Latest news & views

Spring Reading on Social Justice

Relevant Magazine just put out a list of 9 Social Justice Books to Read This Fall (or Spring for us). They point out that When we think of social justice, we typically think of action, and action is certainly vital, but we also need study and reflection to help us understand the complexity that surrounds any given issue. If you're interested you can check out their whole list, but here are the ones that stood out to me.
The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence
by Gary A. Haugen and Victor Boutros (Oxford University Press)
Although we have made great strides in the battle against global poverty over the last three decades, Western generosity alone will not eliminate poverty. This important book looks at various forms of violence—for instance, rape, slavery, land theft—and how they contribute to the cycle of poverty. The authors make a convincing case that efforts to work for a world beyond poverty must include the messy work of resisting violence.
Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World?
by Eugene Cho (David C. Cook)
Never afraid to ask a pointed question, Eugene Cho calls us not just to love and talk about justice, but to be actively engaged in seeking justice. It is not just others who need to be healed and transformed, but we ourselves as well, and Cho maintains that we start to find our own transformation in working for change among others.
The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food
by Dan Barber (The Penguin Press)

This new work by Dan Barber is likely the most important book on food to be published this year. Barber argues that the food produced by neither conventional agriculture (the first plate) nor local and organic agriculture (the second plate), is a sustainable way to farm and eat. Rather, he argues for the third plate, “an integrated system of vegetable, grain and livestock production that is ... dictated by what we choose to cook for dinner.”

Red, Brown, Yellow, Black, White—Who's More Precious In God's Sight?: A call for Diversity in Christian Missions
by Leroy Barber (Jericho Books)
Rooted in over 20 years of urban ministry, Leroy Barber’s newest book makes the pointed observation that people of color almost never serve in the mission field. Red, Brown, Yellow, Black, White explores the implications of this observation, and argues persuasively that a diversification of both church and mission field is sorely needed.

To read the whole list visit 9 Social Justice Books to Read This Fall