A weird but simple question:
What should campus ministries’ responses be to student “protest actions”?
I recognize such things aren’t as common as they were back in the 70s, but at some schools (like Berkeley) and on some occasions, they still occur. While we were in Brazil, in fact, a protest seemed to be taking place daily at the University of São Paulo’s Law School. Apparently the head of the school had moved the law library to a building the students didn’t feel was suitable. (That’s pictured below and to the right.)
I’ve personally seen protests over worker wages a couple of times, I think (like at UC Santa Cruz, above). And I did indeed get to see a tree-sitter in Berkeley. Not sure what he was protesting, but I appreciated the opportunity to have the full Golden Bears-tribe experience.
I imagine nearly all Evangelical ministries stay out of such protests, and I think that’s where most of us would lean as far as the counsel we’d give. But with a generation that does lean more strongly toward activism than their Gen X-cestors… and with some causes that certainly might be worth supporting… and with a heart for students… but also a heart for integration with the campus as a whole… it’s just something worth wondering.
Any thoughts? Would involvement in student activism ever be right, good, wise, best?