Christian Human Rights Education
The Heart of Human Rights:
Faith-Fueled Advocacy on Issues of Our Day
This year Justice Revival started a special new series of timely, web-based events on the human rights issues of our day. Through this series of virtual events, courageous advocates share compelling stories of their struggles and triumphs for justice in modern-day America. They are joined in conversation by other human rights experts and fellow faith leaders who reflect on the spiritual and theological dimensions of their cause. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the deep inter-connections between Christian faith and human rights, and to understand urgent justice issues facing the United States today.
As people of faith, we cannot profess the sacredness of human life and ignore the ongoing crisis of police killings and excessive force in this country.
June 24, 2021
Voting rights are under attack on the basis of race in the United States. This event featured leading voting rights experts and explore the Christian imperative to defend the right to vote as a fundamental human right.
May 13, 2021
We are all created in God’s image, equal in dignity and worth, but we are not all granted equal rights in the United States.
March 9, 2021
Justice Revival and leading advocates for death penalty abolition discuss why capital punishment offends both the Christian Gospel and the idea of inalienable human rights–and how we can work together to end it for good.
April 20, 2022
Join us for a conversation at the intersection of Christian values and human rights on the topic of domestic violence.
Date coming soon.
This series is supported by the generosity of the Calvary Presbyterian Church Faith in Action Team.
Deep thanks to Deb and Bruce MacLeod of San Francisco, California and Lori and Bill Price of Bellevue, Washington for their generous support of individual events.
Justice Revival provides innovative Christian education on justice and human rights designed specifically for U.S. church communities.
This programming is the first of its kind in the United States. Our flagship course, “Human Rights in Christian Perspective,” surveys human rights from historical, legal, and theological perspectives, emphasizing the rich support for rights in the Christian tradition. It introduces participants to the international law and institutions designed to safeguard human rights. Participants are invited to explore the relationship between their religious values and the human rights ideal, and encouraged to put what they learn into practice.
This flexible, interactive education program can be offered as a series or a workshop for congregants or clergy groups. The course is appropriate across a broad range of traditions and has been offered in African Methodist, Baptist, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Jesuit, and inter-denominational groups. Each session includes reflection on scripture and ideas for further reflection, dialogue, and action.
We provide pioneering Christian education on justice and human rights designed specifically for U.S. church communities. It’s the first of its kind in the United States.
When asked about their most valuable insights from Justice Revival’s course, here’s what participants had to say:
“Awareness of human rights of every individual.”
“How the Christian life and thinking underscores human rights.”
“The importance based on my faith of defending the rights of others.”
“To treat others as equals—more so than before.”
“There is a role for all of us to play.”
“Justice Revival is a gift to the world Christian community. Our ministry serves as a gathering place for church leaders, scholars, and artists from the majority world, and knowing that our global partners often live and work in places where there are serious human rights abuses, we invited Allyson to lead the seminar on “Human Rights in Christian Perspective.” Allyson presents the theoretical material with clarity, depth, and nuance, making space for participants to read this material into their own social, cultural, and political contexts.”
“Allyson helped us navigate through questions of both political and economic rights, Biblical and theological sources, and then finally, how these things translate into real life. I found these ideas exciting and transformative, and immediately picked up one of the books she suggested for further reading. After years of ministry, sometimes it feels hard to get excited about new areas of theology and practice, but this isn’t one of those times. I’m genuinely engaged in this important area now, and I hope that the way I and we do ministry will be permanently changed.”
“Justice Revival is a breath of much-needed fresh air! The classes were informative and inspiring. Allyson prompted us to explore the theological roots of human rights, and to trace their development in America’s history. Her vast knowledge – from Bible stories to Supreme Court decisions – is deep and her Christian interpretation is rich… Each class session resulted in meaningful conversations about justice: what has happened in the world, what is happening now in the U.S. and around the world, and what we, as a Christian community can do about it. I highly recommend her classes to any community dedicated to justice and human rights!”
Human Rights Education for Faith Leaders in Formation
Justice Revival has expanded our Christian human rights education offerings to seminarians, pastors, scholars, and faith leaders in formation.
We are proud to be partnering with the Overseas Ministries Study Center at Princeton Theological Seminary and John Leland Center for Theological Studies. We look forward to teaching our flagship course at Union Theological Seminary in the upcoming academic year.