Spiritual Activism: Leadership as Service (Paperback)

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Over the past half century the issues facing activists have changed, as has our understanding and awareness of spirituality. For activists, spiritual philosophy is rising up the agenda because it offers distinct, tried and tested approaches to deep questions: Where did it all go wrong? What does it mean to be human? What is the place of leadership? What is the nature of power?

The book begins by defining spirituality for a modern audience of all faiths and beliefs, and goes on to consider the problems and necessities of true leadership. Drawing on a rich history of spirituality and activism, from The Bhagavad Gita, to the Hebrew prophets, to Carl Jung, it is both guide and inspiration for people involved in activism for social or environmental justice.

The text is enriched with tales from the authors’ own experiences. It contains case studies of inspirational spiritual activists (including Mama Efua, Desmond Tutu, Gerrard Winstanley, Sojourner Truth and Julia Butterfly Hill), which demonstrate the transformative power of spiritual principles in action.

About the Author


Alastair McIntosh is a Scottish writer, scholar, broadcaster and activist on social, environmental and spiritual issues, raised on the Isle of Lewis. A Fellow of the Centre for Human Ecology, an Honorary Fellow in the School of Divinity at Edinburgh University, and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the College of Social Sciences at Glasgow University, he holds PhD in liberation theology and land reform from the University of Ulster.

He has written numerous books. Soil and Soul has been described as "world changing" by George Monbiot, "life changing" by the Bishop of Liverpool and "truly mental" by Thom Yorke of Radiohead.

He now lives in Govan where he is a founding director of the GalGael Trust for the regeneration of people and place. A Quaker, he lectures around the world at institutions including WWF International, the World Council of Churches, the Russian Academy of Sciences and the UK Defence Academy (on nonviolence). He regularly presents Scottish Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4 and is renowned for his activist victories on the isles of Eigg and Harris.

Matt Carmichael is a climate activist, English teacher, writer and homemaker with a degree in theology from Durham. He was a founder board member of Schumacher North and is the creator of the Delta Course; an intensive course on spirituality for groups of people from any or no religious background. He blogs at deeperdarkness.net

Praise For…


“The great unspoken in Western political life is the loss of our culture sense’s of the sacred. Many people who work to change our politics or economics come to realise the deeper, spiritual underpinnings of their work, yet don’t know how to articulate it, even to themselves. This book offers a brave, bold and very timely guide to doing just that. If you think you want to change the world, you need to read it.”  

- Paul Kingsnorth of The Dark Mountain Project, author of One No, Many Yeses: A Journey to the Heart of the Global Resistance Movement -


Product Details
ISBN: 9780857844149
ISBN-10: 0857844148
Publisher: Green Books
Publication Date: May 26th, 2016
Pages: 224
Language: English