Curtiss Paul DeYoung
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About Curtiss Paul DeYoung
Curtiss Paul DeYoung is the CEO at the Minnesota Council of Churches (MCC). Prior to MCC, he was Executive Director of Community Renewal Society in Chicago and Professor of Reconciliation Studies at Bethel University in Saint Paul. He has degrees from University of Saint Thomas, Howard University, and Anderson University.
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Emerging from the Wesleyan/Holiness tradition of Christianity, Dr. Massey soon came to belong to the whole church. A world-class pianist, he answered God’s call to abandon the concert stage and mount the pulpit to share the joy of heaven’s music. Rarely does one voice speak with equal wisdom on fields as diverse and demanding as Bible interpretation, Christian education, inspired preaching, seminary education, and ministries of reconciliation.
A friend of Martin Luther King, Jr., and deeply impacted by the person and preaching of Howard Thurman, Dr. James Earl Massey also has been to God’s mountain, heard from the Divine, and now shares with all prepared to listen.
In this instructive and inspiring account, Christian ethicist Curtiss DeYoung profiles three of the most dynamic and influential religious activists of the twentieth century: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Malcolm X, and Aung San Suu Kyi - each from a different generation, a different faith community, and a different continent. His portraits show how their mystic faith drove them to justice commitments and beyond customary boundaries between people from other traditions, countries, and ways of life.
Living Faith is more than a set of inspiring portraits. It also powerfully analyzes how these figures - along with such other luminaries as Rigoberta Menchú, Nelson Mandela, Winona LaDuke, Fannie Lou Hamer, Elie Wiesel, Thich Nhat Hanh, and the Dalai Lama - shared a fiery core experience and common characteristics that empowered their lives and work.
In United By Faith, a multiracial team of sociologists and a minister of the Church of God argue that multiracial Christian congregations offer a key to opening the still-locked door between the races in the United States. They note, however, that a belief persists--even in African-American and Latino churches--that racial segregation is an acceptable, even useful practice. The authors examine this question from biblical, historical, and theological perspectives to make their case. They explore the long history of interracialism in the church, with specific examples of multiracial congregations in the United States. They cite examples ranging from the abolitionist movement to an astonishing 1897 camp meeting in Alabama that brought together hundreds of whites and blacks literally into the same tent. Here, too, is a critical account of the theological arguments in favor of racial separation, as voiced in the African-American, Latino, Asian-American, Native-American, and white contexts. The authors respond in detail, closing with a foundation for a theology suited to sustaining multiracial congregations over time.
Faith can be the basis for healing, but too often Christian faith has been a field for injury and division. In this important new book, readers will glimpse a way forward, a path toward once again making the church the basis for racial reconciliation in our still-splintered nation.