For over a generation now, conservative religion has had a monopoly in the United States. Or so our politics and the popular press have told us. Both have a tendency to polarize: religion=conservative versus liberal=secular individualist. But this view is simplistic and one-dimensional.
For over a generation, conservative religion has seemed dominant in America. But there are signs of a strengthening liberal religious movement. For it to flourish, laypeople need a sense of their theological heritage. A House for Hope lays out, in lively and engaging language, the theological house that religious liberalism has inherited-and suggests how this heritage will need to be spiritually and theologically transformed. With chapters that suggest liberal religious commitment is based on common hopes and an expansive love for life, A House for Hope shows how religious liberals have countered fundamentalists for generations, and provides progressives with a theological and spiritual foundation for the years ahead.
John A. Buehrens is president of the Unitarian Universalist Association; he lives in Boston. Forrest Church, senior minister of the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City, is author of Life Lines: Holding On (and Letting Go) (0-8070-2723-5 / $11.00).
Introduction John Buehrens and Rebecca Parker Part One The Garden Chapter One: This Holy Ground Rebecca Parker Chapter Two: Last Things First John Buehrens Part Two The Sheltering Walls Chapter Three: Life Together Rebecca Parker Chapter Four: Restoring Heartwood John Buehrens Part Three The Roof Chapter Five: Deliver Us from Evil Rebecca Parker Chapter Six: Taking Refuge John Buehrens Part Four The Foundations Chapter Seven: The Rocks Will Cry Out Rebecca Parker Chapter Eight: The Changing of the Foundations John Buehrens Part Five The Welcoming Rooms Chapter Nine: A Home for Love Rebecca Parker Chapter Ten: The Welcome Table John Buehrens Chapter Eleven: A Sanctuary for the Spirit John Buehrens and Rebecca Parker Part Six The Threshold Chapter Twelve: No Caravan of Despair Rebecca Parker Chapter Thirteen: A Call to Partnership
"A thoughtful meditation on religion, duty, and the common good."--Booklist "To some observers, religion and conservatism have become inextricably fused. But to [Buehrens and Parker], something new is emerging--a liberal religious renaissance."--Steven Levingston, The Washington Post
"For nearly three decades, journalists and pundits have focused on the views and beliefs of the Religious Right and basically ignored members of America's mainline and liberal Protestant establishment. . . . [Buehrens and Parker] have set out to reintroduce people to the riches and bounties of progressive religion."--Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice
"Buehrens and Parker begin with the life of service and work for justice and deepen it to show the implicit beliefs that it assumes and that are implicit in it. They show that progressive Protestants can be proud and articulate about their beliefs."--John B. Cobb Jr., coauthor of For the Common Good
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