>lOut And Outl has been written in response to the questions that Dave Andrews, the radical Christian community worker, has been asked again and again by Christian community workers all over the world. And the answers that he shares with us in this book have been forged and tested in the fire of his own personal, vocational and professional experience as a grass roots community worker. Out And Outl is an attempt to explore what he calls 'Christian Mystic Community Work', that inspires, shapes and sustains the Waiters Union, an inner city community network, that he is a part of, which is 'way out' in terms of its inclusiveness of 'up and outs' and 'down and outs'. >lOut And Outl covers the contribution of Initiatives Of Change and the Twelve Step Movement and concludes with a beautiful reflection by Dave's wife, Ange, on the legacy of hospitality Dave and Ange have tried to pass on to their children and their children's children.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"Dave Andrews has been and continues to be a major inspiration for my life and work." --Brian McLaren, A New Kind of Christian
"We are now clearly in a post-Christian time, and a more postmodern culture. A cross-cultural missionary practice is now needed. The Waiters Union offers one of the very few effective, replicable, genuine, missional models of (the future) church in Australia." Geoff Westlake, Cheers
"'Dave Andrews and the Waiters Union helped me out a whole lot. Dave does the best job of showing the implications of Jesus' teachings in how they play out in real life. He showed me what a life could look like if you followed the teachings of the first century Jesus. What Dave embodied seemed to be a representation of what the idea of followers of Jesus, or a church, could look like if the church can be loosed from literalism and conservatism and embrace the radicalism of Jesus." --Nick Fiedler, The Hopeful Skeptic
Dave Andrews, his wife Ange, and their family, have lived and worked in intentional communities with marginalized groups of people in Australia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India for forty years. Dave is interested in radical spirituality, incarnational community and the dynamics of personal and social transformation. He is author of many books, including Not Religion, But Love, A Divine Society, People Of Compassion, Compassionate Community Work, the Plan Be series, Bismillah and Isa. Dave and Ange and their friends started Aashiana, Sahara, and Sharan, faith-based community organizations working with slum dwellers, sex workers, drug addicts, and people with HIV/AIDS in India; and they are now part of the Waiters Union, an inner city Christian community network that is working alongside people of other faiths with Aborigines, refugees and people with disabilities in Brisbane, Australia. Dave is a founder of the Waiters Union; an educator for TEAR Australia; an international aid agency; a trainer for Praxis Community Co-operative; a teacher at Christian Heritage College; an elder emeritus for Servants To Asia's Urban Poor; and a member of AMARAH--Australian Muslim Advocates for the Rights of All Humanity.