Cause for Hope, Humanity at the Crossroads, By Bill Phipps
Kelowna, BC 10/31/2007 10:00 PM GMT (TransWorldNews)
“Hope, writes Bill Phipps, lies in society becoming conscious and aware—even roused—about the fact that there is nothing inevitable about a growing gap between the rich and the poor, about the continued plight of our aboriginal communities, or the perilous state of our natural environment. Cause for Hope offers up an inspirational vision for social progress, one which compels us to bridge the disconnect between our values and our vision for a just society and the often dissonant direction in which our world seems to be heading.”- The Hon. Roy Romanow, former premier of Saskatchewan and commissioner on the Future of Health Care in Canada.
All societies live by their stories. This provocative book from one of the most provocative leaders in the church challenges the governing story that has shaped and defined Western culture and society – a story that has manifested itself in ecological destruction, war and the obscene military expenditures that go with it, unprecedented consumerism, economic disparity between rich and poor, mistreatment of non-white cultures and races, sexism, and fear.
Clearly, it is time for a new story. Bill Phipps takes on the task of outlining the core themes of this new story with the passion and vision of a modern-day prophet. He shows us the deeply spiritual nature of the issues and choices that confront us. Recognizing that the challenges we face are inherently interconnected and can no longer be treated in isolation from each other, his approach is multi-faceted, touching on all aspects of life, including the role of the arts in bringing about transformation. Cause for Hope is part warning cry, part visionary exploration, and also part encouragement for the journey. As such, it is itself a cause for hope.
The Very Reverend Dr. Bill Phipps was Moderator of the United Church of Canada (1997–2000) and is an international president of the World Conference on Religion and Peace. Phipps has had a varied career as a lawyer, community organizer, hospital chaplain, adult educator, and minister and has an abiding involvement in social justice work, particularly with interfaith partners and First Nations. He has academic degrees from the University of Toronto, Osgoode Hall Law School, and McCormick Theological Seminary.
Published by Copperhouse, an imprint of Wood Lake Publishing
Cause for Hope
By Bill Phipps
Published by CopperHouse
224 Pages, Paper, Religion, Politics & State
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