For the past ten weeks I have been a Micah Corps intern for the Great Plains Methodist Conference. Through this internship, my team and I researched social justice topics in the community with individuals who are facing these struggles every day and with organizations who are working to combat those struggles. We traveled through Kansas and Nebraska, where we presented our findings to local churches, and we worked for a week with the General Board of Church and Society in Washington, D.C.
As an Economics major in the school of business, creating ethical business models and working towards a moral economy is a passion of mine. Not only is it important to be educated on social justice issues, but also on how social systems operate in order to develop equitable solutions that do not create additional harm to society. Through this internship, there was flexibility to apply my knowledge and research from class to develop my own independent solutions from the standpoint of the public sector, the private sphere, culture, and the Church as an institution. Although there are many different fields we see as “social justice work,” this is work that everyone is called to do, whether you are a doctor, working in food prep, an attorney, a businessperson, etc. While it is important that the law aids and represents a society of justice, the development of this happens with everyday decisions and actions. You don’t have to wait on the government to start doing social justice, you can start today!
Summer Faith-Justice Intern
Class of 2018
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