The stories are personal and theological. These entities often do not pay living wages. As an organizer I know that it is important that I build strong relationships with fellow clergy. Nonetheless, Gench gives us guidelines as to how we can have this conversation, one that needs to take place if cities and suburbs are to come together to make meaningful changes to our systems.
This book is deeply personal. Other chapters deal with what might think of as the mundane. The book falls into three parts: Colleges and universities are able to sustain themselves by paying near minimum wages to teachers, even as administration and management continue to grow.
If one feels called to the work of transformation, how will one go about doing this? Being a preacher and a theologian myself, I was intrigued by one of the sermons. Should the church be involved in transforming society or should it stay focused on building the church? Since I see this work as being at the heart of what it means to be church, I would say that it is a must read book!
Leaders like Martin Luther King were rooted in the church. Faith Stories of Korean American Clergywomen.
It is telling that great numbers of Ph. We are living in an age when well paying manufacturing jobs have disappeared, and many are left to work in retail and fast food restaurants.
Charity is important but it often ends up being little more than a band aid if the systems do not change. What I discovered from these essays is that Korean Christians find it as difficult to disentangle Christianity from Confucianism as European American Christians find it difficult to separate out the European cultural elements that have been embedded in Western Christianity.
In many cases these are stories of survival and perseverance in the face of difficult cultural challenges. I may not be Korean or a woman, but I found these essays to be instructive and enlightening.
Once again it is important to remember that as important as the issues might be, they are not ultimate.The book is a collection of essays written by Korean American Presbyterian clergywomen.
The stories are personal and theological. Some are homiletical. THEOLOGY FROM THE TRENCHES: Reflections on Urban Ministry. By Roger J. Gench. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, Viii + pages.
Does the church have a role to play in public life? That is, should the church devote its attention to things spiritual and stay out of things temporal?