In “Faith, Social Justice and Public Policy: A Progressive’s View” (ISBN 0615644422), Gary E. Maring lays out a groundwork for faith-based social activists to participate in public policy debates. Using the example of his own congregation at Luther Place Memorial Church, which has implemented large-scale programs for homeless women at N Street Village, he shows how faith concepts can be translated into direct action for social justice.
As the 2012 election draws near and our stratified society faces the highest income inequality since the 1920s, social justice has assumed a prominent role in the national debate. This book is issued as a serious statement and challenge to readers to learn what Judeo-Christian faith traditions have to say about social justice. Maring argues that progressive faith and spiritual communities can ally themselves with more secular social justice advocates to create successful coalitions. These coalitions could achieve victories that will positively impact the economically disadvantaged of our society.
“Faith, Social Justice and Public Policy” will provide a deeper understanding of faith-based social justice concepts and their applicability to the current debates over the poor and disadvantaged raging today. It provides key insights from current major progressive theologians who show how the church has been and can continue to be a center of innovative societal change. The book will appeal to a wide range of readers, from concerned members of mainline Protestant, Jewish and Catholic congregations to social justice-oriented Evangelicals.
“Faith, Social Justice and Public Policy” is a timely book, the credibility of which comes from a man who has played a key role in his congregation’s comprehensive attempt to address the issues of homeless women in their community. Using the example of the innovative partnerships he helped create to tackle social justice issues in Washington, DC, Maring shows how interfaith coalitions can shape the national debate.
“Faith, Social Justice and Public Policy: A Progressive’s View” is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels.
About the Author: Gary E. Maring has been a key leader in implementing social justice ministries at the progressive Luther Place Memorial Church congregation in Washington, DC. This includes N Street Village, which serves close to 60 percent of the homeless population of women in DC and the national Lutheran Volunteer Corps, which places long-term volunteers in social justice agencies in sixteen cities. He blogs regularly on religion, politics and society at gary-maring.blogspot.com. He lives in Bethesda, Md.
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