Virginia Seminar Member Jennifer McBride Releases New Book: Radical Discipleship

Radical Discipleship: A Liturgical Politics of the Gospel, Jennifer McBride, Virginia SeminarA Liturgical Politics of the Gospel

PLT Contributor Jennifer McBride released her newest publication, Radical Discipleship, on January 1, 2017. Engaging the social evils of mass incarceration, capitol punishment, and homelessness, she connects liturgy, activism, and theological reflection with Christian discipleship that stands in solidarity with those whom society despises and rejects.

The book arises out of McBride’s extensive experience teaching theology in a women’s prison while participating in a residential Christian activist and worshiping community. Arguing that disciples must take responsibility for the social evils that bar “beloved community,” Martin Luther King’s term for a just social order, the promised kingdom of God, McBride calls for a dual commitment to the works of mercy and the struggle for justice.

PLT Contributor Ted Smith of Candler School of Theology, Emory University writes:

“Jennifer McBride writes lived theology in the fullest sense of those words.  She has lived into the discipleship to which she calls us. And she has listened deeply to disciples she has walked with along the way: imprisoned women, homeless people, long-time activists, and more.  The genius of McBride’s work is to respect the theological insights in these lives and to place them in conversation with thinkers like Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The result is a book that is both deeply learned and eminently practical. In its method as much as its content, it is one of this generation’s most thoughtful and powerful calls to radical discipleship.”

For more information on the book, click here.

Jennifer M. McBride is Associate Dean for Doctor of Ministry Programs and Continuing Education and Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. She is also the President of the International Bonhoeffer Society – English Language Section. Her other publications include The Church for the World: A Theology of Public Witness (2014).

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