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Social Analysis for Systemic Change

The first two resources below from 8th Day Center's "Toward a Spirituality of Justice" a booklet that gives an introduction to a Social Justice process that looks at justice, charity, analysis and action. To see the full booklet, please contact 8th Day Center for Justice at info.8thdaycenter.org.

Two Feet of Justice - Justice and Charity

Justice and charity are both rooted in the social dimension of the gospels. Both reflect the same gospel mandates. The Beatitudes, the Sermon on the Mount, and such parables as the Last Judgment, the Good Samaritan, the Rich Man and Lazarus, the Pharisee and the Tax Collector--these and dozens of comparable passages inspire acts of justice and charity.

Both can be powerful Christian responses to human need. The dividing line between them is often blurred and, in reality, many a response is a dynamic blend of justice and charity. For descriptive purposes, however, some people find it useful to see charity in terms of giving direct aid and justice in terms of correcting structures. -Excerpt from page 1, Toward a Spirituality of Justice.

Click here to see a visual description of the "Two Feet of Justice".

Systems Chart

For good social analysis we must look at the different systems that impact our society. Societal systems can be defined in many different ways, to see the systems chart used by 8th Day Center for Justice please click here. This chart helps us to analyze a situation of injustice, in doing so we begin to see how all the systems are interrelated and impact on another. This chart is meant to be a tool to move communities to action.

Other Resources for Building a Just and Sustainable Society

+ Click to expand | Earth Charter | Visit Web site

The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental ethical principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st Century. It seeks to inspire in all people a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the whole human family, the greater community of life, and future generations. It is a vision of hope and a call to action.

Preamble
We stand at a critical moment in Earth's history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise. To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace. Towards this end, it is imperative that we, the peoples of Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations.

+ Click to expand | Universal Declaration of Human Rights | Visit Web site

On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the text of which can be found by clicking here.

 
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