St. John St. James Church, Roxbury

August Study Group Discussion Topic: Social Activism and Non-Violence (Part 2)

The July Study Group article focused on social activism and non-violent action, inspired by the deaths of civil rights activists John Lewis and CT Vivian. Both were exemplars of the concept of non-violent action, with emphasis on action to address injustices and on non-violence as the means to accomplish these goals. This concept is most recently highlighted in Michelle Obama's quote: "When they go low, we go high" and in many other words and actions in these days.

As a challenge, search for a favorite verse or quote that exemplifies the spirit of non-violent action. To start, look at the following:

James 3:17-4:1:

"But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace."

Romans 14:17-19

"… for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another."

In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
- Mahatma Gandhi

August 22, 2020