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Share the story "The Good Samaritan," which is likely familiar to participants. Invite participants to think about this story in a different way. Have them move into groups of three and ask them to consider the questions you have posted on newsprint. Allow ten minutes for small group work.
After ten minutes, re-gather the large group and invite brief comments and observations about the small group conversations. Note that the questions named some, but not all, of the ways a person could respond to the situation faced by the Samaritan and the other passers-by. There is more than one way of doing the work of bringing justice into the world.
Invite the group to consider what we mean when we say "social justice." Lead the group to brainstorm a list of ideals that inspire social justice work, and write these words on a blank sheet of newsprint in a "word cloud" format. These might be words like "fairness", "compassion," and "peace." Allow two or three minutes for this brainstorm. Post the sheet of newsprint.
Now invite the large group to respond to the following questions:
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Last updated on Saturday, December 10, 2011.
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