Activity 2: Guilty of Innovation - Francis David

Activity time: 10 minutes

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • Read the story and prepare to tell it or read it aloud.

Description of Activity

Read or tell the Francis David story. Then, lead a discussion with these questions:

  • In what different ways did people exercise leadership in 16th century Transylvania? What kind of power and authority did King John Sigismund have? Giorgio Biandrata? Francis David?
  • At what points was David speaking from a position of mattering?
  • When was he marginalized?
  • What were the primary concerns of Biandrata? David? To what end did Biandrata exercise his leadership skill? To what end did David exercise his?
  • What were the outcomes-short- and long-term-when the leadership system moved from protecting voices of dissent and disagreement to marginalizing and suppressing those voices?
  • Does this story from the Unitarian side of our tradition offer any insight about how leaders today deal with voices on the margins, especially when they threaten institutional stability?

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