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  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Maring Publishing: Faith and Public Policy, LLC State of Maryland (June 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615644422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615644424
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Gary Maring is a member of Luther Place Memorial Church, a progressive Lutheran church in Washington, D.C., that has been a leader in advocating and implementing social justice ministries to ‘the least of these’. He is among the key founders and a board member of N Street Village, a continuum of programs serving more than 60 percent of DC’s population of homeless women. Mr. Maring is also a founder of the national Lutheran Volunteer Corps which places about 150 year long volunteers in social justice ministries in sixteen cities. He is also among the founders of the Steinbruck Center at Luther Place church which teaches and advocates about homelessness and other social justice issues. He discusses through these examples how churches can use their property and financial resources in collaborative ways to do the work of the gospels. He has been a long time advocate for faith-based social justice in the public policy arena. He writes a regular blog on religion, politics, and society, which can be viewed at http://gary-maring.blogspot.com. He is President of Maring Publishing: Faith and Public Policy, LLC in Maryland; the entity under which he publishes blogs, books, and articles. His professional career was in transportation policy in the Federal government so he understands the challenges of the national policy, legislative, and budgeting processes which he discusses in his book in regard to faith and justice issues.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Connie Sharp on September 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
In FAITH, SOCIAL JUSTICE, and PUBLIC POLICY - A PROGRESSIVE'S VIEW, Gary Maring calls us to action. He lays out his views and invites us to examine the premises under which priorities are established and decisions are made by the people in power - decisions that directly impact our daily lives and our future. And where we determine that those decisions do not align themselves properly with justice and compassion, he challenges us to intervene.

I served on the staff of Luther Place Memorial Church between 1970 and 1997 and had the privilege of working with Gary and the faithful members of Luther Place, as well as with Pastor John Steinbruck, who guided us in our study of Scripture and helped us determine our responses to the injustices that were all around us. Through Biblical study, reflection and action the congregation transformed itself from one that questioned its reason for being to one that embraced the Biblical concept of hospitality - "welcoming the stranger" and the importance of taking action wherever it saw injustice - a risky business, to be sure, but one to which we are called.

Gary points out a pattern in public discourse and the resulting public policy that neglects to address our most pressing issues. We are trapped in an endless cycle of news sound bites that distract us from discussing priorities that require our immediate and thoughtful attention; sound bites that create an atmosphere of hostility rather than one that supports reconciliation and problem-solving. We need look no further than to our current presidential campaign to see the absence of serious discussion on such issues as the war in Afghanistan and the growing number of poor in this country. The silence is deafening.
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By Mark E. Laxer on December 4, 2012
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Gary Maring, in Faith, Social Justic, and Public Policy, provides a much needed discussion of faith and politics that presents a morally compelling case for a progressive worldview. At the heart of the book is the call for diverse communities of faith and non-faith alike to join forces and advocate for the poor. Doing so, Maring argues, follows the teachings and life of Jesus Christ. The transformation Maring envisions includes a role for government to serve, less as a tool for the wealthy to magnify their temporal grip on power, but more as a voice of societal balance and compassion, as expressed through national and state budgets, parts of which could better minister to the needy.

Maring draws on his own Church's experience--helping homeless women in Washington DC--as a way to challenge readers to follow in Jesus' footsteps. Be prepared for a mature, reasoned, responsible journey through the intersection of religion, human society, and morality. I'd suggest that you approach this book with caution. It may challenge and inspire you. You may find yourself pondering the notion of social justice. You may find yourself pondering Jesus Christ's role--and challenging your own role--in what some might call a just society.

Mark E. Laxer, Author of The Monkey Bible and Take Me For A Ride
Cambridge, Vermont
12/4/2012
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