In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gustierrez

In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gustierrez

by Paul Farmer


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Paul Farmer, an internationally respected physician, and Gustavo Gutiérrez, the Peruvian priest renowned for his contributions to liberation theology, join in an inspiring conversation about life, liberation, and the call to accompany the poor. Dr. Farmer has credited liberation theology as the inspiration for his effort to do “social justice medicine,” while Gutierrez has recognized Farmer's work as a particularly compelling example of the option for the poor, and the practical application of theological principles outside the church. Their friendship and common vision will inspire all who dream and work for a different world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626980501
Publisher: Orbis Books
Publication date: 11/01/2013
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer is the Kolokotrones University Professor, Harvard University; Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; and a founding director of Partners In Health (PIH).

Gustavo Gutierrez, a Dominican priest and theologian from Peru, is widely recognized as on of the preeminent voices of liberation theology. His books include A Theology of Liberation, On Job, We Drink form Our Own Wells, and The God of Life.

Jennie Weiss Block, OP, serves as Chief Advisor to Dr. Paul Farmer.

Michael Griffin teaches theology at Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Indiana.

Table of Contents

Foreword Father Bruno Cadoré, OP vii

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction Jennie Weiss Block, OP Michael Griffin 1

1 Reimagining Accompaniment: A Doctor's Tribute to Gustavo Gutiérrez Paul Farmer 15

2 Saying and Showing to the Poor: "God Loves You" Gustavo Gutiérrez 27

3 Health, Healing, and Social Justice: Insights from Liberation Theology Paul Farmer 35

4 Conversion: A Requirement for Solidarity Gustavo Gutiérrez 71

5 Conversion in the Time of Cholera: A Reflection on Structural Violence and Social Change Paul Farmer 95

6 The Option for the Poor Arises from Faith in Christ Gustavo Gutiérrez 147

7 Reimagining Accompaniment: An Interview with Paul Farmer and Gustavo Gutiérrez Daniel G. Groody 161

Afterword Steve Reifenberg 189

Index 199

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Both the mis-steps and successes of Partners in Health find explanation in this small powerful book. Dr. Paul Farmer goes where others fear to go; sometimes taking extravagantly courageous stands for the "have-nots." His underlying chutzpah and compassion is borne of a commitment to social justice in the theology of the revered Gustavo Gutierrez. Each beautifully echoes the other in their stance for the poor. Not in words alone but in action. In the face of disappointment, misappropriated and mismanaged funds by other NGO's in Haiti, we understand now why Farmer continues relentlessly, valiantly. He is on fire with caritas!