Doing Justice: Congregations and Community Organizing

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CHAPTER 2
The World as It Should Be

“Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: ‘Blessed are the
poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those
who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for
they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst
for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for
they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will
see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the
children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteous-
ness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’” (Matt. 5:2–10)

“Pilate asked him, ‘So you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say that
I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to
testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my
voice.’ Pilate asked him, ‘What is truth?’” (John 18:37–38)

The world as it should be is in direct opposition to the world as it is. The world as it should be is rooted in truth, love, and community. In the world as it should be, the voice of conscience is heard. In the world as it should be, people act according to the values of their faith. In the world as it should be, fairness and mutuality reign. The world as it should be is God’s dream engaging the nightmare that the world has become.

Our English word person comes from the Greek word persona. The persona was the mask held before the face of the actor in Greek theater. In the world as it should be, the persona is removed. People are able to trust each other sufficiently to be transparent and exposed. People are not forced into the psychic splitting that occurs in the world as it is. People can live truthfully, honestly, and with integrity as authentic persons.

People long for such a world and suffer because they do not find it. Lawyers, much maligned, are caught between the world as it should be and the world as it is. A recent study found that 11 percent of lawyers consider suicide at least once a month. Lawyers are more subject to depression than any other profession. Lawyers drink too much. Why? In part, this response is due to the psychic conflict caused by entering the legal

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Chapter 1- The World as It Is 1
  • Chapter 2- The World as It Should Be 8
  • Chapter 3- Engaging the Public Arena 13
  • Chapter 4- Congregation-Based Community Organizing 23
  • Chapter 5- Power 38
  • Chapter 6- Self-Interest 50
  • Chapter 7- One-on-Ones 59
  • Chapter 8- Agitation 65
  • Chapter 9- Metropolitan Organizing 70
  • Chapter 10- Building and Sustaining An Organization 79
  • Chapter 11- Community 87
  • Chapter 12- A Spirituality for the Long Haul 96
  • Appendix 104
  • Notes 106
  • Study Guide 109
  • Index 139
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