Essential reading for all those who want to see theology and ethics break new ground in the work of justice, hope, and liberation for all
Product Code: 6975
ISBN: 9781506424644
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
Published Date: 10/01/2019
Pages: 137
Availability:In stock
Price: $21.99

In this searing and personal book, intellectual activist and theologian Robyn Henderson-Espinoza bridges the gap between academia and activism, bringing the wisdom of the streets to the work of scholarship, all for the sake of political liberation and social change for marginalized communities.

This is an invitation- - a powerful and provocative call-to-action - to academic theologians to the work of social activism through movement building.

Activist Theology summons all to take up radical acts of labor that uses scholarship and contemplation to build bridges with difference and make connections of solidarity, rooted in collective action.

Featuring poetry by Brittini "Ree Belle" Gray, this rich and interdisciplinary work draws on continental philosophy, queer theology, and critical class theory in accessible and artful ways, using story, personal narratives, and sharp cultural analysis to bring clarity to the methods, sources, and objectives of activist theology.

This is a key step forward in the contemporary conversation about theology and social action and will be essential reading for all those who want to see theology and ethics break new ground in the work of justice, hope, and liberation for all.

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Foreword: So What?
Introduction: The What and Why of Activist Theology
1 The Darkness of Holy Saturday: Rupturing Complacency and Becoming Transformation
2 Turning Tables in the Temple: Disruption
3 The Struggle Is Real
4 The Psalmist Sings: The Poetry of Protest
5 Following the Ways of Jesus: Enacting Radical Social Change
6 Old Wine in New Wineskins: Reframing Theology as Activism
7 Economic Supremacy: When Class Ascendency Doesn’t Work in Your Favor
8 Activist Theology’s Resilience: A Year after Charlottesville
Coda: Poetry by Ree Belle
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"Henderson-Espinoza reminds us that radical social change requires truth drawn from the depths of both theology and the stories of everyday life. Activist Theology is a challenge to us all that invites us to reveal our own stories, deeply engage our collective wisdom, and, above all, do more than talk of revolution and actually participate in its happening." - - Jennifer Knapp, singer/songwriter; founder Inside Out Faith; author of Facing the Music

"In a world beset by interlocking supremacies - - including white, Christian, rich, straight, cisgendered, and wealthy -- Robyn Henderson-Espinoza announces a theology that lives out loud in the streets and expresses itself in day-to-day life, bridging radical difference not with mere tolerance or inclusion but with revolutionary love. Appropriately, the book climaxes in poetry by Ree Belle, because prose alone cannot adequately convey this urgent invitation to join in the 'palpitation' of the world for justice, joy, and peace." - Brian D. McLaren, author/speaker/activist

"Robyn Henderson-Espinoza embodies a theology that has transgressed the restricted boundaries of the academy, church, and the movement. Activist Theology is written for those who know deep in their gut that theology must be reborn, and that in its afterlife it must take seriously the impact of its lived ethics in the way of Jesus. It reminds us that faith without works is dead." - Drew G. I. Hart, Messiah College; author of Trouble I've Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism

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