Part of what is freaking me out is the duplicity of a social-justice-focused church doing things like a profits-greedy corporation. A little backstory: our church is also a legal entity with a board of directors and corporate identity. That means there is a corporate/business/employer side of our church, and there is a ministry/community side of our church. That also means much of what is found in secular corporations, good and bad, is found on the corporate side of our church.
In an attempt to balance the budget, the corporate/employer side has recently informed some employees they are being downsized. The corporate people making these decisions, some of whom make six-figure salaries, are not taking any kind of pay cut themselves. The people they are letting go have nowhere near that kind of financial cushion, and some are already part-time. I am grieved, because this flies in the face of the social justice messages we hear on Sunday from the ministry/community about “taking care of the least of these” and denouncing corporate greed.
I am grieved, and I don’t know whom to talk to or how I can help change things for the better. (Which is why I am posting here and leaving out details like names, in order to not piss off the lawyered-up corporate side, should they stumble upon my blog.) It makes me want to scream.
I don’t want to leave our church. I like the community and relationships and focus on social justice on the ministry/community side. But the corporate side (involving people from the ministry/community side, I am sure) grieves me. My head hurts from the cognitive dissonance. How can I reconcile these things so my head and heart will stop hurting so much?