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Introduction, Session 8: Power (Hammer)

In "Toolbox of Faith," a Tapestry of Faith program

The power to question is the basis of all human progress.

— Indira Gandhi

I became convinced that non-cooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good. No other person has been more eloquent and passionate in getting this idea across than Henry David Thoreau. As a result of his writings and personal witness, we are the heirs of a legacy of creative protest.

— Martin Luther King, Jr., Autobiography

The hammer symbolizes power. In this session, there are opportunities to reflect on the power each of us has to work for good. Sometimes, when we see injustice, we can feel powerless to change it. We sometimes feel that the real power resides with an authority outside ourselves, such as the government. Yet, in fact we can find our own power and use it for good. This session explores the power to seek truth, the power to question authority or the status quo, the power to speak out against injustice, and the power to band together with others who share our values and goals to make a difference for what is good and just.

In leading this session, emphasize that power can be used for good or for evil. In addition, emphasize the distinction between strength and power.

Allow time for participants to engage with the idea of civil disobedience as a strategy to protest a law that is unjust.

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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.

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