Archives For Activism

 

Yesterday (May 9) was the birthday of the late Jesuit priest and poet, Daniel Berrigan. Here are 7 of our favorite poems of his…

 

Like many others during the 1960s, Berrigan’s active protest against the Vietnam War earned him both scorn and admiration. His particular form of militancy and radical spirituality in the service of social and political justice was significant enough, at that time, to “shape the tactics of resistance to the Vietnam War” in the United States. (via Wikipedia)

 

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Our Book of the Month for November is…

Endangered Gospel: How Fixing the World is Killing the Church
By John Nugent

Paperback: Cascade Books, 2016.
Buy now:  [ Amazon ] [  Kindle ]

We will be reading through the book this month, and posting discussion questions as we go. We hope you will read along with us, and share your thoughts and questions. (Or, even better, get a group of people at your church to read through the book together!)

Part 1:
Chapters 1 – 2

Here are some quotes and questions, please use the comments below to share your own thoughts and questions.

Chapter 1: Yearning for a Better Place

Central Questions of the book:

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A Brief Review of

Divine Rebels:
American Christian Activists for Social Justice.
Deena Guzder.
Paperback: Lawrence Hill Books, 2011.
Buy Now:
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Reviewed by Joshua Smith.

There’s a famous scene in Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee’s 1970 play, The Night Thoreau Spent In Jail, in which Henry David Thoreau—a noted author, environmentalist, transcendentalist, and anarchist—sits alone in a moonlit prison, listening to the cry of a loon outside his window. Thoreau, imprisoned for a night in Concord, Massachusetts, in July of 1846, refused to pay taxes for fear of the money being used to subsidize the Mexican-American War. In the play, upon hearing of Thoreau’s incarceration, his friend Ralph Waldo Emerson rushes to the prison in the night. Peering in through the bars from outside the jail, he asks, “Henry, what are you doing in there?” to which a composed Thoreau replies, “Waldo, what are you doing out there?”

Like Thoreau, the activists Deena Guzder describes in Divine Rebels have had enough of the established paradigm, opting instead to stand in the way of injustice, placing their reputations, financial well-being, and even their lives on the line for the sake of their Christian morals. Though Divine Rebels is nonfiction, it flows with an interwoven narrative, connecting the individual stories of “holy mischief-makers,” highlighting Guzder’s superior skills as both a journalist and a story-teller.

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