I am so tired of waiting,
For the world to become good
And beautiful and kind?
It was in my college Liberation Theology class back in 1990 that I first discovered different ‘Gospel’ perspectives – perspectives from those steeped in death and persecution, suffering and scarcity. We spent evenings at my professors house reading and discussing Gustavo Gutiérrez, Juan Luis Segundo, Leonardo Boff, Jon Sobrino, and a host of African and Asian liberation theologians. It may have been the first ‘aha’ moment for me, the first realization that the Gospel wasn’t just about getting saved and voting pro-life.
A next significant time came during the year I lived with Tom in the hood in Chicago. Though I grew up on Long Island with great diversity, I was a suburban kid, mostly protected from the issues Tom grew up with. Tom was black, and he showed me and told…
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