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Of all the roles the church is called to fulfill, its prophetic mission is frequently the most neglected. Proclaiming and living out the prophetic message disturbs rather than comforts and risks criticism or even condemnation for taking a stance that is unpopular or threatening to the status of the community. Yet the church must speak out against the systemic nature of evil if it is to fulfill its calling as the body of Christ. God's unconditional love and truth that call the church into being summon us not only to love and care for one another with compassion, but also to demonstrate that compassion in ways that confront systemic evil in all forms. The Prophetic Call focuses on the disturbing and yet liberating form of witness described as the prophetic. It brings together a wide range of social ethicists, activists, and theologians to probe the deepest meaning of what it means for us today to take up the cross and follow the Christ. Each author shows us the importance of bringing the prophetic tradition back into our Christian worship, stimulating creative forms of liturgy to affirm and celebrate the transforming, liberating mission of prophetic ministry. Essays include: The Prophets as Challengers of Authority, John Bullard The Failure of Community, Sharon G. Thornton Building Authentic Faith Communities, Ismael Garcia A Prophetic Vision of Building Worldwide Community, Ann Bragdon Issues of Ecological Concern for the Church and Society, Charles McCollough Becoming a Church for Ecology and Justice, Dieter T. Hessel A Prophetic Vision of Restoring the Earth, David W. Randle Issues of Injustice in the Church and Society, Cynthia Bowman Building a Justice-affirming Church, Jim Wallis From Empire to Community, Joseph Gerson Issues of Peacemaking in the Church and Society, Richard L. Deats Building a Peacemaking Church, Jay Lintner A Prophetic Vision of Establishing Worldwide Peace, Hugh W. Sanborn
Women older than 65 are a large subgroup of the average congregation, yet women are noticeably absent in the literature and training in pastoral care and counseling. They outnumber same-aged men in the general United States population by more than 40 percent but are underrepresented in genealogical studies and disappear from the media, which depicts few positive images of older women in television, movies, and advertisements. In an in-depth study of women over the age of 65, Karen Scheib asked women how they feel they are perceived in their churches. Their answer: "invisible." Karen Scheib believes that invisibility results from social, political, and economic factors that provide the context in which women age. This social context is not neutral toward aging, but defines or constructs what it means to grow old and to be old. Understanding the construction of older women's invisibility in both church and society requires a perspective that moves beyond the individual experiences of aging to an analysis of the social forces that shape the experience of aging in America.
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