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How Labor Day can be celebrated in churches

Labor Day Monday is celebrated as Labor Sunday in some faith communities.
Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News Modified: August 29, 2014 at 9:51 pm •  Published: August 31, 2014

On Monday, America will celebrate its 120th Labor Day. Typically marked by end-of-summer barbecues or relaxing days at home, some religious groups are encouraging people to take a moment this weekend for social justice-related reflection and prayer.

Interfaith Worker Justice, an organization that advocates for fair policies in American workplaces, has provided a list of resources for faith communities, which both encourages thoughtful discussions and raises awareness about economic justice campaigns.

"Labor Day weekend provides a unique opportunity for faith communities, workers, worker advocates and the labor movement to rediscover their common bonds: social justice, equality, the common good, dignity and respect of all persons, economic justice, and fair treatment in the workplace," the IWJ website stated.

The United Church of Christ cited IWJ's efforts in a post encouraging churches in the denomination to observe Labor Sunday on Aug. 31.

Sunday is "a day to lift up works, celebrate their contributions and support their struggles. It is also a day to lament and commit ourselves to improving jobs so that every worker has wages, benefits and work hours that allow them to be self sufficient and live lives of wholeness," the article said.

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