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Getting on Message: Challenging the Christian Right from the Heart of the Gospelby Peter Laarman
Synopses & Reviews
In the 2004 election, 80 percent of those who claimed "moral values" was the most important issue affecting their vote cast their ballots for Bush, as did 63 percent of frequent churchgoers. Since then, the Religious Right has continued to cement an association between "Christian" and "moral" values and conservative policies.
Getting On Message challenges this association from the very heart of the Christian tradition. These readable and incisive essays use biblical framing to discern the personal and social ethics that truly embody Christian values in the contemporary world.
• Marilynne Robinson discusses the link between personal holiness and a generous spirit
• Garret Keizer looks at the growing wealth/class divide from a Christian perspective
• Rev. Heidi Neumark examines hospitality as a core Christian value
• Rev. Chloe Breyer explores a justice criterion for women's decisions on abortion
• Rev. Bill Sinkford asks what really constitutes a God-approved marriage and family
Getting On Message is a book for clergy, for politically active people of faith, and for progressive organizers and strategists who want to learn how to talk to religious believers about the values they share.
Rev. Peter Laarman is executive director of Progressive Christians Uniting, codirector of the Center for Prophetic Renewal in Los Angeles, and a board member of Faith Voices for the Common Good. Before moving to California, Laarman served as senior minister of New York's historic Judson Memorial Church. He worked for twenty years as a strategist and communications specialist in the labor movement prior to training for the ministry.
Table of Contents
Hallowed be your name / Marilynne Robinson — The people of the (unread) book / Bill McKibben — Higher ground the nonviolence Imperative / James M. Lawson, Jr. — When love is stronger than death making peace one heart at a time / Joan Chittister — Easter faith and empire recovering the prophetic tradition on the emmaus road / Ched Myers — A christian response to mass incarceration: Unbind them! / Vivian Denise Nixon — Who is my neighbor? Reflections on our changing neighborhood in the global economy / Rick Ufford-Chase — Women, childbearing, and justice / Chloe Breyer — Burying the executioner's ax A christian rejection of capital punishment / Patrick McCormick — Honoring those who work / Alexia Salvatierra — Whom God hath joined together / Bill Sinkford — Strangers no more / Heidi Neumark — The iPod, the cell phone, and the church discipleship, consumer culture, and a globalized world / Vincent Miller — Putting our money where God's mouth Is, The biblical case for economic justice / Garret Keizer.
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