Human Flourishing: No Innocent Bystanders

Becoming an Ally in the Struggle for Justice

With rejoicing, Human Flourishing I prepares to read its final book: No Innocent Bystanders. This book introduces us to allyship – a healthy approach for entering relationships with differently-privileged people. The authors will also describe healthy ministries that invite all parties in a relationship into growth (or, as we now say, “flourishing”). There are no prerequisites. If allyship is something that intrigues you, c’mon!

The Rev. Dr. Danielle Tumminio, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology, at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, will be our guest lecturer as we close out our learning and begin community engagement.

More about No Innocent Bystanders: Becoming an Ally in the Struggle for Justice by Shannon Craigo-Snell and Christopher J. Doucot:

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.


Discussion questions at the end of each chapter make it a highly practical book for study and leadership groups.


-Westminster John Knox Press

We will begin No Innocent Bystanders on May 18, 2021; the book is available on Amazon in both print and electronic formats. There are no prerequisites to this conversation. If you’re interested in joining the Human Flourishing conversation, please come and learn with us.

To learn more about our Human Flourishing book studies and discussions, click here