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Resources on Social Justice (May-Jun 2002)

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by Margaret Smith Roark
May – June, 2002

This list is by no means comprehensive but suggests potential sources for becoming more informed about and involved in social justice issues. Many of these suggest further sources of information.


Bakke, Ray. A Theology of the City.

Bascom, Tim. The Comfort Trap: Spiritual Dangers of the Convenience Culture. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 1993.

Clapp, Rodney, ed. The Consuming Passion: Christianity and the Consuming Culture. Downers Grove,Ill.: InterVarsity, 1998.

Coles, Robert. The Moral Intelligence of Children. (also see other books by Coles)

Ehrenreich, Barbara. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America. New York: Metropolitan, 2001.

Renowned journalist goes undercover to see if it’s possible to survive working full-time on minimum wage. An astute and disturbing look at the real difficulties of lower-income persons trying to become financially stable in America.

Elshtain, Jean Bethke. Jane Addams and the Dream of American Democracy. New York: Basic, 2002.

—. Democracy on Trial. New York: Basic, 1995.

Gushee, David P., ed. Toward a Just and Caring Society: Christian Responses to Poverty in America.Grand Rapids: Baker, 1999.

The result of a two-year project where twenty scholars considered the question “If this society chose to empower the poor in the United States, what would a successful, comprehensive agenda look like?”

Kozol, Jonathan. Savage Inequalities. New York: Harper, 1991.

Moynihan, Daniel. Miles to Go: A Personal History of Social Policy. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1996.

Perkins, John. (founder of Christian Community Development Association)

Let Justice Roll Down (available from CCDA website)

Gives Perkins’ three central principles for greater social justice: relocation, reconciliation, redistribution.

—. With Justice for All. Glendale, Calif.: Regal Books, 1982.

Explore how Christians should put energies into poor communities and emphasizes the importance of relationship in any effort

—. ed. Restoring At-Risk Communities. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1995.

Sider, Ronald J. (President of Evangelicals for Social Action)

—. Good News and Good Works: A Theology for the Whole Gospel. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1999.

Affirms that the church must address both personal and social sin and engage in both evangelism and social action in order to fulfill its mission.

—. Just Generosity: A New Vision for Overcoming Poverty in America. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1999.

Attempts to “combine solid, sophisticated socioeconomic analysis with normative biblical principles of justice . . . to formulate wise, effective social policy.” Notes in the back suggest other valuable sources of information for becoming more knowledgeable and more involved in social justice issues.

—. Living Like Jesus. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1997.

Contrasts nominal Christianity with the power of the authentic gospel and challenges believers to reexamine their commitment and return to basics of faith.

—. Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger. Dallas: Word, 1997.

Wuthnow, Robert. Acts of Compassion: Caring for Others and Helping Ourselves. Princeton: PrincetonUniversity, 1991.

Organizations/web sites

Children’s Defense Fund

Churches at Work

Website that allows churches involved in social justice to network with each other

Christian Community Development Association

Evangelicals for Social Action

“ESA is a national association of Christians dedicated to empowering the poor and living like Jesus in every area of our lives.” Puts out a bimonthly magazine, PRISM, which “offers insightful, biblical reflection on the world . . . and is full of stories and strategies for effective outreach and ministry.”

Heartbeat Ministries

Network 9:35

Begun by ESA, a network of Christians and churches engaged in holistic ministry. Provides a list of links to many organizations and resources. New Wineskins

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