Healing Our Broken Humanity - Practices for Revitalizing the Church and Renewing the World

Healing Our Broken Humanity - Practices for Revitalizing the Church and Renewing the World

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16th Annual Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year - Culture

We live in conflicted times. Our newsfeeds are filled with inequality, division, and fear. We want to make a difference and see justice restored because Jesus calls us to be a peacemaking and reconciling people. But how do we do this?
Based on their work with diverse churches, colleges, and other organizations, Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Graham Hill offer Christian practices that can bring healing and hope to a broken world. They provide ten ways to transform society, from lament and repentance to relinquishing power, reinforcing agency, and more. Embodying these practices enables us to be the new humanity in Jesus Christ, so the church and world can experience reconciliation, justice, unity, peace, and love.
With small group activities, discussion questions, and exercises in each chapter, this book is ideal to read together in community. Discover here how to bring real change to a dehumanized world.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 139 x 209 x 15mm | 258g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0830845410
  • 9780830845415
  • 55,206

Table of contents

Foreword by Willie James Jennings

Introduction: Nine Practices That Heal Our Broken Humanity

1. Reimagine Church

2. Renew Lament

3. Repent Together

4. Relinquish Power

5. Restore Justice

6. Reactivate Hospitality

7. Reinforce Agency

8. Reconcile Relationships

9. Recover Life Together

Epilogue: A Benediction and Prayer


Appendix One: Questions for Discussion and Engagement

Appendix Two: The Nine Transforming Practices Accountability Form

Appendix Three: Resources for Healing Our Broken Humanity


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Review quote

"God wants to transform our broken world with radical love and justice. Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Graham Hill show us practical, life-giving ways that the church can help God's will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

Jacqui Lewis, senior minister at Middle Collegiate Church

"Healing Our Broken Humanity isn't so much a banquet as it is a big tasting plate, introducing us to a rich set of practices, rooted in the missional, contemplative, and progressive traditions of the church. Kim and Hill have packed their short book with such a vast array of ideas, resources, and stories, the reader's appetite to learn more and put it all into practice is thoroughly piqued--a wonderful introduction to the field."

Michael Frost, author of To Alter Your World and Surprise the World!

"There are many books dealing with diversity and reconciliation. Of all those books, including my own, I believe Healing Our Broken Humanity is the most relevant, hands-on, how-to manual on the subject you will encounter! Grace and Graham draw you into practical application from the earliest pages and they never let go. Regardless of whether you have been seeking ways to do the gospel in the midst of present brokenness or have become somewhat jaded to the theorizing of it, Healing Our Broken Humanity will not disappoint. Written by two powerfully seasoned and wise mentors, they have found the missing link on this subject that everyone and every church should read. Healing Our Broken Humanity lives up to its subtitle, Practices for Revitalizing the Church and Renewing the World, and what could be better than that?"

Randy S. Woodley, author of Shalom and the Community of Creation: An Indigenous Vision

"In these pages two voices that I respect harmonize beautifully to sing of what the church can be. Part road map for forming a community in the healing purposes of God, part primer on intersectional theology, part Bible study on how justice is at the center of following Jesus, this book is wholly about the practices that make us a people who live together more like Jesus (and less like jerks)."

Jarrod McKenna, cofounder of the #LoveMakesAWay movement and #FirstHomeProject for refugees

"Kim and Hill have marvelously provided what the church needs today: a road map for ways Christians can contribute to the common good and accordingly aid in the transformation of the world. Healing Our Broken Humanity is biblically grounded, sensitive to context, and eminently practical, as each chapter ends with concrete suggestions for 'practices, challenges, and activities for small groups' to move all those who encounter their book to immediate action. I heartily commend this book to all justice-seeking Christians."

Grace Yia-Hei Kao, associate professor of ethics at Claremont School of Theology, codirector at Center for Sexuality, Gender, and Religion
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About Grace Ji-sun Kim

Grace Ji-Sun Kim (PhD, St. Michael's College, University of Toronto) is associate professor of theology at Earlham School of Religion. She is author or editor of fifteen books, including Embracing the Other,
Christian Doctrines for Global Gender Justice, and Intercultural Ministry. She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Graham Hill (PhD, Flinders University) teaches applied theology at Morling College in Sydney, Australia. A former church planter and pastor, he is the founding director theglobalchurchproject.com. He is also the author of GlobalChurch: Reshaping Our Conversations, Renewing Our Mission, Revitalizing Our Churches. Willie James Jennings (PhD, Duke University) is associate professor of systematic theology and Africana studies at Yale Divinity School. He is the author of The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race.
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