SPIRITUALITY & RELIGION

Holy Disunity: How What Separates Us Can Save Us

Westminster John Knox. Oct. 2019. 215p. notes. ISBN 9780664265663. pap. $17. REL
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Throughout history, religious leaders have worked to create understanding and meaning within the events of the day; today’s ministers have similar paths to traverse. Here, writer and ordained minister Williams attempts to bring perspective and understanding within the cultural, political, and religious differences in contemporary society. Twelve chapters focus on a distinct challenge: difference, doubt, argument, tension, separation, vulnerability, trouble, protest, hunger, limitations, failure, and uncertainty. Williams explores not only how these particular challenges can divide people, but how we can capitalize on these differences and find God. The author investigates scripture and contemporary culture, along with her own experience as a bisexual female pastor in the American South in order to form an understanding of how society can unite amid our differences. Each chapter includes questions for reflection and discussion and could be used by individuals or in a group setting.
VERDICT Williams uses real-world experience to illustrate how people with different viewpoints can find common ground. Her work is highly recommended for general readers, seminarians, church groups, and local community organizers.

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