What’s Your Calling?: What It Means to Be a Voice of Conscience


Pfleger, Michael




The Rev. Dr. Michael Pfleger, pastor at the Faith Community at Saint Sabina in Chicago, is a tireless advocate for the poor and the voiceless. Father Pfleger gained national notoriety during the 2008 presidential elections for making controversial statements concerning Senator Hilary Clinton. In this clip, Father Pfleger talks about why it's so important to speak up for what you believe in and speak out against that which you don't. “What's Your Calling?” explores issues of leadership, silence, sacrifice, conscience, and how to create change.

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Crisis and ConflictFaith and BeliefJustice and EqualityLeadership and ResponsibilityMotives and ValuesPoverty and NeedPower and PrivilegeSocial and Political ChangeSpeech and ExpressionWork and Vocation

Big Questions

How are our religious institutions and faith-based organizations doing good or not doing good?What would you be willing to give up for equality? What would you not be willing to give up?How does a person become a leader?Where do our values come from? Why do we care about what we care about?What does it mean to have a voice?What does it mean to have a “calling”?

Sample Discussion Questions

  1. Why do you think Father Pfleger emphasizes the importance of “sitting at tables where we're not invited”?
  2. What do you make of Father Pfleger's statement that “Wherever you go, things should change”?
  3. Would you be willing to sacrifice the same things Father Pfleger has (physical safety, family, opportunities, relationships) to speak up for what you believe in?
  4. What drives us to speak up about the issues we care about? What keeps us quiet?
  5. What do you think it means to have a voice of conscience?
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