church Ministry
Your Position/Title within your Organization
Associate Rector
Organization Address
1815 N Quincy St
Arlington, VA 22207
United States
Organization Phone Number
Organization URL
Work of Ministry
Immigration
Other
Other
Discipling Christians in Arlington and beyond
Organization Email
Liz@restorationarlington.org
Description of Organization
We're a church in Arlington that connects people to God, to others and to the needs of the world.
Organization Years In Operation
8
Does your ministry offer internships?
Yes, post-graduate internship(s).
Strengths of Organization
"We are broken people being restored by grace, living God's story"
Background
Would you consider your role part time or full time within justice and mercy ministry?
Full Time
How many years have you been in ministry among the vulnurable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
10.00
What training did you receive that equipped you for justice and mercy ministries?
MA at GW in International Education: pursued courses including human trafficking etc Life: working on Thai/Burma border, leading teams to Azerbaijan, South Africa, Burma, Cambodia, Asia Minor, Tanzania.... Extensive travel and engagement with diverse ministries in many countries.
What are your primary concerns for the ministry?
- Immigration in the USA - Reaching the invisible and unseen in countries without access to the gospel: church planting in Asia Minor and other 10/40 window countries
What feels like the most difficult aspect of your life in ministry?
Sometimes discerning direction... and keeping faithful to a deep, personal relationship with Jesus.
What gives you the greatest joy?
Seeing people recognise that the shame they carry is generally undeserved and always heal-able!
What spiritual disciplines help sustain you in your rhythms of life among the vulnerable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
- Prayer - Talking with select friends
What would you like fellow Anglicans (bishops, churches, the average parishioner) to know about your ministry?
That they have a role to play in being a voice for the voiceless.
How would you like fellow Anglicans (bishops, churches, the average parishioner) to grow in regards to justice and mercy issues?
To be humbly aware that any christian in any of our churches is in the top 5%? (1%) of the world in terms of wealth, education and comfort. To realize that conveys responsibility.
What are your favorite books related to justice and mercy issues?
WALKING WITH THE POOR. Principles and Practices of Transformational Development. Revised and Updated Edition. Bryant L. Myers When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourself. Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert.
What are your favorite movies related to justice and mercy issues?
South African movies (largely about apartheid etc): Invictus, Cry Freedom, Tsotsi, Cry the beloved country, Catch the fire Working for justice: Selma, Suffragette, Gandhi, Amazing Grace, Call & Response other issues:Nefarious, Taken, The pink room (anti-sex trafficking) And of course: Les Miserables, Schindler's list, To kill a mockingbird, Erin Brokovitch,
What are your favorite websites/organizations related to justice and mercy issues?
http://www.freeburmarangers.org/ https://barnabasfund.org/ http://www.partners.ngo/
What do you wish people knew about justice ministry in general or specific arenas of justice work?
That the American way is not the only way: that listening to on-the-ground wisdom is essential.
Tell us a bit about your story and your heart for justice and mercy.
I grew up in a Christian home in South Africa - immersed in the fight against apartheid. I learned about injustice from my youngest days and it is integrated into my DNA. I have travelled extensively and seen justice, injustice, mercy and cruelty in many nations and contexts.