Sustaining Hope in an Unjust World
How to Keep Going When You Want to Give Up
Timothy Charles Murphy
In our faithful work toward building a better world, we may often feel we're losing the battle. The poor get poorer, the vulnerable continue to be abused, and justice for all is a distant dream. No matter how hard we work, nothing changes. Somedays, we wonder if God is even still with us in the fight.
But what happens, in our striving for social justice, when we discover that God offers us something entirely different than the promise of victory? In this love letter to the disheartened activist, pastor Timothy Murphy reflects on his own journey of disappointments and despair and rediscovers a faith - and a God - who inspires us to continue fighting, even when it feels like we're losing the battle.
Timothy Charles Murphy is senior pastor of Plymouth Congregational Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A minister-scholar-activist, he is the former executive director of Progressive Christians Uniting, has taught courses at Claremont School of Theology, and promotes connecting the gospel with social justice efforts.