Festival of Faiths 2021--Sacred Change: Essential Conversations on Faith and Race

Event date: 

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 12:00pm to Saturday, November 20, 2021 - 2:00pm
The Kentucky Center 501 West Main St
Louisville, KY 40202

The 2021 Festival of Faiths will examine issues of systemic racism in America and the role of spirituality in healing from the trauma of oppression. Sacred Change: Essential Conversations on Faith and Race seeks to celebrate the unique beauty, power and strength of the Black faith experience while facing the profoundly brutal outcomes of genocide, slavery and “profit at any cost.” This year's festival, November 18-20, highlights renowned speakers and artists who will help us challenge prevailing narratives and explore pathways to truth, repair and hope in framing a future designed by justice.
For more information and to purchase Festival of Faiths tickets, please visit FestivalofFaiths.org

2021 Festival of Faiths speaker books are listed first and include selections from: Lewis Brogdon, Kevin Cosby, Kelly Brown Douglas, Rhonda Magee, Shelia Wise Rowe, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, and Johnny Bernard Hill

Additional suggested reading can be found further down the page.

Please use coupon code FOF at checkout and we will donate a portion of sales to The Festival of Faiths

 

Getting to the Promised Land: Black America and the Unfinished Work of the Civil Rights Movement Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780664265458
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Published: Westminster John Knox Press - June 22nd, 2021

Too often, all oppressed people in America are lumped together under the moniker people of color, as if each group's experience under the yoke of systemic racism has the same economic and social repercussions.


Resurrection Hope: A Future Where Black Lives Matter Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781626984455
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Published: Orbis Books - November 17th, 2021

"How do we really know that God cares when Black people are still getting killed? How long do we have to wait for the justice of God? I get it, that Christ is Black, but that doesn't seem to be helping us right now." These questions from her son prompted theologian Kelly Brown Douglas to undertake this soul-searching reflection.


The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143132820
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Published: TarcherPerigee - September 14th, 2021

“Illuminates the very heart of social justice and how it might be approached and nurtured through mindfulness practices in community and through the discernment and new degrees of freedom these practices entrain.” --from the foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn
 


Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781849353977
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Published: AK Press - November 17th, 2020

Undrowned is a book-length meditation for social movements and our whole species based on the subversive and transformative guidance of marine mammals. Our aquatic cousins are queer, fierce, protective of each other, complex, shaped by conflict, and struggling to survive the extractive and militarized conditions our species has imposed on the ocean.


Healing Racial Trauma: The Road to Resilience Cover Image
By Sheila Wise Rowe, Soong-Chan Rah (Foreword by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780830845880
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Published: IVP Books - January 7th, 2020

"People of color have endured traumatic histories and almost daily assaults on our dignity.


Prophetic Rage: A Postcolonial Theology of Liberation (Prophetic Christianity) Cover Image
$26.50
ISBN: 9780802869777
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Published: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company - December 1st, 2013

In this book Johnny Bernard Hill argues that prophetic rage, or righteous anger, is a necessary response to our present culture of imperialism and nihilism. The most powerful way to resist meaninglessness, he says, is refusing to accept the realities of structural injustice, such as poverty, escalating militarism, genocide, and housing discrimination.


A Companion to Philemon (Cascade Companions) Cover Image
By Lewis Brogdon, Marion Soards (Foreword by)
$21.00
ISBN: 9781498290999
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Published: Cascade Books - May 8th, 2018

When is the last time you heard a sermon, Bible study, or even read the Letter to Philemon? For some the answer is ""recently"" but for too many the answer is ""it has been a long time"" or worse yet ""never."" Why is it that Philemon, though included in the Christian canon, is not read and studied as a text with theological depth that is helpful for serious study and preaching?


Hope on the Brink: Understanding the Emergence of Nihilism in Black America Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781620327579
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Published: Cascade Books - May 29th, 2013

About the Contributor(s): Lewis Brogdon is Assistant Professor of New Testament and Black Church Studies and Director of the Black Church Studies Program at Louisville Seminary. Brogdon has served churches in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio. He has coauthored an article with Amos Yong on "The Decline of African American Theology?


