Off the Shelf: Charles Marsh

December 15, 2009

Charles Marsh, director of the Project on Lived Theology and professor of religious and theological studies, and John Perkins, founder of Voice of Calvary Ministries in Mississippi and the Christian Community Development Association, "Welcoming Justice: God's Movement Toward Beloved Community." InterVarsity Press

American society has seen remarkable progress in recent decades toward Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of "beloved community." But this is not only because of the activism and sacrifice of one generation of civil rights leaders; it happened because God was on the move, according to the authors.

Historian and theologian Charles Marsh partners with veteran activist John Perkins to chronicle what they see as God's vision for more equitable and just world. They argue that the civil rights movement was one important episode in God's larger movement throughout human history of pursuing justice and beloved community. Perkins reflects on his long ministry and identifies key themes and lessons he has learned, and Marsh highlights the legacy of Perkins' work in American society. Together they show how abandoned places are being restored and divisions are being reconciled, and what individuals and communities are doing to welcome peace and justice.