Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Hope Against Despair (A Quote)

Istanbul, 2014
"The work that is to be done prophetically is not a discussion or advocacy concerning 'issues,' though 'issues' must be faced. The pastoral-prophetic task is deeply beneath specific issues; it concerns a substructure of a 'felt world' that is variously known as threat or opportunity, as gift or wound. I believe that prophetic ministry that swirls around TRUTH (against denial) and HOPE (against despair) is undertaken not because of moral passion (though that counts) but because without the prophetic processing of denial and despair, our society will devour itself in alienation." 

Walter Brueggemann in 'The Practice of Prophetic Imagination: Preaching an Emancipating Word.