Inspired to Serve

Inspired to Serve : Today's Faith Activists

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Curious about what had happened to the social activism of the 1960s, and in response to the recent interest in "faith-based initiatives," Mark Masse set out to identify people who had continued their social activism in the context of a religious commitment to work in aid of the poor and the disenfranchised. "Inspired to Serve" is a collection of interviews with, among others, a Jesuit priest working in a poor neighbourhood in Portland, an Irish-American nun working with migrants and others in central Florida, and a black Episcopalian minister on Chicago's Southside. What Masse found suggests that this generation of social activists is fading away, and it is uncertain who will take their place. In the interviews, Masse explores a social movement and an era in American life, examining how these individuals try to balance their secular and spiritual lives in the face of challenging more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 147.3 x 233.7 x 15.2mm | 181.44g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 12 b&w photos, 1 index
  • 0253217148
  • 9780253217141

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..". Masse's effort is an inspiring work on faith-driven activism." Religious Studies Review"show more

About Mark H. Masse

Mark H. Masse is Associate Professor of Journalism at Ball State University. As a freelance writer for more than twenty-five years, he has authored articles, essays, and stories in international, national, and regional publications."show more

Table of contents

1. Father Gary Smith: "Angel of the Streets" 2. Reverend Israel Suarez: "Fighting the Good Fight" 3. Sister Ann Kendrick: "La Monjita of the Fields" 4. Reverend Richard L. Tolliver: "You Can Do It, Richard" 5. Doug and Judy Hall: "Boston's Servant Leaders" 6. Father Roy Bourgeois: "The Courage of Convictions" 7. Marion Malcolm: "Justice for All Seasons" 8. Mary Nelson: "Rebuilding with Hope" 9. Reverend Skip Long: "Whatever It Takes" 10. Rabbi Steve Foster: "Never in Doubt" 11. Dr. M. Basheer Ahmed: "Messenger of Good News" 12. Mark Gonnerman: "Dharma Activist"show more

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