God and Government in the Ghetto

The Politics of Church-State Collaboration in Black America

Author: Michael Leo Owens

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226642089

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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In recent years, as government agencies have encouraged faith-based organizations to help ensure social welfare, many black churches have received grants to provide services to their neighborhoods’ poorest residents. This collaboration, activist churches explain, is a way of enacting their faith and helping their neighborhoods. But as Michael Leo Owens demonstrates in God and Government in the Ghetto, this alliance also serves as a means for black clergy to reaffirm their political leadership and reposition moral authority in black civil society. Drawing on both survey data and fieldwork in New York City, Owens reveals that African American churches can use these newly forged connections with public agencies to influence policy and government responsiveness in a way that reaches beyond traditional electoral or protest politics. The churches and neighborhoods, Owens argues, can see a real benefit from that influence—but it may come at the expense of less involvement at the grassroots. Anyone with a stake in the changing strategies employed by churches as they fight for social justice will find God and Government in the Ghetto compelling reading.

The Cultural Matrix

Understanding Black Youth

Author: Orlando Patterson

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674967305

Category: Social Science

Page: 685

View: 3199

The Cultural Matrix seeks to unravel an American paradox: the socioeconomic crisis and social isolation of disadvantaged black youth, on the one hand, and their extraordinary integration and prominence in popular culture on the other. This interdisciplinary work explains how a complex matrix of cultures influences black youth.

Terror in the Mind of God

The Global Rise of Religious Violence

Author: Mark Juergensmeyer

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520240117

Category: Political Science

Page: 319

View: 1421

This well-regarded look at the connection between religion and terrorism has been updated to include events of September 11, 2001. Its focus is to better understand how and why some people are willing to commit acts of violence in the name of their god(s) and a greater good.

Dance Between Two Cultures

Latino Caribbean Literature Written in the United States

Author: William Luis

Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press

ISBN: 9780826513953

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 352

View: 2796

Offers insights on Latino Caribbean writers born or raised in the United States who are at the vanguard of a literary movement that has captured both critical and popular interest. In this groundbreaking study, William Luis analyzes the most salient and representative narrative and poetic works of the newest literary movement to emerge in Spanish American and U.S. literatures. The book is divided into three sections, each focused on representative Puerto Rican American, Cuban American, and Dominican American authors. Luis traces the writers' origins and influences from the nineteenth century to the present, focusing especially on the contemporary works of Oscar Hijuelos, Julia Alvarez, Cristina Garcia, and Piri Thomas, among others. While engaging in close readings of the texts, Luis places them in a broader social, historical, political, and racial perspective to expose the tension between text and context. As a group, Latino Caribbeans write an ethnic literature in English that is born of their struggle to forge an identity separate from both the influences of their parents' culture and those of the United States. For these writers, their parents' country of origin is a distant memory. They have developed a culture of resistance and a language that mediates between their parents' identity and the culture that they themselves live in. Latino Caribbeans are engaged in a metaphorical dance with Anglo Americans as the dominant culture. Just as that dance represents a coming together of separate influences to make a unique art form, so do both Hispanic and North American cultures combine to bring a new literature into being. This new body of literature helps us to understand not only the adjustments Latino Caribbean cultures have had to make within the larger U.S. environment but also how the dominant culture has been affected by their presence.

Government By the People of God

Directing the Affairs of Our Country Spiritually

Author: Godsword Godswill Onu

Publisher: Osmora Incorporated

ISBN: 2765909555

Category: Religion

Page: 145

View: 1678

Christians can control the affairs of their countries by the preaching of the Gospel, which only is the source of salvation to mankind. The more people submit to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the better the society and government will be. And God listens to the cries, prayers, and intercessions we make on behalf of our nation and people. The heart of the king is in the Hand of God, and He can turn their hearts as we pray, no matter the demonic opposition that is against our nation. And we have to take part in the politics of our country, directly or indirectly. This is because if we are indifferent to our national politics, those that the devil will put there will rule and lead us.

A Heaven in the Ghetto

Poems of Truth, Love and Honor

Author: Berlinda White

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 059540555X

Category: Poetry

Page: 300

View: 998

Never see disparity and pretend we're blind, When we learn to have wisdom And not sacrifice good for grandeur, Don't partake in parts of foolishness Getting caught up in the mazes of life, Listening to others say, "Let your ego have its way" Knowing that would be a bitter move, Have a sense of Heaven about you Cause love is rare in this day As families part, but not pass away, When we learn to be brighter Instead of getting wrapped up in burdens of fire This is what will make our lives inspire, We must come to terms That we need a sense of concern, This will be the message When we learn

James Baldwin’s Understanding of God

Overwhelming Desire and Joy

Author: J. Young

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137454342

Category: Religion

Page: 222

View: 3904

This book focuses on Baldwin's experiences as a gifted black writer who fought valiantly against racism and wrote openly about homosexual relationships. Baldwin's God is a 'mysteriously impersonal' force he calls love- 'something . . . like a fire, like the wind, something which can change you.'

