Date of Award

Spring 5-6-2022

Document Type

Honors Project

University Scholars Director

Dr. Christine Chaney

First Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Sara Koenig


biblical studies, justice, feminism, civil rights, LGBTQ+


Over the course of the last century, there have been three identifiable social justice movements within America that have had implications for both broader society and the church: abolition and Civil Rights, feminism, and LGBTQ+ inclusion. The American church has often treated these societal shifts as cultural trends that are in opposition to the desires of God, however, these shifts can conversely be seen as evidence of the ways that the Holy Spirit is presently working within society to move the culture and the church toward God’s ultimate will for liberation and justice on Earth. These social justice movements that push us towards equity are situated within what God has already done, what God is presently doing, and what God is revealing.


A project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Scholars Honors Program.

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