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Imagine God's Justice and Lead with Compassion. Love. Justice. Solidarity.

Living as siblings in the “kin-dom'' of God requires bold faith. Women in the United Methodist tradition have courageously led ministries in race relations, creation care, substance abuse, sexual orientation and inclusion, poverty, relationships with indigenous nations, and other concerns. However, The United Methodist Church and its predecessors have a sometimes-uneven history of resisting the evil and violence that damage the world. This book explores this history, empowering us to imagine God's justice and to lead with compassion. Together, we bear witness to God's gracious presence in ways that make a material difference to all of creation, all persons, especially victims of injustice and those who are most vulnerable. This is the moral witness of the church.

Author Darryl W. Stephens, an ordained United Methodist deacon, works in the specialized ministry of teaching. He directs United Methodist studies and the Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry at Lancaster Theological Seminary, and served as assistant general secretary of sexual ethics and advocacy for the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women in The United Methodist Church.