Friday, April 29, 2016

An Evangelical Vision of Advocacy, Justice and Transformation

"Scripture is filled with examples of God's people being called to speak up and defend the rights of the vulnerable and oppressed. Advocacy is not an option for us; it's a biblical responsibility and an integral part of our discipleship and witness. But advocacy is not easy, and Christians have struggled (and often failed) to do it well. This timely and practical resource offers a robust vision of what faithful advocacy can look like today." -Ben Lowe, activist and coauthor of The Future of Our Faith
Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy is a senior national associate in Bread for the World's Church Relations Department. She is also one of five co-authors of the book Advocating for Justice: An Evangelical Vision for Transforming Systems and Structures. (Three of the four other others are associated with  prominent theological seminaries).

The book will be launched on Friday, June 3, in conjunction with the 2016 Justice Conference in Chicago on June 3-4. The launch will feature a panel comprised of all five authors and moderator Lynne Hybels, founder of Willow Creek Community Church.

Bread for the World will co-lead a pre-conference track on Poverty in America that Friday.

The transformation of systems and structures is an important contemporary concept in the work of justice. It was a central theme of "Changing the World 101: Ending Hunger as a Case Study for System Change," a conference co-sponsored by  Christian Theological Seminary (CTS), Bread for the World and Second Helpings Food Bank in Indianapolis earlier this month. 

Christians are increasingly interested in justice issues. Relief and development work are important, but beyond that is a need for advocacy. [Advocating for Justice] shows how transforming systems and structures results in lasting change, providing theological rationale and strategies of action for evangelicals passionate about justice.   -Baker Publishing Group

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