Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Resistance and Transformation: An Adult Program on Unitarian Universalist Social Justice History

Taking It Home: Prophetic, Parallel, and Institutional

We would have every path laid open to Woman as freely as to Man. Were this done, and a slight temporary fermentation allowed to subside, we should see crystallizations more pure and of more various beauty. We believe the divine energy would pervade nature to a degree unknown in the history of former ages, and that no discordant collision, but a ravishing harmony of the spheres, would ensue. — Margaret Fuller, Women of the Nineteenth Century

Reflect on the social justice work you have done in your lifetime. Make a list of all of the different ways in which you have taken a prophetic, parallel, or institutional approach to advancing justice and peace in the world. As you consider your list, ask yourself why, in each circumstance, you chose one approach over another. What factors did you weigh in making your decisions? Are there causes which inspired you to try multiple approaches? As you examine your own history of work on behalf of social justice, are there conclusions you draw or observations you make about your own preferred style and approach? About effective strategy?