Hope Lives: A Companion Guide to Justice

Nov.29 - Dec.20, 2020

Chapter Four

December 20, 2020

At Southridge we like to say that “friendship makes the difference” when we are in relationships with people who are different than ourselves. But what kind of difference should our friendships make? And what are the systemic injustices that are unseen until we walk together in these ‘unlikely’ friendships? Join us as we hear from our friends who are facing injustice and oppression right here in our community, and are inviting us to join them in experiencing the joy of becoming both change-makers and also being changed ourselves.

Chapter Three

December 13, 2020 • Nate Dirks

Martin Luther King Jr. famously wrote “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere…Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” But how do we take steps from a privileged place of being indirectly affected, which is easy to ignore, to really knowing and feeling the impact of injustice? We do it by following the example of Jesus and standing in friendship alongside those being directly affected. Join us as we learn how we can specifically and lovingly accompany people in our community to work against injustice.

Chapter Two

December 6, 2020 • Drew G.I. Hart

You’ve probably heard the expression “keep up or get left behind”. Realizing that all is not right in the familiar and comfortable systems around us, it may seem like the only choice is to forge ahead, leaving everyone else behind. But that can damage not only our relationships, but the very cause that we’re wanting to champion, ostracizing the very community that we’re trying to positively change. So, what if there was another way? What if the God of unity, embodied by Jesus, the Prince of Peace, was calling us to the hard work of not only keeping up with his way of growing justice, but making sure that no one was left behind?

Chapter One

November 29, 2020 • Jeff Lockyer

The news cycles change rapidly enough that, if we try hard enough, we can ignore the issues until they seem to go away. But if we’re being honest with ourselves, we know that people are experiencing injustices that are built into the systems in the world around us, in the Church, and in our own lives of privilege that don’t just go away because we ignore them. In following the example of Jesus in responding as advocates for justice in our context, the question is what better place than here, what better time than now?