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5. Parting Shot


In the nineteenth century, the little village of Clapham in England was home to a group of friends who tackled the tough issues of their day. Their opponents called them the “Clapham Sect”—and the name stuck. Many of these friends were ministers or politicians, and one was a playwright. Each person had different strengths and skills, which made for a pretty powerful community.

Clapham was beautiful and peaceful—the kind of place you might go to get away from the craziness of life. But things weren’t always tranquil in Clapham. As a matter of fact, when certain issues came up, things could get very tense! Members of the sect often discussed the key political ideas of the day. When they disagreed with one another, they debated. But when they agreed, they went out and fought for change together.

One issue they agreed on was the abolition of the slave trade. Members of the sect often met together in the home of William Wilberforce or Henry Thornton—two of their leaders—to discuss the issue. As a young man, Wilberforce decided his faith would impact what he did with his life.

Fighting slavery became one of his main goals.
These friends also shared something else in common: They were all evangelical Christians. Their faith was what motivated them to change things. They weren’t satisfied when they knew others were suffering if they thought they had the power to help. They accomplished many things together: sending out missionaries, establishing what we now call Sunday schools, and other efforts to improve society. But they are most known for the abolition of the slave trade.

They also worked to develop and support a colony of freed slaves living in Sierra Leone, Africa. The people of Clapham didn’t just involve themselves in problems in their immediate neighborhood; they were willing to help people they’d never met, or people who were very different from them. They were like one family, combining their diverse strengths and unified passion to go after what seemed like impossible projects—attacking difficult ills of society with the tenacity of a fleet of battleships.

That’s often how things get done—a group of friends with different talents and a common goal, working together to accomplish something none of them could do alone.

Spend some time thinking and journalling about these questions:
* Is your circle of friends filled mostly with people a lot like you? Why?
* Think about someone you’ve met recently who is very different from you. Why might that person be interesting to get to know? What could you learn from that person?
* Do you seek out conversations about important issues that impact you or the world, or do you avoid such discussions? How about discussing your faith and how things are going between you and God?
* Have you ever tackled something with a community of people? How was the task made easier by working together? Were there ways that working together made it harder? How?
* Is it possible to have different groups of friends for different purposes in your life? Explain what that looks like.
Taken from “Be the Change” by Zach Hunter, copyright 2006, Youth Specialties/Zondervan. Used by permission.


~ Zach Hunter Resources
Check out some of Zach’s video interviews, and read articles about him at the Youth Specialties Web site. http://www.youthspecialties.com/zachhunter

~ The Justice Mission Web Site


Humans are the only animals that chew gum


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, TNIV


There are 3 kinds of people: those who can count & those who can’t.

copyright 2007 :: Youth Specialties


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