How to Preach A Justice Sermon: What Works and Doesn’t Work for Clergy and Congregations on Long Island

How to Preach a Justice Sermon

In this resource by Long Island Jobs with Justice, you will find practical tips and concrete examples to help you preach about justice and organize your congregation around a religious, countercultural vision of economic justice.

The resource details the following qualities of a good justice sermon:

  • Did the sermon touch people where they are and move hearts to compassion?
  • Did the preacher convey care and concern for the congregants?
  • Did the sermon connect Scripture to the congregants' fears and anxieties, and then move them to compassionate care for others' fears and anxieties?
  • Did the sermon help congregants understand what spiritual gifts they are lacking?
  • Did the sermon connect the Bible with the newspaper so that congregants came away from a sermon with an understanding how Scripture relates to current events in the larger world?
  • Did the sermon help congregants understand the core nature of fairness?
  • Did the sermon help congregants understand the systemic causes of injustice and move them to follow the sermon with actions for justice?