What is Social Justice?

On Wednesday, February 3, a subgroup formed by Partners in Renewal led a discussion in the Chapel focused on social justice. This subgroup is working on the portion of the Mission Action Plan that will guide our congregation as we seek to "fully engage our neighbor" - the third phrase in our Mission Statement. The subgroup offered some definitions prior to the group discussion:

Social justice is the promotion of a just society by challenging injustice and valuing diversity

Social justice exists when all people share a common humanity and, in turn, have a right to equitable treament, support for their human rights, and a fair allocation of community resources.

What is the difference between mercy and social justice?
Mercy: benevolence, compassion, kindness, forgiveness
Justice: fairness, equailty, moral rightness, decency

During the discussion, attendees identified a range of social justice issues in our community:

  • living wage
  • healthcare
  • affordable housing
  • payday lending
  • food deserts
  • access to higher education
  • education disparities between schools and districts
  • environment
  • criminal justice system
  • children who are marginalized

Social justice will be the focus of two upcoming Wednesday night programs on April 6 and April 13. Look for more information in the April edition of The Immanuel Light.