About the Author
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.