Session One: Prophetic Resistance
What do we mean by Prophetic Resistance? Why do we need theological and ethical practices in the work of organizing? This first of six sessions introduces the big concepts and key terms we will be exploring over the course of this Theology of Resistance formation series, including Theology, Empire, Prophets, and Resistance. Clergy leaders will be introduced to the movement of the Theology of Resistance model and have a sense of how PICO’s organizing work serves our theological and ethical convictions.
ENCOUNTER – 30 min
LISTEN: (excerpt 1:56 to 14:48) Ben McBride tells the story of his awakening to injustice and how to disrupt it through organizing
DISCUSS: How has Rev. Ben’s faith changed in the last few years? How has his understanding of God and his ministry changed? In what ways does his faith inform his work today?
DISRUPT / REIMAGINE – 45 min
PRESENT: Key Terms (theology/empire/prophets/resistance)
DISCUSS: Define the key terms as a group and chart their relationship to each other. i.e. What role does theology play in prophetic leadership? What does empire have to do with resistance?
ACT – 15 min
REVIEW: How do you see the Theology of Resistance praxis model at work in your federation organizing? In your religious leadership?