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"In a radio series I produced long ago, Studs Terkel, the intrepid Chicago radio personality and author, said something like this: "I wake up in the morning and read the papers and say the human species is not going to make it. Then," he continued, "I run into people who are making a difference.." I offer this book to those people, to you, who look upon the carnage of war, the cruelty of poverty, and the destruction of our environment with open eyes and simply say, 'We can and must do better.' This book is for you, the ones who, despite fears and limitations, give hope and courage to all of us by the way you live. It is dedicated to you who have a pestering need to love more boldly and live more courageously so that others might live better lives." - From the Introduction
This collection is designed to inspire and sustain activists and others who are working for a better world. Shick draws on his four decades of activist experience to offer motivation and encouragement to those just starting out as well as reflections and insights to veteran justice-seekers. Brimming with poignant and inspirational quotations and verse from Jesus to Shakespeare to Edna St. Vincent Millay, Rachel Carson and Maya Angelou.
Click here for "Be the change" as excerpted in UU World.
Click here for an article about Be the Change.
Praise for Be the Change
"I love the complexity, depth, and linguistic passion of the poems and meditations. I believe that all ministers need to be poets, just like Jesus, the Buddha, and Lao Tzu were. Be the Change offers strong reflections, full of shadow and awareness, and yet profoundly positive. That is a real trick." -Thomas Moore, author, Care of the Soul and Writing in the Sand
"Steve has drawn from his own richly lived tapestry of spirituality and activism to give us a gift that can soothe, inspire, gently provoke or lead us to contemplation. Be the Change will be at my side for years to come." - Charlie Clements, president and CEO, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
"Stephen Shick has given activists, trouble-makers, and prophetic freedom fighters a thoughtfully crafted gift. We know the best boat in a storm is one with a good keel. That's why we who are committed to creating a just and peaceful world must tend to our spiritual wellsprings." - Nick Carter, president, Andover Newton Theological School
"Steve Schick's Be the Change is a rich resource for social activists who change the world because they change themselves in the process. In a varied collection of short readings, meditations and personal vignettes, Schick effectively links the spiritual and the social, love and justice. He explores many of the dilemmas faced by those who would change the world. Drawing on resources from a variety of cultures, Schick captures the essence of the linkage of spiritual growth and social change. Be the Change would be a valuable addition to any activists library" - Richard S. Gilbert, social justice coordinator, St. Lawrence District
Click here for "Faith Without Illusion", an article by Stephen Shick from The Washington Post.