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The church has rarely moved beyond charity in addressing the challenges of the improverished and vulnerable children. Lacking is a holistic theology and praxis that incorperates the reality of poverty and the plight of children as integral to the church's theology and practice. Pamela Corture has accepted the challenge and with this book has produced a helpful resource for theologians, pastors, and other church leaders.
In Seeing Children, Seeing God, Pamela Couture explores the actual and potential relation of the church and the theological school to economically and socially (relationally) poor children. She argues that the solution to the problem of child poverty requires the shared responsibility of individuals, families, neighborhoods, congregations, governments, businesses, and international organizations because children develop within these multiple systems. With their unique access to these multiple systems, churches and theological schools are in a wonderful position to transform the social ecology within which children develop and to assist in children's flourishing. Concretely, what would it mean for the caring ministries of the church and those who teach and learn about them in seminary to make the issue of children and poverty central to what we do? How would this change the way we live?
Pamela Couture argues from a Wesleyan perspective that caring for poor children is a means of grace -- a grace that deepens our experience as the adopted children of God. She draws explicitly on recent writings that have updated the Wesleyan theological tradition. Seeing Children, Seeing God will be of particular interest to everyone who is concerned about children and poverty, especially from a Wesleyan perspective.
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