Mission & Vision

Mission

LMDJ exists to be a prophetic voice for Cornerstone by advocating for issues on God’s heart, to emulate Jesus’ values and actions by seeing the image of God in everyone.


Vision

To advocate for restorative justice to become part of Cornerstone’s discipleship and to invest in the people of Boston with unconditional love.


Serving opportunities

Outreach With Lion of Judah

We will be partnering with Lion of Judah Church to serve breakfast and have fellowship with people affected by homelessness! Lion of Judah hosts the outreach in the back bay area every Saturday morning from 8:30-10:30am. Please contact lmdj@cornerstoneboston.org for more information.


Partakers

Partakers is an organization that advances prison education. Partner with LMDJ to become a mentor to prisoners who are enrolled in college prison programs, and help them increase their chances for success when they return to their communities. This is an amazing opportunity to walk alongside the marginalized and incorporate justice into our faith. Please contact lmdj@cornerstoneboston.org for more information. 


Volunteer for Community Servings

Join us as we partner with Community Servings to help prepare nutritional meals for those with critical illnesses! All opportunities are held 6:00-8:00pm. Please contact lmdj@cornerstoneboston.org for more information. 

ANTI-RACISM RESOURCES


"Jesus' ministry was essentially liberation on behalf of the poor and the oppressed. I didn't need a doctorate in theology to know that liberation defined the heart of Jesus's ministry. Black people had been preaching and singing about it for centuries."

JAMES CONE


In May, the lynchings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd sparked outrage across our country. Demanding justice for their murders, millions have marched in protest throughout not only all 50 states but also the world. The deaths of Ahmaud, Breonna, and George remind us that white supremacy still haunts our country and that we still do not value black life. 


Many of us have become aware of our complicity in the systemic oppression of Black bodies and our disturbing indifference to their suffering. Now, many of us are rightly confessing and repenting. However, that’s only the first step. The fight for justice requires that we join the Black community as co-laborers. It’s important to first listen and learn from the people who have fought injustice for over 400 years. 


Love Mercy Do Justice has compiled these guides for you to listen and learn, so that you might become an anti-racist co-laborer. 

  1. Carefully work through this guide, authored by pastor Joseph Ardayfio,  on doing anti-racist work alongside the Black community. 

  1. Read this short article on liberatory consciousness by Barbara Love. Libreatory consciousness is a helpful model that enables an individual to live within oppressive systems with awareness and intentionality, and without losing hope. 

  1. Check out these resource pages from our denomination’s Love Mercy Do Justice initiative and the Sola Network to find books, articles, and media, in order to delve deeper and learn. 

  • The Love Mercy Do Justice page has resources on lament, a playlist on racial righteousness and lament, books, poems, and ways to engage anti-racism work in community.  

  • The Sola Network page offers helpful annotations of recommended resources. Additionally, at the end of this page, you’ll find resources and articles in other languages. While dialoguing with parents about racism is one of the most important tasks for Asian Americans, often the language barrier makes it really hard to go deeper. We hope that those resources will facilitate meaningful conversation. 

  1. It’s always important to critically reflect upon what you’re learning. Consider the questions in this guide by Pastor Rich Villodas. Journal these thoughts, or talk through them with your friends and families. 

  1. As you learn, you’ll want to learn how to take action. You can begin researching organizations by starting here

If you have any questions or need help, please feel free to reach out to our team at lmdj@cornerstoneboston.org.

DOMESTIC/INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE RESOURCES

This resource guide has been prepared by the Voices Against Violence ministry team. We are here to walk alongside you. Should you want a member of our team to support you, through prayer, listening, and encouragement, please contact Jamie.


Hotlines

If you are in an emergency situation, please call 911 immediately. 

  • Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (800) 841-8371

    • The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) is committed to ending sexual violence through healing and social change. They offer free, confidential services to survivors, their friends and families, and professionals ages 12 and older. Their 24-hour hotline offers free, confidential support to help you feel heard and help you understand your options.

  • MA SafeLink 24/7 Hotline (877) 785-2020

    • Connects women to immediate shelter and long-term housing options in MA

    • Assistance with safety planning, crisis intervention. Provides supportive listening and guidance with multilingual counselors.

