Common Spaces Between Us

Nurturing the Good in the Midst of Difference

By Melynne Rust

Common Spaces Between Us

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  • ISBN: 9781725251106
  • Pages: 134
  • Publication Date: 1/9/2020
  • Retail Price: $16.00
Web Price: $12.80
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Web Price: $12.80

Common Spaces Between Us

Nurturing the Good in the Midst of Difference

By Melynne Rust

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781725251106
  • Pages: 134
  • Publication Date: 1/9/2020
  • Retail Price: $16.00
Web Price: $12.80
BUY FROM AMAZON.COM

About-

Polarization occurring in the United States today is not only a social concern, it’s also a spiritual condition of the heart. How can we connect with others in the midst of our differences when deep in our hearts we might harbor shadows such as judgment or fear?

In Common Spaces Between Us, Melynne Rust explores this question by inviting readers into the diverse college campus community where she served as chaplain and where, much to her surprise and chagrin, she found herself struggling at times to connect with students amid differences. She was skeptical of Muslim students requesting bidets in the chapel bathrooms. She balked at visiting a student in the hospital psychiatric unit. She was afraid to publicly stand up for LGBTQ students. She butted heads with students who shared her religion but not her beliefs.

She had presumed she inherently would live out her values to honor the dignity and equality of all, yet in her interactions with others she kept bumping into her own shadows, stifling connection. Ultimately, she discovered that true connection happens when we embody practices that recognize, honor, and nurture the good—in both ourselves and others—in the common spaces between us.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“We are drowning in a sea of partisanship. But we can do something about it. Melynne writes about the power of relationships to overcome our fear-based separatism. The stories she shares are the proof it can be so. Her life and work have made it so. Her book is a call for us to go and make it so.”

—Steve Harper, author, speaker, retired seminary professor



Common Spaces Between Us is a timely book! The stories presented here invite us to think, reflect, and more importantly to see our common humanity regardless of our differences and treat one another with respect and dignity.”

—Hugo Magallanes, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University



“The church is blessed when ministers enter the complicated spaces where persons live, search, and struggle, and Melynne Rust has offered us a gift in sharing her own journey.”

—Ken Carter, Bishop, The United Methodist Church, Florida Conference

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Melynne Rust

Bio(s)-

Melynne Rust, a United Methodist minister, served as a university chaplain and a police chaplain prior to pursuing creative writing as a ministerial vocation. In her work, she explores the deep ethical and spiritual connections that live within our stories and have the potential to breathe new life into us. Melynne lives on a barrier island off the east coast of Florida, where she enjoys watching the full moon rise over the ocean.

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