Hard Times Require Furious Dancing: New Poems Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781608681884
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Published: New World Library - August 27th, 2013

"Though we have encountered our share of grief and troubles on this earth, we can still hold the line of beauty, form, and beat. No small accomplishment in a world as challenging as this one."
-- from the preface

I was born to grow,
alongside my garden of plants,
poems
like
this one


We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting for: Inner Light in a Time of Darkness Cover Image
By Alice Walker, Rebecca Walker (Foreword by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781620976739
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Published: New Press - November 2nd, 2021

The New York Times bestselling book that both galvanizes progressives for action and is a balm--from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author


"A light in darkness, Alice Walker awakens us to our own power as only she can. . . . Once again, Walker has exceeded our expectations." --The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781469661179
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - March 22nd, 2021

The American political scene today is poisonously divided, and the vast majority of white evangelicals play a strikingly unified, powerful role in the disunion. These evangelicals raise a starkly consequential question for electoral politics: Why do they claim morality while supporting politicians who act immorally by most Christian measures?


The Selected Works of Audre Lorde Cover Image
By Audre Lorde, Roxane Gay (Editor), Roxane Gay (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781324004615
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 8th, 2020

A definitive selection of Audre Lorde’s "intelligent, fierce, powerful, sensual, provocative, indelible" (Roxane Gay) prose and poetry, for a new generation of readers.


Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780465060689
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Published: Basic Books - September 5th, 2017

The classic, New York Times-bestselling book on the psychology of racism that shows us how to talk about race in America.

Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy?


Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812984965
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Published: One World - August 18th, 2015

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING MICHAEL B. JORDAN AND JAMIE FOXX • A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.


White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781632864130
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 5th, 2017

National Book Critics Circle Award Winner
New York Times Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of the Year
A Boston Globe Best Book of 2016
A Chicago Review of Books Best Nonfiction Book of 2016


Race Matters, 25th Anniversary: With a New Introduction Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780807008836
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Published: Beacon Press - December 5th, 2017

The twenty-fifth-anniversary edition of the groundbreaking classic, with a new introduction


Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143035831
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Published: Penguin Books - August 30th, 2005

“Uncompromising and unconventional . . . Cornel West is an eloquent prophet with attitude.” —Newsweek

West reveals himself as a thinker of dazzling erudition, whose critiques are inevitably balanced by an infectious optimism and magnanimity of spirit.” —The Village Voice


Blackberries, Blackberries (Kentucky Voices) Cover Image
By Crystal Wilkinson, Nikky Finney (Foreword by), Honorée Jeffers (Afterword by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780813169583
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Published: University Press of Kentucky - February 24th, 2017

As the title implies, this beautifully written collection bursts with stories reminiscent of blackberries----small, succulent morsels that are inviting and sweet, yet sometimes bitter.


A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing: The Incarceration of African American Women from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781635574616
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - January 14th, 2020

Nominated for an NAACP Image Award
A Publishers Weekly Top 10 History Title for the season
Booklist's Top 10 Diverse Nonfiction titles for the year
BookRiot's "50 Must-Read Poetry Collections"
Most Anticipated Books of the Year--
The Rumpus, Nylon


Reparations: A Christian Call for Repentance and Repair Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781587434501
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Published: Brazos Press - April 6th, 2021

Christianity Today 2022 Book Award Winner (Politics & Public Life)

"Kwon and Thompson's eloquent reasoning will help Christians broaden their understanding of the contemporary conversation over reparations."--
Publishers Weekly

"A thoughtful approach to a vital topic."--Library Journal


Gandhi on Non-Violence Cover Image
By Mahatma Gandhi, Thomas Merton (Editor), Mark Kurlansky (Introduction by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811216869
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Published: New Directions - November 17th, 2007

An essential compendium for understanding Gandhi's profound legacy.


Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780804137430
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Published: Crown - January 10th, 2017

A powerful polemic on the state of black America that savages the idea of a post-racial society.
 


Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780830854868
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Published: IVP Academic - September 1st, 2020

Growing up in the American South, Esau McCaulley knew firsthand the ongoing struggle between despair and hope that marks the lives of some in the African American context. A key element in the fight for hope, he discovered, has long been the practice of Bible reading and interpretation that comes out of traditional Black churches.


Affrilachia: Poems Cover Image
$14.50
ISBN: 9780967542409
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Published: Ohio University Press Distributed Titles - November 17th, 2020

A milestone book of poetry at the intersection of Appalachian and African American literature.

