Praying for Justice

Praying for Justice: A Lectionary of Christian Concern

by R. Anderson Campbell & Steve Sherwood, with Paula J. Hampton, Professors at George Fox University

Published by Barclay Press, Newberg, Oregon

This book is not free of agenda. It is an act of resistance. God is greater than any politician, political system, or nation. And now is the time for people of faith to act in tangible, costly, and courageous ways. This book calls upon the president – and all leaders – to live into wisdom, prudence, compassion, humility, and discernment. This book is a statement that we face a grave threat to the heart of God’s kingdom vision: a society in which all are valued as individuals bearing God’s image.

The title of this book contains an invitation to pray for justice, but this book contains no overt prayers. Many of the more than fourteen hundred Bible passages contained here are prayers or portions of prayers. To read these texts is to be invited to join them in prayer. The quotations in this lectionary are all penned by people of Christian faith, who have spent their lives thinking about, working for, and telling others about a God whom they believe to be radically on the side of the weak, vulnerable, and marginalized.

This book invites us to use each day’s verse as a meditation or reflection for that day and each week’s quotation as an examination of the ways in which your life images God’s redemptive justice in the world.

This book is also a call to action. Now is not a time for Christians to sit and trust that others will take care of people on the margins of our society. Christians must not content themselves with mere social media activism or personal piety. Christians must act often. Christians must act publicly. Christians must act sacrificially. Christians must act with courage and compassion. Christians must act as if it matters – because it does.

The book is available for sale at the publisher, Barclay Press and may be ordered online. Three copies are available at the church.  100% of the net proceeds of this book go to Church World Service to aid in their work resettling refugees and advocating for immigrant and refugee rights in the United States.

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