Sustaining Hope in an Unjust World

Sustaining Hope in an Unjust World❴Reading❵ ➷ Sustaining Hope in an Unjust World Author Timothy Charles Murphy – Where is God when we're losing the fight In our faithful work toward building a better world we may often feel we're losing the battle The poor get poorer the vulnerable continue to be abused and just Where is God in an ePUB ↠ when we're losing the fight In our faithful work toward building a better world we may often feel we're losing the battle The poor get poorer the vulnerable continue to be abused and justice for all is a distant dream No matter Sustaining Hope PDF/EPUB ² how hard we work nothing changes Somedays we wonder if God is even still with us in the fight.

Timothy Charles Murphy in an ePUB ↠ is a minister theologian activist He is the Senior Pastor at Plymouth Congregational Church in Fort Wayne IN and former Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion and Politics at Claremont School of Theology.

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  • Paperback
  • 128 pages
  • Sustaining Hope in an Unjust World
  • Timothy Charles Murphy
  • 17 July 2014
  • 9780827235434

12 thoughts on “Sustaining Hope in an Unjust World

  1. Pamela says:

    This excellent book is written in a Christian context of activism but it has plenty to say to all religions and to the secular reader From the personal stories to the description of the vision for justice in the world Murphy puts us into the true news and describes with researched accuracy the issues at hand He challenges the reader to look at their own potential for being a change agent in the world Great bibliography which would impress a scholar but the writing is clear and Murphy is down to earth Murphy gives lots of cues for our own further reference and ways to serve the world He is authentic in his tone honest in the good news bad news and yet always maintaining hope It is a book that you will want to read study return to and reread As a Minister of Pastoral Counseling the book is a good reference for Spiritual Direction what is the meaning of service and how does one serve I particularly like the mention of the essential and basic need for the conversion of the heart a transformation in how people see themselves and others p 76 I also liked the acknowledgement that sometimes baby steps are our only option in busy lives

  2. Jacob Kiper says:

    It's a treat to pick up a book authored by a college classmatefriend Timothy Murphy is pastor who takes a strong interest in social justice activism I distinctly remember sitting with Tim at lunch while in college and discussing social issues At the time we were rather diametrically opposed in our views as my heart was rather hard and closed off Today we are much closely aligned Murphy's book is an excellent read for any Christian who is interested in social justice activism

