One of the joys of working at Interfaith Worker Justice is seeing the nurturing and development of new religious leaders who will go out and do God's work. Another joy is remembering those who spend their lives advocating for the fair treatment and respect of others.
One of those tireless champions was Rev. Emmett Jarrett, whodied in October at the age of 71. Father Emmett was an Episcopal priest who lived at St. Francis House in New London, Connecticut, an intentional Christian community. He had a long history of activism for the homeless and the anti-war movement, and lived a life of service to those around him.
I met Father Emmett several times through the Episcopal Urban Caucus, a group of Episcopal leaders that promotes progressive causes through the national church. I learned a lot in our short meetings - how to be kind and sincere to everyone around you; how to maintain a gentle spirit in often difficult times; and how to engage people in the Church in the work of justice.
I am grateful for his legacy and life, and the opportunity to learn from him. His fundamental belief that we should care for our neighbors is one that I, and all of us in the worker justice movement, will carry on with his memory.