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LPTS professors, Scott Williamson and Cláudio Carvalhaes, contribute to lectionary on social justice

Aug 19, 2011
By Westminster John Knox Press

Rev. Dr. Scott C. Williamson and Rev. Dr. Cláudio Carvalhaes, members of the faculty at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, are contributors to Preaching God’s Transforming Justice: A Lectionary Commentary, Year B, Featuring 22 New Holy Days for Justice, a bold new commentary published by Westminster John Knox Press.

“This work is unique in that it is the first to help the preacher focus on the implications for social justice in every biblical reading in the Revised Common Lectionary,” states Ronald J. Allen, one of the book’s editors, along with Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm and Dale P. Andrews.

As one of three volumes anticipated in the new series, Preaching God’s Transforming Justice introduces twenty-two Holy Days for Justice, says Allen. These Days enlarge the church’s awareness of God’s call for justice and the many ways that call comes to the church and world today. Some examples include World Aids Day, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Asian American Heritage Day, International Women’s Day, César Chávez Day, Earth Day, Yom ha Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Peoples Native to the America Day, and Night of Power. For each lectionary day and each Holy Day for Justice there is an essay that helps the preacher integrate a variety of social justice concerns into his or her preaching.

Scott Williamson and Claudio CarvalhaesThe 90 contributors comprise a diverse group of biblical scholars, preachers, social activists and professors of preaching. “Half of the contributors are women, and all of the writers represent a broad range of communities—racial/ethnic, denominational, and gender orientation, to name a few,” adds Allen.

Williamson’s commentary for the Fourth Sunday of Easter focuses on passages from Acts, the Psalms, the Letter of 1 John, and the gospel of John. Carvalhaes, who wrote the commentary for Proper 10, comments on passages from 2 Samuel, Amos, the Psalms, Ephesians, and Mark.

Walter Bruggemann, a leading biblical authority, says, “This extended commentary makes clear that when one asks fresh voices of the biblical text, one gets fresh responses. In addition to fresh interpretive voices on offer here, this volume provides special resources and guidance for the Holy Days for Justice, a new entry into the church year for treasured occasions in the life of the church and in our society. This book holds promise of transformative energy for the preaching, teaching, interpreting work of the church.”

The 544 page book is available from Westminster John Knox Press ($ 50.00): www.wjkbooks.com. The commentary will be published in three volumes—Year B (2011), Year C (2012) and 2013_

The Facebook page for Preaching God’s Transforming Justice can be found at Preaching-Gods-Transforming-Justice-A-Lectionary-Commentary/201090069938085.

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