Study & Action Guides

Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) members at a conference in Tougaloo College in 1965.  SNCC was instrumental in mobilizing black voters against Jim Crow segregation, and voting for Civil Rights legislation.  Christians Ella J. Baker and James Lawson were early leaders of SNCC.  Photo credit:  Unknown | Creative Commons; cropped.



In his Letter from Birmingham Jail, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. referred to the early Christian movement as radical and revolutionary. We seek to recover their thought, activity, and spiritual vitality.

The Guides are designed for small group discussion. They follow the same structure:

(1) an issue that has personal and policy importance;

(2) a comparison between a passage of the Bible and another belief system that highlights how different belief systems perceive or respond to the issue;

(3) suggestions for taking personal and/or policy action.

Our experience is that people who are not Christian appreciate both the issues and the comparison of belief systems. So the Guides are designed to help Christians and non-Christians participate in the discussion.

See also our Christian Restorative Justice section for resources on a full spectrum of issues of policy and power, because Jesus restores God’s vision for relationships. Please contact us with any of your needs for assistance or coaching; we would be glad to help. Kindly let us know about your location and experience. We would like our partners to be part of a learning community where others can ask about your experience.