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In the Midst of the City

08.22.18 | Office of the Dean

In the Midst of the City

    This September, Bright Sky Publishing releases IN THE MIDST OF THE CITY: THE GOSPEL AND GOD'S POLITICS by the Very Rev. Barkley Thompson.

    In this collection of essays and sermons, Thompson argues that Christian faith and politics are inseparable, and though the Gospel is inherently political, it is not partisan. Says Thompson, to embody God’s politics, we must first steep ourselves in God’s vision for the world embodied in the Gospels, and only then can we act politically.

    In the Midst of the City addresses hot-button social issues of recent years by putting this principle into practice, challenging the reader to live God’s politics and, as Thompson says, “to be the vanguard of God’s kingdom in the world.” 

    Longtime NPR host Diane Rehm says, “…Those who read this book will feel [Thompson’s] extraordinary ability to help us interpret both the divisions and connections we experience as we move through this complex religious, secular and political world.”

    There will be several opportunities to hear Thompson discuss his book within many contexts this fall; each will be unique.

    Sunday, September 23, at 10 a.m. in Reynolds Hall: Thompson will introduce his new book at the Dean’s Hour.

    Wednesday, October 3, at 6:30 p.m. in Sanders Hall: Houston Chronicle “Gray Matters” columnist Lisa Gray will interview Thompson as part of the Dean’s Book Club (everyone is invited).

    Thursday, November 1, in the evening at the Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance at Rice University: Thompson will participate in a panel entitled "Engaging the Body Politic Through the Lens of Faith" with Rabbi Oren Hayon of Congregation Emanu El and the Rev. Dr. Steve Wells of South Main Baptist Church (this event is about a week prior to the midterm elections).

    Saturday, November 3, at 1 p.m. at the Jung Center: Thompson will also appear with Pittman McGehee for “On Your Sleeve?: A Conversation on How to Live Faith.” 

    Monday, November 12, at 7 p.m. at Brazos Bookstore: Thompson will give a reading and sign books (this event is about a week after the midterm elections).

    The book is for sale at the Cathedral Bookstore (and at fine bookstores everywhere), and all proceeds from the sales benefit the ministries of Christ Church Cathedral.