Silence Is Not the Answer

Silence Is Not the Answer

by George S Johnson


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If you've ever felt like you don't have enough information about an issue, that you should wait to see what others do first, or that your voice won't make a difference, you're not alone. Silence Is Not the Answer is a collection of prophetic voices urging us to wake up, notice what is happening, and take a stand. This book offers viewpoints from a variety of writers who call us to make our voices heard on critical justice issues. Walter Brueggemann, Bishop Herbert Chilstrom, Marcus Borg, Larry Rasmussen, Vivian Elaine Johnson, Jim Wallis, Sallie McFague, and others encourage us to break the silence-not by shouting down others but by starting a real conversation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998768953
Publisher: Summit Run Press
Publication date: 06/17/2019
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

George S. Johnson is the author of Courage to Think Differently and Beyond Guilt and coauthor with Ana de Garcia of Evangelism and the Poor. He was the director of the Hunger Program of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Third World Opportunities. George received his doctor of ministry degree from Claremont School of Theology. He was a parish pastor in Minnesota and California and now lives with his wife, Vivian, in Irvine, California.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Preface ix

I Breaking the Silence 1

Is This a Bonhoeffer Moment? Thomas K. Johnson 5

Introduction to Interrupting Silence Walter Brueggemann 9

The Heresy of Ideological Religion Jim Wallis 15

Preaching: Breaking Silence Christine M. Smith 19

What Should We Be Noisy About? John B. Cobb, Jr. 31

Why I March Vivian Elaine Johnson 35

Emancipation Richard Rohr 41

Who Is Jesus for Us Today? Wesley Granberg-Michaelson 45

II Listen to Your Moral Compass 51

Advice for Aspiring Preachers David Nagler 55

Appearing before the Authorities Walter Brueggemann 61

Healing Political Bodies and the Body Politic Ched Myers 71

Living on this Planet so Others Can Live Sallie McFague 81

A Letter to My Bishop George S. Johnson 87

Sanctity of the Family Paul Tellström 91

When Prophets Confront Kings Herbert W. Chilstrom 97

Pastors Who Feel Trapped Dan Roschke 101

Why Justice Is Not Secondary George S. Johnson 103

III Your Voice Can Make a Difference 107

The Prophet Vivian Elaine Johnson 111

What One Person Can Do Lowell Erdahl 115

Coming Out Queer, Coming Out Christian Brenda Bos 125

Preaching Grace Christine M. Smith 131

Standing Your Ground Paul Tellström 137

New Wineskins, New Dimensions Larry Rasmussen 141

The Scandal of Voter Suppression Jim Wallis 147

The Teachings of the Reverend Dr. James M. Lawson, Jr. Ashley Herndon 151

The Shakertown Pledge-Anonymous 159

Endnotes 161

Acknowledgments 167

Index 169

Contributing Authors 171

About the Author 175

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