Pro Deo, Pro Bono
Pro bono means "for the public good." Pro deo means "for God." Urban Dictionary, of all places, provides a longer definition for pro deo, defining it as an action generally "on behalf of other persons in need of urgent aid--such as only those who take their cause in name of God [sic] will provide. It is aid offered in most ernest [sic] faith and brotherhood, never for the least of material gain of any kind." Urban Dictionary then notes that "the phrase has fallen out of fashion--it should, perhaps, be revived."
Here at CLADC, we'd like to help revive the phrase. First Corinthians 10:31 says, "Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." So, as Christian legal aid providers, our pro bono work is commanded to be pro deo.
We just applied to join the DC Consortium of Legal Services Providers, a coalition of 32 organizations dedicated to providing legal services to low-income DC residents. Despite the fact that 65 percent of DC residents still identified as being Christian as of 2014, none of the Consortium's current 32 members has a distinctly Christian mission like CLADC. We hope that our pro deo nature shines and holds strong as we grow and get more connected with our legal aid comrades. While the 32 member organizations may not root themselves in or even associate with Christianity, undoubtedly some of their employees do, and, on some level, they are all doing God's work. Pray that God uses our inclusion in the Consortium for our and the other member organizations' mutual benefit.
Rob Rose, Legal Director