In this pathbreaking debut collection, poet Frank X Walker tells the story of growing up young, Black, artistic, and male in one of America’s most misunderstood geographical regions.


Jesus and the Disinherited Cover Image
By Howard Thurman, Vincent Harding (Foreword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807010297
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Published: Beacon Press - November 30th, 1996

Famously known as the text that Martin Luther King Jr. sought inspiration from in the days leading up to the Montgomery bus boycott, Howard Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited helped shape the civil rights movement and changed our nation’s history forever.


Disciplines of the Spirit (Howard Thurman Book) Cover Image
$13.00
ISBN: 9780913408353
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Published: Friends United Press -

Dr. Howard Thurman (1900-1981)--minister, educator, philosopher, and poet--explores five major dimensions of the spiritual life: commitment, growing in wisdom and stature, suffering, prayer, and reconciliation.


Deep River and the Negro Spiritual Speaks of Life and Death (Howard Thurman Book) Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780913408209
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Published: Friends United Press - May 30th, 1975

Dr. Howard Thurman explores how protest and resistance are expressed in spirituals as well as how these songs have been a "spiritual watering hole" in his life..


The Light of Truth: Writings of an Anti-Lynching Crusader Cover Image
By Ida B. Wells, Mia Bay (Editor), Mia Bay (Introduction by), Mia Bay (Notes by), Henry Louis Gates (Editor)
$19.00
ISBN: 9780143106821
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Published: Penguin Classics - November 25th, 2014

The broadest and most comprehensive collection of writings available by an early civil and women’s rights pioneer


Generations of Captivity: A History of African-American Slaves Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780674016248
Published: Belknap Press - September 30th, 2004

Ira Berlin traces the history of African-American slavery in the United States from its beginnings in the seventeenth century to its fiery demise nearly three hundred years later.


Notes of a Native Son Cover Image
By James Baldwin, Edward P. Jones (Foreword by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780807006238
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Published: Beacon Press - November 20th, 2012

#26 on The Guardian's list of 100 best nonfiction books of all time, the essays explore what it means to be Black in America


James Baldwin: Collected Essays (LOA #98): Notes of a Native Son / Nobody Knows My Name / The Fire Next Time / No Name in the Street / The Devil Finds Work (Library of America James Baldwin Edition #1) Cover Image
$37.50
ISBN: 9781883011529
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Published: Library of America - February 1st, 1998

James Baldwin was a uniquely prophetic voice in American letters.


The Fire Next Time (Vintage International) Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780679744726
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Published: Vintage - December 1st, 1992

A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation, gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement—and still lights the way to understanding race in America today.  


The Cross and the Lynching Tree Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781626980051
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Published: Orbis Books - January 1st, 2013

The cross and the lynching tree are the two most emotionally charged symbols in the history of the African American community. In this powerful new work, theologian James H. Cone explores these symbols and their interconnection in the history and souls of black folk


The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church's Complicity in Racism Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780310113607
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Published: Zondervan - January 7th, 2020

A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller

An acclaimed, timely narrative of how people of faith have historically--up to the present day--worked against racial justice. And a call for urgent action by all Christians today in response.


America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America Cover Image
By Jim Wallis, Bryan Stevenson (Foreword by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781587434006
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Published: Brazos Press - February 14th, 2017

America's problem with race has deep roots, with the country's foundation tied to the near extermination of one race of people and the enslavement of another. Racism is truly our nation's original sin.


America's Unholy Ghosts: The Racist Roots of Our Faith and Politics Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781532651434
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Published: Cascade Books - March 22nd, 2019

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780985217273
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Published: Joy Degruy Publications Inc - September 11th, 2017

Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer's Enduring Message to America Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780807061503
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Published: Beacon Press - October 5th, 2021

National Book Critics Circle 2021 Biography Finalist
53rd NAACP Image Award Nominee: OUTSTANDING LITERARY WORK - BIOGRAPHY/AUTOBIOGRAPHY


The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, with a New Preface Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780674238145
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Published: Harvard University Press - July 22nd, 2019

Winner of the John Hope Franklin Prize
A Moyers & Company Best Book of the Year

"A brilliant work that tells us how directly the past has formed us."
--Darryl Pinckney, New York Review of Books


Available Light: Louisville Through the Lens of Bud Dorsey Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780991476534
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Published: Louisville Story Program - August 24th, 2017

A beautiful 11"x11" hardcover book honoring the legacy of Bud Dorsey, West Louisville's most iconic photographer, produced in close collaboration with him.


