For Steve Chase, being a faithful friend and follower of Jesus has always meant being engaged in nonviolent revolutionary work to bring about a beloved community which embodies spiritual wisdom, social justice, and ecological sustainability. His understanding of this call is informed by the Jewish prophets, Jesus, early Quakers, the life example of Martin Luther King, Jr., and by decades of reflection on his own and other people’s stories of working to help heal and repair the world. In this pamphlet, written in part as a response to the Kabarak Call for Peace and Ecojustice, Steve distills the core features of the spiritual call to faithful activism and urges us to rise above the understandable, but debilitating, sins of denial, despair, and distraction. Discussion questions included.
About the Author(s)
Steve Chase is a member of Putney Friends Meeting in Vermont and a longtime Quaker educator, activist, and writer. He is the author of Letters to a Fellow Seeker: A Short Introduction to the Quaker Way as well as Pendle Hill Pamphlets #431, Revelation and Revolution: Answering the Call to Radical Faithfulness and #445, Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions? A Quaker Zionist Rethinks Palestinian Rights. He has published several articles in Friends Journal and is a frequent speaker at Quaker gatherings. He has directed the Education Department at Pendle Hill and served as Pendle Hill’s first Online Education Coordinator. Steve is currently the Manager of Academic Initiatives for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict in Washington, DC, and is a member of the Quaker Palestine Israel Network.
Pendle Hill Pamphlet #431