In this Encounter, Dr. Townes speaks to the destructive human tendency to experience feelings without knowledge.
Rev. Dr. Emilie Townes is the Dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School.
Use these questions for individual reflection or for a group discussion about Emilie Townes' video, "Feelings Without Knowledge."
How can you harness passion to be productive and not damaging?
What moments in your life have you felt that your passion has taken your compassion or knowledge hostage? How did you grow from this experience?
Why is it important to have difficult conversations with people of conflicting viewpoints? How can you participate in these conversations with a true desire to learn?
How can you listen and appreciate the stories of people who are affected by oppressive situations? In what ways does this listening help you work alongside others for equality?
What questions need to be asked before trying to help others?
What steps need to be taken before acting on important social issues?
This Action offers resources to learn more about being an ally with groups and communities working for social change.
Are you concerned about oppression and inequality, but don't know how you can get involved with efforts for social change? The resources below offer information on how to be an ally with social groups and oppressed communities as they work towards equality. As Emilie Townes reminds us in "Feelings Without Knowledge," it is necessary to listen to the groups we want to help before we can actually help.