St. John St. James Church, Roxbury

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

The July Study Group article focused on social activism and non-violent action, inspired by the lives 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 the events of the year 2020.

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

Questions / Ideas to Consider

From the linked articles, do you see any stories or biographies you would like to read more about?

What Bible verse or famous quote can you find that presents the idea of "non-violent action"?

In the second Bible passage above, from Romans 14:17-19 what is meant by "building up of one another?" How do people within a church, community or nation help to build up one another?"

August 22, 2020