A House for Hope: The Promise of Progressive Religion for the Twenty-First Century by Rebecca Ann Parker
For over a generation, conservative religion has seemed dominant in America. But there are signs of a strengthening liberal religious movement. For it to flourish, laypeople need a sense of their theological heritage. A House for Hope lays out, in lively and engaging language, the theological house that religious liberalism has inherited--and suggests how this heritage will need to be spiritually and theologically transformed. With chapters that suggest liberal religious commitment is based on common hopes and an expansive love for life, A House for Hope shows how religious liberals have countered fundamentalists for generations, and provides progressives with a theological and spiritual foundation for the years ahead.
John A. Buehrens was president of the Unitarian Universalist Association from 1993 to 2001 and is now minister of the First Parish Church in Needham, Massachusetts. He is coauthor of A Chosen Faith and author of Understanding the Bible.
Rebecca Ann Parker is president of and professor of theology at Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California, and coauthor of Saving Paradise and Proverbs of Ashes. An ordained United Methodist minister, Parker has dual fellowship with the United Methodist Church and the Unitarian Universalist Association.
"A thoughtful meditation on religion, duty, and the common good." --Booklist
"To some observers, religion and conservatism have become inextricably fused. But to [Buehrens and Parker], something new is emerging--a liberal religious renaissance."--Steven Levingston, The Washington Post
"For nearly three decades, journalists and pundits have focused on the views and beliefs of the Religious Right and basically ignored members of America's mainline and liberal Protestant establishment. . . . [Buehrens and Parker] have set out to reintroduce people to the riches and bounties of progressive religion."--Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice
"Buehrens and Parker begin with the life of service and work for justice and deepen it to show the implicit beliefs that it assumes and that are implicit in it. They show that progressive Protestants can be proud and articulate about their beliefs."--John B. Cobb Jr., coauthor of For the Common Good