What do we talk about when we talk about social justice? Rabbi Robert Marx, the founder of JCUA, said it clearly that “justice involves going beyond yourself.” To be invested in correcting the ills of society and righting the inequalities that are so pervasive, one needs to see beyond his or her own life and perspective. It is in those experiences where we transcend our own boundaries that we come to know the other and by so doing realize the shared humanity that links us all. One such evening was at the DuSable Museum of African-American History, “Question Bridge: Black Males – Mother to Son: A Frank Discussion and Letters of Love” was a moving, inspiring and transcendent experience.
We joined our community partner, Fierce Women of Faith, at the event to hear the stories of anguish, despair, hope and triumph. We listened and let the narratives shared enter our hearts and minds. It was a humbling and profound experience to be a part of that intimate space. In the work of social justice one must “go beyond” their own personal experiences. JCUA is committed to continuing the prophetic work of listening directly to the impacted communities throughout our city and partnering together to bring about transformative change.