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As a scholar-preacher, I am deeply committed to themes of social justice found in the gospel readings. But I have certainly experienced parishioners who got upset when confronted with this liberationist message. They told me I should keep politics out of pulpit and, most importantly, out of the church. It led me to ponder how pastors can help their congregations better understand the church’s commitment to the “preferential option for the poor.”
This is an excerpt from an essay in Renew 52: 50+ Ideas to Revitalize Your Congregation from Leaders under 50. Download the e-book for free.
Keri Day is assistant professor of Theological and Social Ethics and Black Church Studies at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.
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