It was suggested to me that I did not make the current series clear, so I would like to do so. We will be discussing social justice issues through the lens of the ethic of love we discovered in the Gospel of John. In particular, we will be looking at how God’s love – mutual self-giving and self-revelation – deconstructs systems of power that divide, oppress, and destroy. How does love construct a just world? And how do we participate in that? Or hinder it?
The series will be six weeks: last week’s introduction, four “issue” weeks, and a conclusion which will take the form of a decision-making workshop. In looking at these select issues, we will consider how the boundaries we draw around people – race, class, gender, sexuality, etc. – construct the web of relationships in which we live. Who wins and who loses when we do?
Here’s the tentative schedule:
July 1 – Introduction
How can love deconstruct power and create justice?
July 8 – The Earth
How do we relate to the earth and how does that frame our relationship with everything else? How (and why) do we divide it up and fight over it?
July 15 – The Alien
How do we relate to the people “over there,” especially when they come “over here”?
July 22 – The Neighbor
How do we relate to the people all around us? Who do we consider to be our neighbor and why?
July 29 – The Other
How do we divide ourselves from the people closest to us, in our families and our friendships? How do we decide who is “the other”? And do we have to?
August 5 – Decisions
As a church, how and where do we direct the resources that we have to create a more just world?