Friendship at the Margins: Discovering Mutuality in Service and Mission

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  • Copyright: 2010-04-01
  • Publisher: Intervarsity Pr
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In our anonymous and dehumanized world, the simple practice of friendship is radically countercultural. But sometimes Christians inadvertently marginalize and objectify the very ones they most want to serve.Chris Heuertz, international director of Word Made Flesh, and theologian and ethicist Christine Pohl show how friendship is a Christian vocation that can bring reconciliation and healing to our broken world. They contend that unlikely friendships are at the center of an alternative paradigm for mission, where people are not objectified as potential converts but encountered in a relationship of mutuality and reciprocity.When we befriend those on the margins of society by practicing hospitality and welcome, we create communities where righteousness and justice can be lived out. Heuertz and Pohl's reflections offer fresh insight into Christian mission and what it means to be the church in the world today.

Author Biography

Christopher L. Heuertz is international director of Word Made Flesh, an organization that exists to serve Jesus among the most vulnerable of the world's poor. He is the author of Simple Spirituality. Christine D. Pohl (Ph.D., Emory University) is professor of social ethics at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. Her books include Making Room and Living on the Boundaries.

Table of Contents

Series Prefacep. 7
Introductionp. 9
The Vocation of Relationshipp. 23
Reconnecting Righteousness and justice Through Friendshipsp. 47
Mutuality in Missionp. 69
Naming the Ambiguities and Tensionsp. 91
A Spirituality Fit for the Marginsp. 119
Epiloguep. 141
Study Guidep. 143
Acknowledgmentsp. 151
Notesp. 153
About the Duke Divinity School Center for Reconciliationp. 157
About Resources for Reconciliationp. 160
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