I believe that people are willing to be agents for social justice and change for two reasons. First, and most common, is they experience injustice, discrimination, and other forms of violence and abuse and have the wisdom to challenge and counter such experiences for themselves and the community. Second, more difficult and what I believe is at the core of faith based justice work, is the deep and authentic empathezing with another’s experience of injustice, discrimination and other forms of violence and abuse. Howard Thurman writes:
The place where the imagination shows its greatest power as the agent of God is in the miracle which it creates when one person, standing where they are, is able, while remaining there, to put themselves in the other person’s place.