Prophetic Activism: Progressive Religious Justice Movements in Contemporary America

Prophetic Activism: Progressive Religious Justice Movements in Contemporary America

by Helene Slessarev-Jamir, Elizabeth Spearing
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814741231

ISBN-13: 9780814741238

Pub. Date: 06/13/2011

Publisher: New York University Press

While the links between conservative Christians and politics have been drawn strongly in recent years, coming to embody what many think of as religious activism, the profoundly religious nature of community organizing and other more left-leaning justice work has been largely overlooked. Prophetic Activism is the first broad comparative examination of

Overview

While the links between conservative Christians and politics have been drawn strongly in recent years, coming to embody what many think of as religious activism, the profoundly religious nature of community organizing and other more left-leaning justice work has been largely overlooked. Prophetic Activism is the first broad comparative examination of progressive religious activism in the United States. Set up as a counter-narrative to religious conservatism, the book offers readers a deeper understanding of the richness and diversity of contemporary religious activism.

Helene Slessarev-Jamir offers five case studies of major progressive religious justice movements that have their roots in liberative interpretations of Scripture: congregational community organizing; worker justice; immigrant rights work; peace-making and reconciliation; and global anti-poverty and debt relief. Drawing on intensive interviews with activists at all levels of this work—from pastors and congregational leaders to local organizers and the executive directors of the national networks—she uncovers the ways in which they construct an ethical framework for their work. In addition to looking at predominantly Christian organizations, the book also highlights the growth of progressive activism among Jews, Muslims, and Buddhists who are engaged in reinterpreting their religious texts to support new forms of activism.

Religion and Social Transformation series

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814741238
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
06/13/2011
Series:
Religion and Social Transformation Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
287
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Acronyms and Abbreviations ix

1 An Introduction to Prophetic Activism 1

2 Identifying the Qualities of Prophetic Activism 35

3 Organizing in Borderlands Communities 67

4 Religious Organizing for Worker Justice 97

5 Immigrant Rights Activism 131

6 Peacemaking 167

7 Global Justice Organizing 199

8 Conclusions 231

Notes 237

Index 261

About the Author 277

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