In the midst of polarized communities and nations, religious leaders across the theological spectrum are seeking help with how to respond and lead in troubled times. The need for courage to speak out and act is ever-present, because every generation faces a new set of fears and troubles.
Author Ginger Gaines-Cirelli pastors a church in the heart of Washington DC, adjacent to the White House, which actively works to bring justice and help for marginalized communities, refugees and immigrants, and the endangered earth. She inspires and leads this work through preaching and by organizing and developing strong leaders, deeply rooted in a well-developed theological understanding. Pastoral warmth and compassion characterize the recommended practices.
• When Christians see that something is wrong in our nation or community, how and when should we respond?
• When we see multiple instances of 'wrong', how do we choose which ones to address?
• How can pastors and other leaders faithfully take risks without violating relationships with the congregation or denomination?
• What historical, biblical, and theological safety nets can be relied on?
• How can we take care of ourselves and one another, so that our ministries and lives are sustained?
"Sacred Resistance is a powerful word for this moment in our nation, and for all moments. Taking a sacred stance toward injustice is quite simply what it means to be a Christian.”
—Serene Jones, president, Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY
"Sacred Resistance forgoes rote Christian clichés and instead examines scripture and invites the voices of scholars to the conversation. Sacred Resistance is a book for personal reflection and small group discernment in taking the next faithful step toward co-creating beloved community.”
—Theresa S. Thames, Associate Dean of Religious Life and the Chapel, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
"Sacred Resistance does us all a favor by redefining resistance, taking it out of the temporal realm of today’s politics and moving it to a place where committed Christians can determine to fight injustice and live lives of hope and love for God and community.”
—Mike McCurry, former White House Press Secretary; director and professor, Center for Public Theology, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC
"Sacred Resistance shows us how to live as people of faith in this time based on the way scripture encourages people to live in every time.”
—Tom Berlin, lead pastor, Floris United Methodist Church, Herndon, VA; coauthor of High Yield: Seven Disciplines of the Fruitful Leader and author of Restored: Finding Redemption in Our Mess and other books from Abingdon Press
“Reverend Ginger Gaines-Cirelli is a terrific leader at Foundry United Methodist Church, which was my spiritual home when I lived in Washington, DC. Now she has written a timely, important book for anyone searching for hope, strength, and meaning in troubled times. She offers thoughtful, heartfelt guidance to seasoned activists and newcomers alike on how to keep perspective, strengthen bonds of empathy and community, and ground our lives in ‘sacred resistance.’ A powerful reminder to keep fighting and keep the faith.”
—Hillary Rodham Clinton, former US Secretary of State