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  • Lesson 1: Rethinking Social Justice

    What’s the best way to seek social justice? It’s a popular idea, but often little understood. That can lead to efforts that fail to help—and can even hurt—those in need. This lesson explores the underlying causes of poverty and social breakdown. These problems aren’t just material. Broken relationships are the heart of the matter.

  • Lesson 2: Cultivating Justice From the Ground Up

    How can broken relationships be restored? Better yet, how can we prevent brokenness in the first place? Lesson two tells the inspiring story of how the lives of one family in need were transformed. Learn about the surprising role that a healthy marriage and personal friendship can play in seeking social justice.

  • Lesson 3: Serving the Whole Person

    What role can local churches play in seeking social justice? A larger one than you might think. One congregation in Florida shows how effective the transforming power of faith can be, both inside and outside sanctuary walls. Learn how churches and ministries can play a role on the frontline of serving those in need and advancing social justice.

  • Lesson 4: Restoring Dignity & Purpose

    What creates economic opportunity for those in need? A key dimension of human well-being is the freedom and ability to work, earn, and give, and a just society encourages hard work and economic growth for job opportunities. In this lesson, see how one ministry helps prisoners to value work and hold down jobs as they reenter society.

  • Lesson 5: Maintaining the Social Conditions for Justice

    Government plays an important role in a just society, but it doesn’t bear sole—or even primary—responsibility for justice. Through the story of a victim of human trafficking, lesson five explores what government does well, what it should leave to the other spheres of society, and how we can discern the difference.

  • Lesson 6: Breaking Ground

    Lesson six shows how the previous stories and lessons fit together to form a framework for seeking social justice. Join others and make the commitment to apply these ideas in your own neighborhood, campus, or community.

Featured Persons

The video lessons contain commentary from leaders across the country who think deeply about justice and engage human need in their communities. Learn about who they are and what they do in these brief biographical sketches.

Bonus Footage

Want to hear more from the experts featured in the videos? You’ll find the best footage from their interviews in these extended clips, which include discussion of their own background and work in seeking social justice.