Welcome to a site dedicated to faith-based activism. We help connect you with the issues, the activists, and the organizations working to make shalom. The work of shalom activism is not, of course, limited to people of faith, but there are few too resources which reach out to faith communities of all sorts.
Isn’t it time for YOU to become an activist?
Isn’t it about time that you put some flesh and bones onto your vaguely held, sincerely intended, notions about the way this world ought to work?
It’s one thing to be “aware” of the issues, to be concerned about all these seemingly disparate things like global warming, torture, terrorism, the drug war, civil unrest in Syria, capital punishment, and Monsanto. Lots of us watch the documentaries and read the blogs which expose us to the important social justice topics.
But it’s quite another to put your boots on the ground and do something meaningful about even one issue. I’m not talking about signing a petition on change.org, or helping your church, mosque, or synagogue pass a resolution; I mean actually getting involved in such a way that there might be real change, with visible results.
That’s where I was a for a number of years. Stuck in a kind of limbo between being inspired by the awareness of gross injustices all around me and being immobilized by the awareness of the vast systems and institutions that make these injustices possible. It didn’t help that I was immersed in a church culture that tended to drive a wedge between social issues and so-called spiritual issues, that insisted “politics don’t belong in the pulpit,” and that quite discouraged pastors from becoming activists.
But everything in my soul resists this kind of thinking. You need to resist it, too.
… Refuse to believe that your faith identity is disconnected from your everyday identity.
… Refuse to compartmentalize your life into spiritual and secular realms.
… Refuse to accept that God is somehow responsible for the world’s injustices.
… Refuse to think that the status quo is acceptable to God.
… Refuse to believe that Jesus wouldn’t speak out, loudly and continually, from pulpits and altars, if he walked the earth today.
… Refuse to separate prayer from public action, and public action from prayer.
… And most of all, refuse to think that you can’t, or don’t have the time to, or don’t know how to, become an activist.
That’s what this new venture is all about.
“For the Common Great” is the name of my new attempt to become a better activist. I’ve been working at this for a few years, learning from experts and listening to those who I really do consider activists. I’m still on the way.
And you need to come with me.