We Cry Justice: Reading the Bible with the Poor People's Campaign

We Cry Justice: Reading the Bible with the Poor People's Campaign

We Cry Justice: Reading the Bible with the Poor People's Campaign

We Cry Justice: Reading the Bible with the Poor People's Campaign


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From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible proclaims justice and abundance for the poor. Yet these powerful passages about poverty are frequently overlooked and misinterpreted.

Enter the Poor People's Campaign, a movement against racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism, and religious nationalism. In We Cry Justice, Liz Theoharis, co-chair of the campaign, is joined by pastors, community organizers, scholars, low-wage workers, lay leaders, and people in poverty to interpret sacred stories about the poor seeking healing, equity, and freedom. In a world roiled by poverty and injustice, Scripture still speaks.

Organized into fifty-two chapters, each focusing on a key Scripture passage, We Cry Justice offers comfort and challenge from the many stories of the poor taking action together. Read anew the story of the exodus that frees people from debt and slavery, the prophets who denounce the rich and ruling classes, the stories of Jesus's healing and parables about fair wages, and the early church's sharing of goods. Reflection questions and a short prayer at the end of each chapter offer the opportunity to use the book devotionally through a year.

The Bible cries for justice, and we do too. It's time to act on God's persistent call to repair the breach and fight poverty, not the poor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506473642
Publisher: 1517 Media
Publication date: 10/12/2021
Pages: 241
Sales rank: 373,054
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis is co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, alongside Bishop William J. Barber II, and she is the director of the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary. She has been named by Politico as one of 50 "thinkers, doers and visionaries whose ideas are driving politics," by Sojourners as one of 11 Women Shaping the Church, and by the Center for American Progress as one of 15 Faith Leaders to Watch. Her work has been published in Boston Review, The Christian Century, CNN, The Guardian, Religion News Service, Sojourners, Time magazine, and others. She is the author of Always with Us? and coauthor of Revive Us Again. Theoharis is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and teaches at Union Theological Seminary. She and her family live in New York City.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction 1

Part I Jubilee

1 Is Ending Poverty Possible? Liz Theoharis 9

2 What we Wish For Solita Alexander Riley 13

3 Jesus was a Poor Man Jessica C. Williams 17

4 God Created Enough Daniel Jones 21

5 Give Us this Day Our Daily Bread Melanie Mullen 25

6 Of The Poor, for The Poor Colleen Wessel-McCoy 29

7 A Harvest for All People Claire Chadwick 33

8 The Power to Cry Justice Idalin Luz Montes Bobé 37

9 When Your Kin Fall into Difficulty Tejai Beulah 41

10 The Law That Disinherits is Not God's Law Brigitte Kahl 45

11 Jesus Came to Set It Off Erica N. Williams 49

Part II Struggle and Lament

12 You Must Let Us Wail Stephen Pavey 55

13 Pray for The Dead, Fight for The Living Erica N. Williams 59

14 Wake Up, Jonah Karenna Gore 63

15 We are Not Tractors Liz Theoharis 67

16 What Will you Lift Up? Letiah Fraser 71

17 How Bread Can Divide or Dignify Melanie Mullen 75

18 When Idols Speak, People Can't Michael Pollack 79

19 Naboth's Vineyard and the Struggle for Oak Flat Adam Barnes 83

Part III The Days of Liberation

20 Should we Sit at the Table-or Turn it Over? Janelle Bruce 89

21 Don't You Want to Improve Your Community? Leonardo Vilchis 93

22 Resurrecting Hope Keith M. Bullard II 97

23 Denied Dignity in Life and in Death Liz Theoharis 101

24 Walking Off the Job to Help God Aaron Scott 105

25 A Mixed Multitude Daniel Jones 109

26 The Power the Ground Holds Becca Forsyth 113

27 When Women Testify, Things Change Tejai Beulah 117

28 Touching the Wounds of a Disabled God Letiah Eraser 121

29 Find a Mule, Spread a Movement Clinton Wright 125

Part IV Learn as We Lead

30 Is It Really all That Bad? Aaron Scott 131

31 Blame The Poor or Judge The Rich? Liz Theoharis 135

32 Persistence of The Poor Erica N. Williams 139

33 In the Beginning, there was Care Solita Alexander Riley 143

34 A Hurt and Angry God Daniel Jones 147

35 Steadfast Spirit for Justice Claire Chadwick 151

36 Expose Yourself, Expose the Empire Adam Barnes 155

37 Beastly Economics C. Wess Daniels 159

38 Learn as we Lead Jessica C. Williams 163

Part V The Advent of Revolution

39 What Doth the Lord Require? Liz Theoharis 169

40 If Not Us, Who? Aaron Scott 173

41 Woe to You Who Pass Unjust Laws Charon Hribar 177

42 Is that What you Call a Fast? Nicholas Laccetti 181

43 Las Posadas Kenia Torres-Alcocer 185

44 Song of Revolutionary Mothers Savina J. Martin 189

Part VI The Birth of a Movement

45 Midwives who Say No Tammy Rojas 195

46 Whose Law and Whose Order? Solita Alexander Riley 199

47 Survival Economics Sarah Monroe 203

48 The Empire's Receipts C. Wess Daniels 207

49 What the Way Looks Like Tonny H. Algood 211

50 Band-Aids or Justice Carolyn Jean Foster 215

51 Same Sin, Different Day Aaron Scott 219

52 How to Survive a Pandemic Marco Saavedra 223

53 We who are Becoming Noam Sandweiss-Back 227

Acknowledgments 231

Contributors 233

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