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-7233

    • The Highly-trained advocates of the National Domestic Violence Hotline are available 24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship. They also provide a guide to create a safety plan. 

  • REACH Beyond Domestic Violence (800) 899-4000

    • REACH provides services primarily in the MetroWest area. Direct services include the emergency protection program, through crisis intervention and shelter services, community-based advocacy programs, and child and teen counseling therapy. 

  • Respond, Inc. (617) 623-5900

    • Servicing greater Boston, RESPOND staff work with survivors of domestic violence to address their immediate and long-term needs, providing emotional support, counseling, financial resources, information and referrals.


Helpline

Non-crisis telephone, advocates will call you back

  • Domestic Violence Services Network (888) 399-6111

    • Program out of DVSN


Organizations

  • Advocacy for Victims of Abuse

    • Advocacy for Victims of Abuse (AVA) is an initiative led by the Evangelical Covenant Church, our church’s denomination. There are worship resources, such as songs, prayers, and liturgies, and resources for men to help prevent domestic violence. 

  • Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK)

    • ATASK is a nonprofit, community organization serving pan-Asian survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence providing services in Greater Boston. ATASK’s mission is to prevent domestic and intimate partner violence in Asian families and communities and to provide hope to survivors. ATASK is committed to serving survivors of domestic violence representing all ages, ability levels, education levels, race, national origin, cultures, religions, gender identities, and sexual orientations. 

  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital Passageway Program 

    • CCHHE's Passageway program works to improve the health, wellbeing, and safety of those experiencing abuse from an intimate partner. They offer the following support services to hospital and health center patients, employees, and community members: free and confidential advocacy services, safety planning, individual counseling and support, support groups, medical advocacy, legal and court advocacy, and referrals to community resources (health care, housing, shelter, lawyers, and others)

  • Casa Myrna

    • Casa Myrna is Boston’s largest provider of domestic violence awareness efforts and of shelter and supportive services to survivors. They offer a variety of services including community advocacy, housing advocacy, emergency transfers, legal advocacy, economic stability, counseling services, children’s services, and residential programs.

  • Domestic Violence Roundtable

    • Resource and educational site to raise awareness of DV and other violences. Roundtable provides a central site for agencies and organizations working with DV to collaborate.

  • Domestic Violence Services Network

    • DVSN offers direct services to victims of DV through helpline, court support program, and working with Emerson Hospital. DVSN has an extended amount of providers and resources to give immediate and lasting support to survivors.

  • Hagar’s Sisters

    • Hagar’s Sisters is a faith-based non-profit organization that offers holistic services that empower women to find healing and a new healthy way of life that is free from abuse.They have both an advocacy program as well as a support group program. Hagar’s Sisters also offers resources to prayer lines and opportunities to volunteer. 

  • Rosie’s Place

    • Rosie’s Place’s mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment that helps poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives. They offer emergency services, food and shelter, health and wellness care, advocacy and empowerment for women, and outreach.

  • The Second Step

    • TSS provides services to adults and children survivors of DV. They address the aftermath of DV and offer support from legal assistance, housing, advocacy, case management, and educational training for survivors. 

 

Counseling Services

If financial strain is preventing you from obtaining mental health care, please consider submitting a request through the Benevolent Assistance Form, which provides financial help if you are in need. Though submissions must be approved by the Pastoral Staff and Leadership Team, names will remain anonymous throughout the process. You can email Chris@cornerstoneboston.org for more information. 


  • BIDMC: Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery

    • Offers a range of services including advocacy and crisis intervention, counseling services and support groups, and trainings.

  • Harbor Christian Counseling

    • Provides biblically informed counseling services, but does not accept insurance. HCC does offer a sliding scale for those who are eligible.

  • Lifewise Counseling

    • Provides biblically informed and culturally competent counseling services, with flexible payment options. 

  • Mustard Seed Generation Directory

    • Directory of bilingual Korean-American counselors in the Greater Boston area. 

  • The Women’s Center

    • The Cambridge Women's Center provides a supportive community space for all women by offering opportunities for empowerment, learning, healing, trauma support, and understanding. They offer support groups and community trauma support programs for women.


College Students

Check your College’s Title IX resource page and campus counseling service. 



Books


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