No Innocent Bystanders

Becoming an Ally in the Struggle for Justice

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Shannon Craigo-Snell, Christopher Doucot
  • Louisville, KY: 
    Westminster John Knox Press
    , October
     144 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


The struggle for justice is ongoing. In answering the biblical call to act justly and love mercifully, can Christians cross lines of privilege to walk humbly not only with God but with their marginalized neighbors as well? No Innocent Bystanders looks at the role of allies in social justice movements and asks what works, what doesn't, and why. It explains what allies legitimately can accomplish, what they can't, and what kind of humility and clarity is required to tell the difference.

This book is a start-up guide for spiritual or religious people who are interested in working for social justice but don't know how or where to begin, drawing on the lessons of history, the framework of Christian ideas, and the insights of contemporary activists. It offers practical guidance on how to meaningfully and mindfully advocate alongside all who struggle for a more just society.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Shannon Craigo-Snell is professor of theology at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Christopher J. Doucot is cofounder of the Hartford Catholic Worker community in Hartford, Connecticut.


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