Sacred Resistance

A Practical Guide to Christian Witness and Dissent

By Ginger Gaines-Cirelli Published
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Get empowered to speak out and act in troubled times.

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.

Sacred Resistance addresses these questions, among others:

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

About the Author

Ginger Gaines-Cirelli

Ginger Gaines-Cirelli is the Senior Pastor at Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. She previously served as pastor at two other beltway area United Methodist Churches, St. Matthew's and Capitol Hill. She earned a M.Div. at Yale Divinity School and was a Princeton Theological Fellow. She served as a general editor for the CEB Women's Bible.