Summer 2014 – Vol. 37, No. 2
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Minding the Margins: Christians Must Look Beyond the Middle Class
By Janelle Vandergrift
The middle class’ concern for their own interests is legitimate, but people of faith must put a particular emphasis on the needs of the most vulnerable and ensure their voices are heard amid the political noise.
A shortened version of Dr. Doug Gruner’s keynote address at CPJ’s 2014 Annual General Meeting.
Jobs, Training, and the Common Good
An interview with Mike Luff
A Senior Research at the Canadian Labour Congress, Mike presented at the Dignity for All policy summit on Employment.
Defiance, Not Compliance: Turning the Other Cheek
By Leah Watkiss
As Jesus’ example demonstrates, even when we have no social, political, or economic power, we can still find ways to stand our ground, take control of the power dynamic, and cause people in power to see us in a new light without using violence.
Economic Justice: Are We There Yet?
By Joe Gunn
Conversations around contentious social, economic, and environmental themes are not always easy. Only inviting people who all think the same as you do is comforting – but rarely leads to stretching our knowledge base. Yet a recent conference in Edmonton set a hospitable table for dialogue on a range of political and socio-economic views, and it seemed to work.
In our hurry to make meaning out of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we sometimes fail to stop and make meaning out of his life. Jesus did not just happen to stumble upon the underdogs of society on his way toward the cross. If anyone has ever lived life intentionally, it was Jesus.
- Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist By Bill McKibben (Reviewed by Mishka Lysack)
- Tax Is Not a Four-Letter Word: A Different Take on Taxes in Canada Edited by Alex Himelfarb and Jordan Himelfarb (Reviewed by Dennis Howlett)
- The Lucky Ones: African Refugees’ Stories of Extraordinary Courage By Anne Mahon (Reviewed by Ashley Chapman)
- Shopping for Votes: How Politicians Choose Us and We Choose Them By Susan Delacourt (Reviewed Katherine Scott)
- Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever By Maude Barlow (Reviewed by Sheila McKinley osu)
- Jesus on Justice: Living Lives of Compassion and Conviction By Don Posterski (Reviewed by Karri Munn-Venn)
- On God’s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned about Serving the Common Good By Jim Wallis (Reviewed by Brad Wassink)
- Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power By Andy Crouch (Reviewed by Janelle Vandergrift)
- How the World’s Religions Are Responding to Climate Change Edited by Robin Globus Veldman, Andrew Szasz, and Randolph Haluza- DeLay (Reviewed by Ben Pasha)
- Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat By James D. Bratt (Reviewed by Joe Gunn)
- Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now By Walter Brueggemann (Reviewed by Genevieve Gallant)