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Standing in the Margin: How Your Congregation Can Minister With the Poor (and perhaps recover its soul in the process) [Paperback]

By Mary Alice Mulligan (Author) & Jr. Burrow Rufus (Author)
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Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.56" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.35"
Weight:   0.43 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2004
Publisher   Pilgrim Press
ISBN  0829815449  
EAN  9780829815443  


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"We know that all around us, invisibly, people on the silent margins of society are barely surviving. Each of these persons is a precious, beloved child of God. Standing in the Margin is a small group study book, offered to help you think through ways to live out your beliefs more faithfully. We know that the suffering at the margins of society is wrong, but we often do not know what to do about it. Here are some first steps." --from the Preface 12 small-group study sessions Explores biblical and theological reasons for standing with poor Offers practical, hands-on help Focuses on ministering with not to persons

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Standing in the Margin consists of 12 small-group study sessions for adults to challenge individuals and congregations to stand with those who have the least. With care and insight based on their years of experience, Mulligan and Burrow explore the biblical and theological roots of ministry with the poor, disenfranchised, and others who live in the margins, and offer practical, hands-on help for how to minister with--not to--those who live and work at the edge of society.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Ronald J. Allen is Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Preaching and New Testament at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. He is author of many books, including Patterns of Preaching and Interpreting the Gospel, and coauthor of One Gospel, Many Ears and Listening to Listeners, all from Chalice Press. "Mary Alice Mulligan Diane Turner-Sharazz is instructor in homiletics and the Homer J. Elford Chair of Homiletics at the Methodist Theological School of Ohio. Dawn Ottoni Wilhelm is assistant professor of preaching and worship at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Indiana.

Mary Alice Mulligan currently resides in Indianapolis. Mary Alice Mulligan was born in 1952.

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Using all the space on the page...  May 2, 2004
In the forward to this text by Mary Alice Mulligan and Rufus Burrow, Jr. (both are professors at my seminary, with whom I have studied in the past few years), David Buttrick states that one of the difficulties mainline Protestantism has had in the past generation has been its inability to preach to the poor and adjust to the general change in American culture, that change being that increasing affluence is no longer considered a birthright, even of the (now shrinking) middle class. He suggests as other analysts have that we live 'between the times', likening this period to that between the Renaissance and the Reformation, where there is cultural upheaval and confusion.

Into the mix, Mulligan and Burrow suggest a programme of twelve sessions to be used by churches to recover a sense and practice of ministry to the poor and marginalised. Ministry in the Margins for the authors takes on a different meaning that what most comfortable, mainline churches might think of as being such a ministry - it is not simply charity or volunteer work, however well-intentioned and dedicated; it is not self-pity at the loss of status of the church; it is not gentrification, which can make an old neighbourhood or community look very nice, but usually at the expense of pushing out the previous people; and it is not an 'anything goes' idea of accepting everyone and everything. Mulligan and Burrow see Ministry in the Margin as communal, Christian, and focused upon those persons who have been ignored, abused and overlooked by traditional hierarchies and powers.

There are several practical aspects of the text. This is intended to be used in a group setting, as people come together and read the Bible, study and converse with each other, taking care to include the voices of all. The twelve sessions consist of study/presentation times and question/answer times, done in pairs. The book itself has six primary sections, each divided into a presentation of materials (for the first sessions of the pairs), and then questions to be considered over the course of time until the second session of the pairs. Mulligan and Burrow suggest that different people lead sessions, but that the same person who leads a presentation session conduct the question/answer session following. This gives both adequate lead-time for questions and answers, as well as sufficient time in the planning and conduct of meetings - question time won't get squeezed out in favour of more presentation.

The six primary sections look at the idea of Ministry in the Margins, working through issues of vocation and call to Ministry, looking at biblical and theological bases for such ministry, a special emphasis on the prophet Micah ('what does the Lord require'), putting together a practical Ministry in the Margins, and finally recognising and mending wounds.

Mulligan and Burrow weave together narratives from history, biblical sources and spiritual literature to create an interesting narrative. They draw on rabbinic sources (God's council with the angels to find where the world needs mending) as easily as personal stories (their son's writing lessons in school) to bring their points to life in an accessible and enlightening manner.

 

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