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Gospel in the Global Village: Seeking God's Dream of Shalom Original Edition

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This second book by Jefferts Schori (A Wing and a Prayer), presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church (USA), is, like her earlier work, a collection of sermons and speeches given by the bishop at conferences and gatherings around the world, as the title suggests. Her themes are consistently sounded: work for peace and justice, care for the least of these. Doing this work and being the prophetic voice that decries injustice and lack of care are particular duties of those who follow Jesus; Jefferts Schori's reading of the gospels makes them social blueprints for the New Jerusalem. The bishop's reflections on leadership and on religion and science are particularly interesting because they reflect her unique experience as a professional oceanographer and the first female primate within the Anglican Communion. To read her public addresses is also to see the public face of the Episcopal Church today. Those who disagree with her and find her theology narrow will not be convinced by this new round of reflections; those who are encouraged by her leadership will be impressed by the scope of her globe-trotting work for peace and justice. (Aug.)
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"In this collection of pioneering addresses, the presiding bishop points the Church away from ecclesiastical self-absorption to the world beyond its walls. By encouraging the Church to `think bigger,' she provides clear direction for an expansive mission of justice and healing." --John C. Danforth, former U.S. Senator, Episcopal priest, and author of Faith and Politics.<br /><br />Katharine Jefferts Schori is an extraordinary figure, and this is an extraordinary book. In clear and compelling terms she preaches the Gospel and offers a vision of service that is rooted in, but not exclusive to, the Christian tradition. This is a journey worth taking. --Jon Meacham, editor of Newsweek
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Morehouse Publishing; Original edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819223433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819223432
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,146,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. Harriger VINE VOICE on July 21, 2009
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The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church has once again released a clarion call to all people to engage the downtrodden, oppressed and marginalized, and do it in a way that overlooks our differences and faiths while recognizing the spirit of God within us all. Her non-dogmatic approach views all people as God's children, and all are worthy of our attention and prayers, no matter where they may live or what God they worship, if they worship one at all. She does this through a series of speeches and homilies that address, in part, the Millennium Development Goals, and the Anglican communion's commitment to them.

She begins with a speech entitled "City on a Hill," and although she usually focuses on issues by stressing the positive, she uses this first piece to issue a rare warning...and it's a perfectly aimed arrow. "Beware of religious leaders who are unwilling to serve the greater good, who insist that God loves only some, or who say that a portion of humanity is not worthy of respect or dignity." In one fell swoop, she identifies an entire type of ministry so common today, a field of ministry that actively campaigns against certain types of people, instead of working to uphold of ideals of Christ, who calls us to engage everyone lovingly, unconditionally and without judgment.

In addition to addressing the needs of the marginalized people of the world, she also instructs us to focus on what's become known as "creation care." Our responsibility to our fellow humans is grounded in how we treat God's creation, a creation which will ultimately play a role in how well we can help meet the needs of others.
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This is one of the most incredible books I have ever read. Rarely do you run across another person who shares so many of your core beliefs and raises the same rhetorical questions. Bishop Schori has compiled her most inspiring, thought-provoking and apropos sermons of her priesthood. Whether you are a "Cradle Episcopalian," newcomer, or non-believer, the bishop's works are always aimed at appealing to different perspectives. She is not afraid to reconcile her scientific background with her theology training; she eloquently defends the Episcopal Church's inclusive policies that have caused so much dissent in recent years. Her support of the Millennium Development Goals' focus on extreme poverty is presented in pragmatic terms. "Universal primary education would cost $10 billion a year- less than half of what the U.S. spends each year on ice cream." The book puts global, Anglican, American, environmental, and economic perils and conflicts in perspective. I highly recommend this book to people who want to learn more about the Episcopal Church and its mission from the woman who is leading the Church into the future.
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A collection of sermons and speeches that offer much the same message throughout - that peace/shalom however ones names it, is available to all. To read one of these messages of hope as a start of each day gave each day a focus. She is a powerful advocate and amazing scholar.
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Gospel in the Global Village is a tender yet forceful call to action by Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori of the Episcopal Church. The book is comprised of sermons and speeches that she presented in numerous locations and on various occasions. However, there are some overriding themes that unite the book. Jefferts Schori calls us to be prophets - to be God's voice in proclaiming justice, inclusion, equality and wholeness with the goal of making God's realm manifest here on earth. She strongly supports the Millennium Development Goals as a vehicle for making this goal possible. Her sermons/speeches are filled with joy and hope, and yet they challenge us to not be too comfortable but to do the hard, dirty work necessary to make this world a place where all can live with dignity.

This is a short book, and each sermon/speech is easily digestible. I highly recommend this book to those who strive to take their faith seriously.
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