:The walls between us seem impenetrable.We live in an age of strife and division. Factors such as race, class, values and lifestyles keep us from connecting with others in meaningful ways. It's easy to avoid or ignore those who make...
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:The walls between us seem impenetrable.We live in an age of strife and division. Factors such as race, class, values and lifestyles keep us from connecting with others in meaningful ways. It's easy to avoid or ignore those who make us uncomfortable and those we just do not like, but God's call to the church is to do just the opposite.Leroy Barber has spent decades pursuing reconciliation and justice amongst groups of vastly diverse people. He knows the challenge of embracing those who are difficult to embrace, yet he advocates that the way to radical shalom on earth is through pursuing these relationships.We have the opportunity as the people of God to bring true peace and unity to a world that desperately needs it. Embrace the challenge to show a divided world the bridge-building power of God's love.
Leroy Barber is president of Mission Year, a national urban initiative introducing eighteen- to twenty-nine-year-olds to missional and communal living for one year of their lives, and CEO of FCS Urban Ministries. He is pastor of Community Life Church and on the boards of CCDA and Word Made Flesh. Leroy is the author of New Neighbor: An Invitation to Join Beloved Community and was also chosen to be a contributor to the groundbreaking book unChristian. Leroy is married to Donna, and together they have five children.
- :forewordintroduction1 Embracing The Place2 The Ones We Avoid3 God Likes Pumpkin Pie4 Looking At Change The Right Way5 Going The Distance6 Take Me Out To The Ballgame7 Natural Justice8 Love Even Our Enemies9 Yes, Black Lives Matteracknowledgmentsnotes