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Wisdom Lab: Working Out Justice

Date

Thursday 21 March

Location

LICC, St Peter's Vere Street, London, W1G 0DQ

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‘We want justice.’ 

It’s a simple statement, but it can be one of the most loaded in our language. 

You don’t have to spend long with friends or colleagues or scroll far through social media to find people making passionate pleas for justice to be done for a cause, person, or issue that matters deeply to them. We feel the effects of injustice incredibly strongly, particularly when it’s perpetrated directly against us or those we care about. There’s something innate within all of us that wants to see wrongs made right, victims protected, and the guilty held to account. 

But when it comes to issues like reparations, climate justice, or migration – and their everyday expressions in our spending, office policies, and pub conversations – what counts as ‘wrong’? Who are the victims, and who’s guilty? What does justice actually look like? On these important questions, we find it harder to agree – meaning we often get no closer to achieving justice, even as the shouts get louder. 

As Christians, our view of justice should surely be grounded in what Scripture has to say – and it turns out Scripture has a lot to say about justice. Yet it’s far from simple to apply that biblical picture to the reality of everyday life in the 21st Century, alongside people who may have a very different idea of what justice means. How do we practically follow God’s requirement ‘to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly’, wherever he’s placed us, whatever we’re doing? 

This Wisdom Lab is dedicated to exploring exactly that question. Led by an expert panel of speakers from IJM, Just Love, Tearfund, and LICC, we’ll listen to what our culture has to say about justice and explore how that influences the people around us. Then, we’ll unpack a biblical theology of justice, and think about what that means for how we live and work in our daily lives. Finally, we’ll consider how the justice we seek can be our best witness to a watching world instinctively bent on seeing wrong things made right.