Waiting for a Glacier to Move
Practicing Social Witness
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"Many books consider the church's social witness. This is good; social witness is vital to discipleship. Several books analyze that witness theologically. This is important; the church's theology makes social witness coherent. Few books examine the practices of social witness. This is regretful; understanding social witness practices is vital to their health. This book explores those practices theologically. This makes it invaluable. Jennifer Ayres has done a great service to the church--and, therein, to society--with this book, and I am deeply grateful for it."
Columbia Theological Seminary
"This is a breathtaking and refreshing work of original scholarship. Jennifer Ayres ventures out into the whitewater streams of courageous Christian social witness, and she finds here a practice fed and sustained by deep rivers of theological vision. This book will not only enrich our understanding of religious practices, it will also serve as a wise and encouraging guide to communities of faith engaged in social transformation."
--Thomas G. Long
Candler School of Theology
"How can activists keep going when nothing seems to change? Jennifer Ayres develops a spirituality of social action by drawing on theories of practice, theologies of sin and hope, social movement theory, and, crucially, the reasons activists already give. Ayres shows how to knit social witness and theological reflection back together in ways that benefit both of them--and all of us."
--Ted A. Smith
Vanderbilt Divinity School
"By approaching social action as a Christian practice, Ayres prompts readers to consider the ways in which social ethics is an intrinsic aspect of living a faithful Christian life. Her prompting of activists to think more theologically about how their actions deepen and nurture faith and spirituality makes this essential reading for pastors, professors, and Christian activists interested in Christian social witness."
--Rebecca Todd Peters
''Ayres has a comprehensive theology of social witness that is essential reading for those engaged in it, for those ministering to them, and for those who question its Christian character.''
--Gloria H. Albrecht, University of Detroit Mercy, as reviewed in Interpretations