Finding Faith in the Margins

By Becky Garrison 08-24-2010

When I was interviewed in The Austin American Statesman about my book Jesus Died for This?: A Satirist's Search for the Risen Christ I was asked "Are you hopeful that Christians are beginning to seek out what you consider more "nourishing" forms of Christianity?" I responded:

What gives me hope is that in my travels, I'm observing this growing underground movement of folks exploring what it means to enact Jesus' kingdom here on earth. They refused to be branded and reject labels like emergent, organic church, missional, new monasticism, and even Christianity. These folks tend to be very politically conscious but fight for change at the grassroots level because they've seen too many progressives lose their prophetic voice by becoming Obamatronics. Some of the voices they read include Cornel West, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dorothy Day, and Oscar Romero and others who integrate faith and social justice, as well as a rediscovery of the ancient mystics.

(I elaborate more on this branding biz that kills the prophetic voice in Killing the Buddha, http://theooze.tv/thinkfwd/becky-garrison-

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