Justice not Access: transforming institutions through a commitment to each other
As I seek to transform the church, is it enough to ask that my voice is represented in decision-making?
Institutions often offer “access” or inclusion of constituency groups as an ultimate target. However, activists are often discouraged when members of a previously excluded group are “at the table,” yet meaningful change does not occur. This logic causes constituency groups to compete with each other for influence and funding, where prevailing policy structures are empowered by the consent to their authority caused by competition between the groups it seeks to exclude. What would it look like to seek just
institutions, rather than inclusion in unjust institutions?