Thoughts from the videos from Week 8:
Session 8.1: Introduction to Social Justice (Bob Ekblad)
What is the Biblical basis for social justice and advocacy, and what does that look like in contemporary life?
- Child soldiers, slaves, prostitutes, trafficking, etc. are huge issues.
- Death penalty in US, homeless, prisoners, asylum seekers etc. need advocacy
- Gen 1:27-28 (in God’s image)
- Gen 1/Ps 8 (All creation EXCEPT HUMANS under human dominion)
- Gen 1:1-2 (God present in darkness)
- Gen 3-4 (God clothed/sought Adam, Eve, Cain, etc.)
- Exod 1 (God blesses midwives with doomed baby boys)
- Exod 2-3 (God knows, hears, sees oppressed)
- Isaiah 58 (homeless poor – religious practice that doesn’t include them)
- Gen 16 (Hagar)
- Gen 18:16-33 (Abraham for Sodom/Lot)
- Jesus in the incarnation = most radical example
Session 8.2: Basis of Advocacy
- A God who sees/hears the cries
- Following the flow of God’s heart (love, not anger) (Exodus 6:1-8)
- God chooses the weak and humble as his agents (Isaiah 42: 1, 6-8a, 18-22)
- God recruits those on the margins to become a light to the nations (chooses murderer – Moses – as liberator of the people of Israel)
Session 8.3: Advocacy in the New Testament
The writer of Matthew – a number of women appear (in the genealogy)
- Tamar (Gen 38) – incest
- Rahab – prostitute
- Ruth – Moabitess
- Bathsheba – possibly Hittite
- Mary (pregnant with the Holy Spirit, visited by the Angel)
- John the Baptist (murdered for critiquing Herod)
- Jesus as Prototypical Advocate (Luke 4) – compassion, taking authority of the devil
- Holoy Spirit as Advocate – Defender – Comforter
Session 8.4: Social Justice and Advocacy Today
Talking about experience with his charity, esp working with illegal immigrant workers.
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.