As far as summer reading goes, you really must read "Prodigal Summer" by Barbara Kingsolver--"Poisonwood Bible" ain't got nothin' on this one! But come to the East Bay where it's sunnier--the July fog just won't cut it as a setting for this amazing novel! I read it almost every summer, trying to read it slowly to absorb the beautiful language and imagery. Also, if you haven't already, read "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by her as well. Non-fiction about her family's adventure of eating almost 100% locally for a year, and it will honestly make you laugh out loud and maybe even cry in some spots. I truly believe this world would be a better place if only we all read more Barbara Kingsolver!
Do you think that taking the message of Jesus seriously should lead one to engage in activism? How would that activism look compared to those who come to engagement from other religious backgrounds or from no religious background? What values and convictions are shared among those who work for social justice from different cultural and religious experience?
How do Wink's creative nonviolent resistance efforts parallel Griffin's call for radical creativity in approaching injustice?
Do Jesus and the legendary community organizer Saul Alinsky seem appropriate to be linked in this essay? Why or why not? What is the "new response" to futility and oppression that Wink discerns in both of their teachings and practices?
How could we apply the kinds of approaches Wink describes to our current time? Or can you think of examples where this is happening? How can we bring the imaginative-and even the outrageous-into political action, without feeding a culture of fear? Is there a clue in Wink's suggestion that we only pursue tactics that we would not mind others pursuing against us?
Wink describes three responses to injustice-violent resistance (or rage), passivity, and creative nonviolent resistance. Can you think of examples in your own life where you've faced an unjust situation? How did you respond? What lessons does Wink offer for creative responses in personal or political life?
How valuable is the practice of "turning the other cheek"? Do you think it can successfully shame the powerful? Why do pacifists get criticized
for failure of courage... Doesn't turning the other cheek in fact require great courage?