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Prophetic Activism


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The first broad comparative examination of progressive religious activism in the United States

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Acknowledgments Acronyms and Abbreviations 1 An Introduction to Prophetic Activism 2 Identifying the Qualities of Prophetic Activism 3 Organizing in Borderlands Communities 4 Religious Organizing for Worker Justice 5 Immigrant Rights Activism 6 Peacemaking 7 Global Justice Organizing 8 Conclusions Notes Index About the Author

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Helene Slessarev-Jamir is the Mildred M. Hutchinson Professor of Urban Studies at the Claremont School of Theology. She is the author of The Betrayal of the Urban Poor.


"Prophetic Activism provides an informative portrait of left-leaning religious activism. Those who want to better understand what that activism looks like-its major organizations, its strategies and tactics, its similarities to and differences from secular activism, and, most importantly, its potential and limits-will learn much by reading this book."

-Mark Chaves,author of Congregations in America

"Prophetic Activism could be called `Groups That Make a Difference,' like Sider and Unruh's Churches That Make a Difference. It stands out because it analyzes change-groups with goals ranging from worker justice to immigrant rights, peacemaking, and global justice, identifying strategies that bring healing to a nation whose soul badly needs healing. Enormously instructive for people who know we need change for human rights in a big way, one victory at a time. This work shows that Evangelicals, too, have become increasingly active, with crucial biblical interpretation."

-Glen Stassen,Fuller Theological Seminary
"Rooted in scripture and transcendent faith, and defying the staid expectations of analysts and pundits--this is why faithful activism will always be more interesting than a candidates' debate."-Julie Polter,Sojourners Magazine

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