“Am I my brother’s keeper?” This is the sarcastic answer that Cain, after killing his brother Abel, famously gives to God in the Old Testament. The reply leaves little doubt about how God sees it: “What have you done? Your brother's blood cries out to Me from the ground!”
Justice is our Whole Souul Living Theme for January, and on the matter of Justice, the ancient scripture answers clearly: “Yes. We ARE each other’s keepers.”
Still, Justice doesn’t lend itself to easy definition. Instead, we tend to frame things in terms of fairness and for the most part we understand instantly when something is unfair. This month in Sunday services, we will consider the spiritual/religious costs of unfair events, but also of unfair systems as we hold up the spiritual/emotional necessity of doing the right thing.
Below are some questions for us to consider individually and communally on the theme of Justice. Over the next couple of weeks, make some time to share and discuss the following with someone else at 1st Unitarian Denver.
• In what ways have you been personally affected by injustice?
• Have these been primarily individual events, systemic circumstances, or both?
• In what struggles for social justice have you been involved?
• What role does social justice play in your religious/spiritual life as a UU?
• Justice is specifically called out in the Principles and Purposes of Unitarian Universalism. How do you articulate the reasons we hold Justice as so central to our faith?
• Who are your social justice heroes? Why?