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Seeking justice for all – a Pillars guide

Helps groups understand human rights and how to challenge unjust laws

2006 Available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese

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From: Pillars guides

Practical, discussion-based learning on community development for small groups

This guide presents a number of common situations of injustice based on the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It seeks to help people to learn about their human rights and to discuss ways of promoting them in different local situations. Each topic includes Bible references that help us to understand God’s compassion and passion for justice.

Human laws are rarely perfect – they continue to be changed and improved. This guide can help us understand how to challenge unjust laws, to become familiar with our human rights and to promote and defend the rights of others.

Justice is one of God’s characteristics. He cares deeply about the life of every individual. 

We read of this concern throughout the Bible and of how God sent his son Jesus to bring justice. As Christians we need to share this passion for justice. God’s laws are unchanging. They are intended to ensure freedom and justice for each person – whatever their culture or situation. Churches need to share God’s concern for the poor and the oppressed. This guide begins with an understanding of biblical teaching and our calling to challenge injustice, particularly when it affects people who are poor and vulnerable. 

As Christians we should be motivated by love rather than the law. We are called to actively seek justice and uphold other people’s rights while at the same time we may be called to accept injustice against ourselves. This guide seeks to help people to learn about their human rights and to discuss ways of promoting them in different local situations.


  • To increase understanding of God’s heart for justice through Bible study, reflection and discussion
  • To increase the awareness of church and community leaders of their capacity to encourage a positive community response to injustice
  • To develop an understanding of human rights and the content of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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