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A House for Hope: The Promise of Progressive Religion for the Twenty-First Century

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  65 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Hope is rising. The political tide in the United States has turned, and people across the country who have been working for years for social change and justice finally feel as though they aren't struggling alone. Yet for those who ground their social activism in progressive religious belief, it is all too easy to feel spiritually divided and isolated, daunted by the appare ...more
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Published May 4th 2010 by Beacon Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Naomi
May 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Given that John Buehrens and Rebecca Parker have directly shaped much of what Unitarian Universalist clergy are required to know in order to be fellowshipped in the past twenty years, I wasn't surprised not to meet anything new in this book. But if you haven't dedicated yourself to reading progressive theology rooted in christianity but heavily influenced by humanistic judaism and eco-feminism then this may be an entirely novel text. Every generation at least, we need books that restate what we' ...more
Rev. Sharon Wylie
This is a must-read for any religious liberal looking to engage with timeless theology questions: what is the nature of God? What is the human relationship to God? Why is there suffering? What brings us together? What is the nature of evil? Parker and Buehrens explore these questions thoughtfully and with an understanding that the answers have urgent implications for our suffering world.
Rebecca
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, uusp
Oriented to readers with a Christian, American background. Lots of gems:
xviii re interfaith social action from a Muslim perspective: Eboo Patel, Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim.
7 background re Social Gospel, as explained by Walter Rauschenbusch.
9 what Universalist eschatology shares with social gospel: earthly realization of God's dream through the ultimate inclusiveness of God's love: "We are all going to end up together in heaven, so we might as well start learning to get along
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Dnicebear
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My husband and some folks at my Presbyterian community are reading this book. After being caught up by a snatch of it, I continued reading till, well, I read it all. It's not meant to be an end to the conversation on progressive religion, and the structure supports this as we construct a house first from Ms Parker's California point of view followed by Mr. Buehren's east coast viewpoint.

Theology as a house-building exercise engages us, starting from the ground, the holy ground, from which many b
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Kiwi
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kiwi by: Rebecca Froom
Shelves: 2013
While I appreciate Buehrens' academic knowledge and ideas, I didn't find his chapters quite as personally moving; I think this book would have received a five form me if written just by Rebecca or split into two sections (one book each or all chapters by one author followed by all chapters of the other). The two voices didn't mesh well enough for me to not notice how completely different the styles were. I found myself comparing and contrasting in a way that I usually don't when reading books wr ...more
David Glasgow
Tag-team authoring is tricky.

But even given that disclaimer, this book feels like the product of someone's first-glance "brilliant" idea and far, far too few honest revisions. Less an integral volume on progressive religion and more a series of loosely related sermons, A House for Hope offers relevant history, poignant anecdotes, thoughtful reflection, and enough self-indulgent preacher-ese filler to have saved quite a few trees in the hands of a less lenient editor—but never quite sells me on t
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Dzillich
Feb 05, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like it, found myself thinking I had to finish it and it took forever because I'd read a few pages and set it aside. The only thing I liked about it was the analogy of religion being parts of a house. The authors quoted many people who I would guess are experts in the field but it made for tedious reading.
Kelly Brill
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What do progressive Christians think? How do you define progressive theology? This is an excellent primer. Each section of the book is in two parts: one written by a local church pastor and one written by a seminary professor. I found Rebecca Parker's chapters especially helpful. Much underlining!
Stacie
Well written introduction to the idea and ideals of progressive religion using the familiar metaphors of a house.
Jay
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good overview of progressive religion, as told with a focus of our Christian founding.
Vanessa
Challenging theological book.
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