Living the Theme: Resistance

“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can quietly become a power no government can suppress, a power than can transform the world.”
― Howard Zinn, A Power Governments Cannot Suppress

“The likelihood that your acts of resistance cannot stop the injustice does not exempt you from acting in what you sincerely and reflectively hold to be the best interests of your community.”
― Susan SontagAt the Same Time: Essays and Speeches

“Our lives begin to end the day that we become silent about the things that matter.” — Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King


To explore moments in our faith or society when we resisted the mainstream.

To explore resilience as a necessity in resistance.

To renew our individual commitment to justice work.

Taking it Home

The University of Wisconsin’s School of Education produced a list of 50 books for children on peace and social justice. How many have you read? See how many more you can read together.

Do you know about Standing on the Side of Love, the Unitarian Universalist Association’s campaign for justice? Research a variety of justice causes, learn how to support them with your family or congregation, and purchase t-shirts from the campaign. When you attend social justice events, wear your shirts as a sign that you are a UU family working for justice.

Public witness can be about all kinds of issues and topics. Children may be inspired to think of their own witnessing ideas by watching Clara Huff’s series of Kids Witness News videos on YouTube. She witnesses about many different topics, from favorite books to turning twelve.

Visit the Teaching Tolerance organization’s website for many suggestions of activities and lessons for all ages related to justice and social action.

Short video defining justice for children:

Take an inventory of how you spend your money or your time. Does it align with your values in relationship to the justice issues that are important to you? If not, take one small step this month to move in that direction.

Or, are you worn down, tired, and anxious from all the many issues that present themselves? Feeling hopeless or helpless? Take a break, do things that bring you joy and comfort, find a spiritual practice that feeds you and rekindles your spark. Resistance and resilience go hand in hand so don’t forget to give yourself time for both!

Our RE Stories on the Theme

“Speaking Out, Maria Cook, Univeralist Preacher” as told in Faithful Journeys, Tapestry of Faith

“John L. Cashin, Witness for Justice” as told in Signs of Our Faith, Tapestry of Faith