The Fights We Fought Have Brought Us Here Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780991476572
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Published: Louisville Story Program - October 20th, 2020

Ten young writers from Muhammad Ali's alma mater write about the fights they've fought that have brought them to where they are today.


Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? (King Legacy #2) Cover Image
By Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King (Foreword by), Vincent Harding (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807000670
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Published: Beacon Press - January 1st, 2010

In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., isolated himself from the demands of the civil rights movement, rented a house in Jamaica with no telephone, and labored over his final manuscript.


Poems: Maya Angelou Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780553379853
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Published: Bantam - May 12th, 1997

Tenderly, joyously, sometimes in sadness,  sometimes in pain, Maya Angelou writes from the heart and  celebrates life as only she has discovered it. In  this moving volume of poetry, we hear the  multi-faceted voice of one of the most powerful and  vibrant writers of our time.


Two Centuries of Black Louisville Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781935497363
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Published: Butler Books - May 1st, 2011

Since the settlement of Louisville in 1778, African Americans have created a history behind the wall of slavery and the veil of segregation, and have forged a remarkably vibrant community that, at times, influenced the political and cultural history of the nation.


\blak\ \al-fe bet\: Poems Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780892554218
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Published: Persea - February 6th, 2013

The 2011 Winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award

The lean, musical poems in this touching second collection depict a southern family after the death of its matriarch. Douglas transcribes the spirit and ghosts of one people's America in poems that are principled and tender.


The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story Cover Image
By Nikole Hannah-Jones (Created by), The New York Times Magazine (Created by), Caitlin Roper (Editor), Ilena Silverman (Editor), Jake Silverstein (Editor)
$30.40
ISBN: 9780593230572
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Published: One World - November 16th, 2021

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A dramatic expansion of a groundbreaking work of journalism, The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story offers a profoundly revealing vision of the American past and present.


Parable of the Sower Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538732182
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 30th, 2019

This acclaimed post-apocalyptic novel of hope and terror from an award-winning author "pairs well with 1984 or The Handmaid's Tale" and includes a foreword by N. K. Jemisin (John Green, New York Times).


The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781541619616
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Published: Basic Books - October 5th, 2021

This “landmark” (Ibram X. Kendi) dual biography of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King transforms our understanding of the twentieth century’s most iconic African American leaders.

To most Americans, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. represent contrasting ideals: self-defense versus nonviolence, Black Power versus civil rights, the sword versus the shield.


Hope on the Brink of Destruction: A Study of Isaiah Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781941972847
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Published: Start2finish Books - January 12th, 2016

Isaiah, a prophet who lived during the time of King Hezekiah, penned a masterpiece of inspired literature when he wrote the book that bears his name. No Old Testament book is as often quoted by New Testament authors. No Old Testament book is as filled with messages about the coming of the Christ. No Old Testament book is as revelatory about the nature of the kingdom of Jesus and his church.


The Souls of Black Folk: With
By W. E. B. Du Bois, Ibram X. Kendi (Introduction by), Monica E. Elbert (Notes by)
$14.00
ISBN: 9780140189988
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Published: Penguin Classics - April 1st, 1996

The landmark book about being black in America, now in an expanded edition commemorating the 150th anniversary of W. E. B. Du Bois’s birth and featuring a new introduction by Ibram X. Kendi, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist, and cover art by Kadir Nelson
 


Womanist Theological Ethics: A Reader (Library of Theological Ethics) Cover Image
By Katie Geneva Cannon (Editor), Emilie M. Townes (Editor), Angela D. Sims (Editor)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780664235376
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Published: Westminster John Knox Press - October 27th, 2011

Writing across theological disciplines, nine African American women scholars reflect on what it means to live as responsible doers of justice.


Signs of Hope: Thomas Merton's Letters on Peace, Race, and Ecology Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781626984301
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Published: Orbis Books - October 20th, 2021

"The real hope, then, is not in something we think we can do, but in God who is making something good out of it in some way we cannot see. If we can do His will, we will be helping in this process.


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This year's festival, November 18-20, highlights renowned speakers and artists who will help us challenge prevailing narratives and explore pathways to truth, repair and hope in framing a future designed by justice.