Just Spirituality How Faith Practices Fuel Social Action

ISBN-10: 0830837752
ISBN-13: 9780830837755
Edition: 2013
Authors: Mae Elise Cannon
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List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 2/25/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.55" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Throughout history, Christians have been called by God to active engagement in society on behalf of the poor and oppressed. Christian leaders have been instrumental in caring for people who are poor, fighting injustice and advocating for social change. But they have never done so on their own power. Their energy and zeal were fueled by inner spiritual practices that propelled them forward into the world.Activist and historian Mae Elise Cannon explores the direct connection between Christians' personal relationship with God and outward actions of kindness, mercy, compassion and advocacy. She looks at how notable Christian leaders were able to face societal challenges because of the rich depths of their spiritual practices. For example:Mother Teresa's practice of silence compelled her to service.Dietrich Bonhoeffer's prayer life equipped his discipleship.Martin Luther King Jr.'s beloved community empowered his proclamation.Oscar Romero's discipline of submission prepared him to face martyrdom.Biographical profiles of these and other key figures from around the world give us concrete examples of how activism and advocacy can be sustained over the long haul. Cannon also describes modern-day activists who embody the synergy of faith and action, with practical lessons for our own lives.Find yourself spiritually transformed by these examples, and follow in their footsteps in just service to the world.

Mae Elise Cannon serves as senior director of advocacy and outreach - Middle East for World Vision USA. She is a minister, writer and academic who cares deeply about God's heart for the poor and the oppressed. She is the author of Social Justice Handbook: Small Steps for a Better World (IVP, 2009) and Just Spirituality: How Faith Practices Fuel Social Action (IVP, 2013). Cannon is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), was formerly the executive pastor of Hillside Covenant Church in Walnut Creek, California, and has served as director of development and transformation for extension ministries at Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Illinois. Prior to joining World Vision, Mae lived in East Jerusalem and served as a consultant to the Middle East for child advocacy issues for Compassion International. Cannon holds an M.Div. From North Park Theological Seminary, an M.B.A. from North Park University's School of Business and Nonprofit Management, and an M.A. in bioethics from Trinity International University. She is now a doctoral candidate in American History with a minor in Middle Eastern studies at the University of California - Davis, focusing her dissertation on the history of the American Protestant church in Israel and Palestine.

Introduction: Spiritual Practices as Fuel for the Soul
Mother Teresa: From Silence to Service
Dietrich Bonhoeffer: From Prayer to Discipleship
Watchman Nee: From Study to Evangelism
Martin Luther King Jr.: From Community to Proclamation
Fairuz: From Worship to Freedom
Desmond Tutu: From Sabbath to Reconciliation
Oscar Romero: From Submission to Martyrdom
Courage, Joy and Celebration
Acknowledgments
Study Guide
Notes

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