Social justice has really become a hot topic in the recent years – but with good reason. Jesus reminds us of great words from the Prophet Isaiah:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” – Luke 4:18-19
In today's world, we work to build relationships with students, trying to help them live to their full potential of who the Lord has created them to be. When we start to talk about social justice, what we are really talking about is trying to help understand ourselves better, help understand how God created us, and then finding ways to invest into and make a difference in the lives of those around us. Social justice is the ability people have to realize their potential in the society where they live – and then to do something about it.
How do you engage your students with issues of justice and poverty? Brooklyn Lindsey, a great friend of YS, At NYWC she shared some thoughts, stories, and experiences about effectively empowering and emboldening students to take steps toward engaging justice issues – take a look here at what she has to share.
We've also gathered some great resources that can help you out as you seek to help bring this idea of social justice to your students and ministry. If there's something that you are looking for that you cannot seem to find – give us a call and we'll help you out!