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