Religious Education in Theafrican American Tradition

Author: N.A

Publisher: Chalice Press

ISBN: 9780827232846


Page: 152

View: 9075

Schweitzer?s goal in this book is to explore what postmodernity actually means for theology and how theology and the church may respond to its challenges. He focuses on the life cycle as it is changing with the advent of postmodernity, looking sequentially at segments of the life cycle using different lenses: modernity, postmodernity, and responses from church and theology. Schweitzer concludes with a theology of the life cycle.

The 44th President

Is It a Curse Or a Blessing? You Tell Me!!!

Author: Gabriel Kwashie Kofie

Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 1608447294

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

View: 6265

Born on the 4th July, 1971 at a suburb town of the then Chrsitianburg Castle, Osu in the capital of Accra, is Gabriel Kwashie Kofie. He had his formal high school education at the Nungua Presbyterian Secondary and Commercial School where he specialized in literature and Economics and later became after completion of secondary education in June 1990 a Travel Agent in his father's company called, Davie's Travel Agency limited located in the Teshie Estates Residence of the father where he is currently living with his wife and three children until the privileged trip to the U.S.A. He is currently the owner of two "Grass Hopper" registered firms namely, Dynamic Investments Services Ltd. and Anchor Marine Engineering Services. "Thank God for the divine privilege accorded us in the Salvation of our lives; for the power to bereave the kingdoms of the dark-world has come nigh upon us." Hallelujah!!!

Words of Wisdom for Our World

The Precautions and Counsels of St. John of the Cross

Author: Susan Muto

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1556356196

Category: Religion

Page: 80

View: 1668

Thomas Merton once described the Precautions and Counsels of St. John of the Cross as "the most detailed and concrete and practical set of rules for arriving at religious perfection I have ever seen." Yet many today need assistance in discovering the treasures these brief works contain. In this book, Susan Muto continues her efforts to open up the riches of John of the Cross for modern audiences. She shows how these challenging texts, first written for sixteenth century friars and nuns, are firmly rooted in the values of the Gospel, and offer essential practical and spiritual wisdom for contemporary men and women of every age and way of life. Also included are a translation of the Precautions and Counsels by Kieran Kavanaugh, O.C.D., as well as a preface by the translator.

God's Got This

Author: Dennis Dunn (II.)

Publisher: First Edition Design Pub.

ISBN: 1622870425

Category: Religion

Page: 23

View: 2707

Have you ever thought about how our Lord uses the most unusual circumstances to let us know that He is up to something? Sometimes, as it was in Elijah's experience, our brook dries up and we must move to a new location. At other times, God may use a burning bush as He did with Moses. But what about when God moves and uses a stolen, car, or a storm from out west to alert you He is about to change your location and vocation? Believe it or not, our God has a sense of humor in showing up in the most unique situations. Life is full of transitions, and there are times we need the assurance that He cares no matter what storms arise in our lives. God's Got This is a book that helps us to understand, that in life, God's involvement is ever-present. He does have a plan for our lives if we allow Him to direct us to the place where He will mold, develop, and then use us to become a treasure to His kingdom plan. Author Bio: Dennis Dunn is a resident of Albuquerque, NM for over twenty years and currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church. He is a visionary' with a passion for people who need a helping hand. His philosophy has been, when you find a need, fill it. When you discover a hurt, heal it. Jesus developed this philosophy further, as he pursued a ministry of helps to those who could not help themselves. His passion to write this book is in the message it conveys-whatever challenging circumstance you face in life, God's Got It in the palm of His hands. keywords: Christian Book, Struggles, God's Plan, Dennis Dunn,

The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton

Author: Thomas Merton

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 0811223094

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 446

View: 4133

"This is quintessential Merton."—The Catholic Review. "The moment of takeoff was ecstatic...joy. We left the ground—I with Christian mantras and a great sense of destiny, of being at last on my true way after years of waiting and wondering..." With these words, dated October 15. 1968, the late Father Thomas Merton recorded the beginning of his fateful journey to the Orient. His travels led him from Bangkok, through India to Ceylon, and back again to Bangkok for his scheduled talk at a conference of Asian monastic orders. There he unequivocally reaffirmed his Christian vocation. His last journal entry was made on December 8, 1968, two days before his untimely, accidental death. Amply illustrated with photographs he himself took along the way and fully indexed, the book also contains a glossary of Asian religious terms, a preface by the Indian scholar Amiya Chakravarty, a foreword and postscript by Brother Patrick Hart of the Abbey of Gethsemani, as well as several appendices, among them the text of Merton's final address.

God's Presence in the Life of an Ordinary Woman

An Autobiography

Author: Kitty McCaffrey

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 1449763081

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 316

View: 9469

God's Presence in the Life of an Ordinary Woman is about an everyday sort of woman who became a Christian early in life. She shares the many times when she couldn’t feel God with her, begged to feel His presence, and wondered why He was so busy with everyone else. She also shares how she trudged through these times to come again to a full realization of God’s presence. Through all these times, she yearned to serve Him. As in childhood, now in old age, she yearns for His favor.

