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Urban ministry reconsidered : contexts and approaches

Author: R Drew Smith; Stephanie C Boddie; Ronald Edward Peters
Publisher: Louisville, Kentucky : Westminster John Knox Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
Christian ministries often struggle to account for urbanization’s growing force, complexities, and reach—and to formulate theologically and sociologically appropriate responses. Urban Ministry Reconsidered features a collection of original essays by leading scholars and practitioners that explores current issues and challenges in urban communities. Together these articles consider how cultural and structural  Read more...

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Urban ministry reconsidered.
Louisville, KY : Westminster John Knox Press, 2018
(DLC) 2018016650
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: R Drew Smith; Stephanie C Boddie; Ronald Edward Peters
ISBN: 9780664263928 0664263925
OCLC Number: 1028911130
Description: viii, 302 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction / R. Drew Smith --
I. Urban conceptual worldviews. Urban conceptualizing in historical perspective / Ronald E. Peters --
The new urbanism and its challenge to the church / Michael A. Mata --
The city's grace / Peter Choi --
Toward a missiological turn in urban ministry / Scott Hagley --
Urban ministry as the new frontier? / Felicia Howell LaBoy --
Urban ministry as incarnational / Kang-Yup Na --
Religion and race in urban spaces across Africa and the diaspora / William Ackah --
Wholeness and human flourishing as guideposts for urban ministry / Lisa Slayton and Herb Kolbe --
II. Urban community formation. Low-income residents and religious in-betweenness in the United States of America and South Africa / R. Drew Smith --
Racial equity and faith-based organizing at Community Renewal Society / Curtiss Paul DeYoung --
Ferguson lessons about church solidarity with communities of struggle / Michael McBride --
Listening, undergirding, and cross-sector community building / Kimberly Gonxhe --
Internal dimensions of church connectedness to community / Randall K. Bush --
Prison ministry with women and girls of African descent / Angelique Walker-Smith --
Christian community responses to African immigrants in the United States / Laurel E. Scott --
Theological professionals, the community, and overcoming the disconnection / Anthony Rivera --
Theological pedagogies and urban change-making in an African city / Stephan de Beer --
III. Urban social policy. Church pursuits of economic justice, public health, and racial equity / John C. Welch --
The Accra Confession and theological reflections on urban economic justice / Setri Nyomi --
School voucher programs and Black clergy responses in two cities / R. Drew Smith --
Creating an oasis food ecosystem in a post-"faith-based initiatives" environment / Stephanie C. Boddie --
One congregation's ministry to immigrants / Jean Stockdale --
Gun violence and African American churches / Katie Day --
Theological listening and learning in an HIV/AIDS world / Donald E. Messer --
Public leadership and African churches in the United Kingdom / Israel Oluwole Olofinjana --
IV. Urban ministry adaptations. Neighborhood and congregational renewal through community organizing and development / Phil Tom --
Discernment, attentiveness, and church planting in urban communities / Christopher Brown --
Ministry, diversity, and community on an urban university campus / Jewelnel Davis --
Prison ministries, voluntarism, and relational culture / Tami Hooker --
Martin Luther King Jr.'s speeches and the urban -digital context / Erika D. Gault --
Approaches to ministry in an African prophetic church in France / Aurélien Mokoko Gampiot --
Ministry to Ugandan youth affected by war and conflict / James Okalo Ekwang.
Responsibility: edited by R. Drew Smith, Stephanie C. Boddie, and Ronald E. Peters.


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