  3. Robert D. Cornwall says:

    Pursuing justice in the world can be a fulfilling experience but it can also be frustrating It always feels as if we move a couple of steps forward and then move back three or steps The world we live in is filled with injustice There are so many causes to join that it's easy to become overwhelmed and then maybe a bit cynical Whether it is immigration climate change racism sexism heterosexism economic ineuality there are causes to join than there are hours in the day We may feel compelled to act but then we become paralyzed by the immensity of the problems around us This is especially true at this moment in history when the government of the United States is mired in a Constitutional crisis and extremist parties are taking hold around the world Populism is the name of the game and the forms it takes tend to be authoritarian So what's a person to do as a result? Numerous books have been written and numerous books will be written about how to engage in social justice There will books written that will guide us as to how to root our actions in our spiritual traditions All of this is good I've even tried my hand at it myself Among those who have taken up the gauntlet is Timothy Murphy a United Church of Christ minister and activist Writing out of his own experiences as a Christian and activist Murphy offers us a vision of how we might become engaged and stay engaged The subtitle of the book catches the drift how to keep going when you want to give up I know the feeling He writes from what might be called a realist perspective He recognizes that when it comes to social justice winning isn't guaranteed This uncertainty about victory can paralyze Murphy wants us to pursue the dream even though there is no certainty of success I am in agreement with him on this Justice has always come in fits and starts The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s accomplished much but the challenges remain In fact there is evidence that on some issues like voting rights we've been going backwards While this is true should we give up?This is a rather brief book under 120 pages It's accessible That should be expected from a pastor who hopes to preach each Sunday a sermon that connects That should translate into writing of books The expectation is that it will be used by groups as there are discussion uestions along with recommendations for further reading There is much to like about the book though at times I wondered if this was a book rooted in the Christian faith or in radical politics I realize that pursuit of social justice reuires a willingness to entertain radical ideas I'm just not sure that the kingdom of God and democratic socialism are one in the same That being said this wasn't the main themeThe book starts with a description of social activism He notes that the book is written from a progressive vision of church and politics From that he notes there are many causes the progressive agenda Knowing that there are so many possibilities he uses the first chapter to help the reader focus their energies He lays out some of the challenges and then invites us to consider the kind of activist we might be He has short uiz that is designed to help us discern our sense of calling Like most such uizzes its effectiveness is uestionable I know from experience that writing of uizzes and surveys is fraught with difficulties Following that chapter he speaks to some of the issues that call for our attention so that we might make the impossible possible He admits to occasionally tilt at windmills in uixotic activism The uestion that faces those engaged in activism concerns whether to pursue visions no matter how unlikely their achievability or should we pursue something incremental? He finds incrementalism problematic but he offers a case for visionary gradualism by which he means being strategic Do we pursue wins or engage in actions that are well meaning but doomed to failure? I think that Murphy has radical designs but understands that without wins we will walk away At the same time one should continue to give witness to the long term vision He offers Jesus as an example When it comes to the lordship of Jesus the vision is one of service rather than domination Hope is found in participating with God in the transformation of the worldHe offers a chapter that reflects on the suffering of this world which involves developing a theodicy and examining what kind of God we believe in With faithfulness in the midst of suffering chapter 3 comes a call for perseverance amidst injustice chapter 4 This chapter is a call to walk up from our naivete It is an invitation to examine our history and ideologies of whiteness I want to note here that while there is an ideology of whitenesswhite supremacy to be opposed I wonder if there is a way of expressing this that doesn't put up immediate walls of resistance I don't have an answer or an alternative description but I do think that some of the rhetoric though correct can lead to defensiveness that is counter productive Otherwise we may end up preaching to the choir While Murphy wants to expand the conversation at points I did feel as if he was writing for the choir The final chapter addresses the need for the creationdevelopment of communities We need each other if we are to move forward in hope That may be all we accomplish but it may hold the key to long term success There is a recognition here that many of the problems we face do not have easy solutions There are many big problems facing us and we often have only small and inadeuate solutions to offer up Nevertheless even if the solutions are inadeuate something needs to be done One thing that stuck out in this final chapter is the need to draw new people and new energy into the efforts He notes the problem of veteran activists who get frustrated with those who are new to the cause They make it known that they are not impressed by the lateness of these new activists to the table Where were they earlier on? When such attitudes are on display people will get discouraged and walk away Thus if there is to be hope there must be a welcoming attitude With that I agreeI have my uibbles with some of what I find here but I think for many it will be a helpful word Theologically Murphy writes from a Process perspective While I'm not a Process person myself I do share the relational vision of Process I prefer Open Theism That relational vision comes out in the end with the call to participate with God in pursuing the realm of God which involves social justiceactivism

  4. Joey Feldmann says:

    My friend Rev Timothy Murphy has written a compelling book that invites us to imagine how we move toward the Kingdom of God especially when progress feels slow or even backwards moving? In a world where progress toward justice is far from guaranteed how do we keep up the fight?What follows this uestion is a brief but important glance through how justice work is done how it is sustained and the place that faith has in all of this His ultimate conclusion that community of differing types under girds all we do feels both well earned and vitally importantThis is a good book that is well worth your time It is very readable and should inspire your own justice work I heartily recommend it

  5. Nancy says:

    Building on a theme I started with Richard Rohr's book Hope to be a part of a book discussion group on this onewould be a great read for any not for profit or community organizationparticularly those that deal with societal problems

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