Hearing the Call: Liturgy, Justice, Church, and World : Essays

Hearing the Call: Liturgy, Justice, Church, and World : Essays

Hearing the Call: Liturgy, Justice, Church, and World : Essays

Hearing the Call: Liturgy, Justice, Church, and World : Essays

Synopsis

What is the Word of the Lord for a world of injustice? What does it mean to hear the cries of the oppressed? What does liturgy have to do with justice? These questions have been at the heart of Nicholas Wolterstorff's work for over forty years. In this collection of essays, he brings together personal, historical, theological, and contemporary perspectives to issue a passionate call to work for justice and peace.

An essential complement to his now classic Until Justice and Peace Embrace, the forthcoming Love and Justice, and Justice, this book makes clear why Wolterstorff is one of the church's most incisive and compelling voices. Between the Times invites us not simply into new ways of thinking, but a transformational way of life.

Excerpt

We are called, one and all, called by the goodness of what there is, called by the goodness of what there is not but could be. Sometimes the call comes in words; sometimes the call is wordless.

Day to day pours forth speech,
     and night to night declares knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words;
   their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
   and their words to the end of the world.

(Psalm 19:2-4)

The psalmist often calls to worship: “Oh worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” But God’s majesty is itself a call to worship, as is God’s grace a call to gratitude and God’s will for our lives, a call to repentance. Liturgy is the answer to a heard call. So too the worth of my fellow human beings is a call, a call to treat them in a way that befits their worth, a call to treat them as they have a right to be treated. Justice is the answer to a heard call. Liturgy and justice are joined as answers to heard calls.

Some writers are driven by their own internal curiosity; some scholars are driven by the internal dynamics of their discipline. Sometimes that’s been true for me; but often not. I have repeatedly found myself confronted by a call to give voice to a call. This collection of popular and semi-popular essays is a record of my attempt to answer those calls, com-

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