Armageddon Timeline Decoded

Author: Bruce Joseph Hattrick

Publisher: Page Publishing Inc

ISBN: 1628381914

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 178

View: 8414

Joseph Steward’s life takes an unexpected turn when he is wrongly sent to federal prison for a crime he did not commit. During his incarceration, Steward spends his time studying the Bible, where he develops a unique ability to make connections that the rest of society has missed. He explains these connections in letters he send s to a friend, not expecting anything to come of them. However, one day, he’s visited by a representative of a mysterious organization who claims to understand his theories and wants him to help advance their goals. On an adventure that spans the globe, Steward and his new companions realize that the connections he made in prison are part of a larger secret that could have dire consequences for humanity. As they explore these occurrences, Steward become entangled in a web of mystery and intrigue that forces him and everyone around him to choose a side for Armageddon, which is quickly approaching.

Encyclopedia of the Holocaust

Author: Dr Robert Rozett,Dr Shmuel Spector

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135969574

Category: Reference

Page: 534

View: 7733

Encyclopedia of the Holocaust is a comprehensive, authoritative one-volume reference that provides reliable information on this ignoble and frightening episode of modern history. It features eight essays on the history of the Holocaust and its antecedents, as well as coverage of such topics as the history of European Jewry, Jewish contributions to European culture, and the rise of anti-semitism and Nazism. The essays are followed by more than 650 entries on significant aspects of the Holocaust, including people, cities and countries, camps, resistance movements, political actions, and outcomes. More than 300 black-and-white photographs from the archives at Yad Vashem bear witness to the horrors of the Nazi regime and at the same time attest to the invincibility of the human spirit. Best Specialist Reference Work of the Year - Reference Reviews UK

The Healer's Way

Bringing Hands-On Compassion to a Love-Starved World

Author: Earnie Larsen,Cedella Marley

Publisher: Conari Press

ISBN: 9781609257743

Category: Self-Help

Page: 226

View: 4108

A leader in the recovery movement reveals how we can all heal. At the center of The Healer's Way is the "hoop"--a seven-step process of healing. First we need to make sure our core needs are met; without those we not only can't heal ourselves or others--we probably can't live. Then we need to get lost (step 2), get hurt (step 3), get stuck and hit the bottom of the circle (step 4). Only then can we get called (step 5), get up (step 6), and get going (step 7). Once we get going, we move through the cycle again and again, as life presents us with new opportunities for healing ourselves and others. The Healer's Way is the culmination of Earnie Larsen's thirty-plus years as a counselor. The seeds for the book were the questions of a young counselor: How do you keep going? What do you do when you can't make a difference? What makes a healer? The young man asked Larsen to be his mentor and some time later his stories, clues, questions, and answers came together in this book. Larsen writes, "In the beginning, and in the end, healing is about change. The pages here are about one thing and one thing only: the spiritual alchemy involved in the amazing-grace process of personal transformation."

With God on their Side

Sport in the Service of Religion

Author: Timothy Chandler,Tara Magdalinski

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134511663

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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'Sport' and 'religion' are cultural institutions with a global reach. Each is characterised by ritualised performance and by the ecstatic devotion of its followers, whether in the sports arena or the cathedral of worship. This fascinating collection is the first to examine, in detail, the relationship between these two cultural institutions from an international, religiously pluralistic perspective. It illuminates the role of sport and religion in the social formation of collective groups, and explores how sport might operate in the service of a religious community. The book offers a series of cutting-edge contemporary historical case-studies, wide-ranging in their social and religious contexts. It presents important new work on the following fascinating topics: * sport and Catholicism in Northern Ireland * Shinto and sumo in Japan * women, sport and the American Jewish identity * religion, race and rugby in South Africa * sport and Islam in France and North Africa * sport and Christian fundamentalism in the US * Muhammad Ali and the Nation of Islam. With God on their Side is vital reading for all students of the history, sociology and culture of sport. It also presents important new research material that will be of interest to religious studies students, historians and anthropologists.

God Is Back

How the Global Revival of Faith Is Changing the World

Author: John Micklethwait,Adrian Wooldridge

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101032411

Category: Religion

Page: 416

View: 4896

A landmark examination of the resurgence of faith around the globe The Editor in Chief of The Economist and its Lexington columnist show how the global rise of religion will dramatically impact our century in God Is Back. Contrary to the popular assumption that modernism would lead to the rejection of faith, American-style evangelism has sparked a global revival. On the street and in the corridors of power the authors shine a bright light on a vast yet until now hidden world of religion. Twenty-first-century faith is being fueled by a very American emphasis on competition and a customer-driven attitude toward salvation. Revealing how the religion boom is destabilizing politics and the global economy, God Is Back concludes by showing how the same American ideas that created our unique religious style can be applied to channel the rising tide of faith away from volatility and violence.

God's Will in a Time of Crisis

A Colloquium Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Baillie Commission

Author: Andrew R. Morton

Publisher: CTPI (Edinburgh)

ISBN: 1870126270

Category: Church and the world

Page: 83

View: 3918