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Dieter Hessel assesses major new developments that have occured in both church and society since the first publication of Social Ministry in 1982. He gives special attention to the uncertainty that chuches face today in regard to their public role. Since the implications of that role are vital to each congregation's social ministry, particular consideration is given to the basic social ethic that social ministry should serve in the future. This book includes interviews with clergy and lay leaders, from whom Hessel derives fresh insight into what congregations are doing in society and the problems they are encountering when developing social ministry. 232 pages.
This work challenges pastors, seminarians, and active members of the laity to rethink the social character of their ministry. Dieter Hessel calls on parish communities to "meet human need with good Samaritan love while acting for justice with prophetic boldness." In this updated edition, Hessel assesses major new developments that have occurred in both church and society since the first publication of Social Ministry. He gives special attention to the uncertainty that churches face today in regard to their public role.
Dieter T. Hessel is director of the Program on Ecology, Justice, and Faith. His publications include Earth Habit: Eco-Injustice and the Church's Response and Christianity and Ecology: Seeking the Well-being of Earth and Humans.