We invite you on this journey of seeking justice for all. Through education, speaking, listening, advocating,empowering, and action, we search for a world that is just for every individual.
When one is to look up the term ‘Social justice’ it is defined as an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. This can be difficult to break down this definition into everyday life. At the Richard Mauthe Center we pursue social justice at the heart of our mission through the development of programs which promote development of people and human dignity. This is done as a community, and the individual gives way to the struggle for social justice in terms of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society. We seek to develop as a community, together in peace, love and respect. If we live by the principles of all encompassing love and respect, we will be at peace instead of fighting for peace.
We seek to achieve this social justice by striving to maintain a balance in equity, participation, access, and rights. The center aims to build a neutral platform for each individual who walks through our doors. Everyone has the right to come in, participate, and ask questions. From the least to the greatest of human needs, we want everyone to have equal opportunity to ask for guidance and support.
At the Center, we would ask that you;
work on your own habits and beliefs
do your research
create movement through programs and projects
volunteer your time and efforts for positive change
Religion and social justice go hand-in-hand. People of all faith, spirituality, and value backgrounds make up our community.
The Bible states, “learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, and please the widow's cause,” (Isaiah 1:17). “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8). The Bible makes social justice a mandate of faith and a fundamental expression of Christian discipleship.From a scriptural point of view, justice means loving our neighbor as we love ourselves and is rooted in the character and nature of God. As God is just and loving, so we are called to do justice and live in love.
The concept of justice in Islam is rooted in God’s Divine nature. The Qur’an states, “Verily, God does not do even an atom’s weight of injustice” (Qur’an 4:40). The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ quotes God as saying, “O My Servants, I have forbidden injustice upon myself and have made it forbidden amongst you, so do not commit injustice.”
In the Buddhist tradition, it has an emphasis on seeing clearly into the nature of suffering and, thus, cultivating compassion, has a strong impetus for active involvement in the world’s struggles. This activist stream of Buddhism came to be called “Engaged Buddhism”— Buddhism energetically engaged with social concerns. It is thought that one should be the peace instead of seeking to make peace.
Calvin P. Van Reken describes his thoughts about Christianity and social justice in his piece “The Church’s Role in Social Justice.” He explains the differences between thinking about the church as an institution and thinking about the church as an organism. He explains that the church is an organism. He reflects a way of thinking about community that encompasses simultaneously both individual and collective approaches to social justice. Individuals’ own faith beliefs may shape their desire to do activist work, but they can come together to pursue social justice.
At the center, we believe that we grow not by having everybody be alike, but by learning from each other. For ourselves, it is diversity that brings growth and new insight. This is true not only among religious traditions, but also within any particular community. No two people are the same. Whether it be in a denomination, a congregation, a family, or even a business, it is diversity that brings growth and new insight.
Religion must be a part of the solution, or it will continue to be a significant part of the problem.
Through an attitude of respect, we recognize that “none of us have received the whole truth as God, a creator, or spiritual way of life knows it; we all have things to learn.” Furthermore, our passionate beliefs as Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhist, Sikhs or whatever else, are received as a gift, not an accomplishment.
Affirming truth in a spirit of humility enables us to respect that others also affirm truth. Through dialogue and by working together, we can find ways to support the common good and resist injustices. It is in this way that we expand our understanding of God’s truth and work together for social justice and peace.
At the center, we are open to learning and seeking to develop our understanding of ourselves and those around us. It is not to conclude if we are right or wrong. It is not an argument to convince another of our truth, or to conclude if the other is right or wrong. It is to seek understanding of ourselves and those around us, to enable us to live as justly as humanly possible, and invite others on this journey too.