Are Americans Coming Out of the Fog?


Liberation theology's call for economic justice may gain support in North America as outrage over economic inequality mounts. Here, Pastor David Weasley leads a prayer during the October 2009 Showdown in Chicago, a protest of the American Bankers Association's annual meeting. Credit: Creative Commons/Heather Stone.

“Life in Just Peace,” the joint statement on liberation theology reprinted in full within Ulrich Duchrow’s article “A European Revival of Liberation Theology” (Tikkun, Winter 2011), is quite commendable but, like other declarations made by religious leaders, it runs the risk of remaining “on high” instead of fueling the struggles of ordinary people. In the interest of broadening this discussion in Tikkun I’d like to offer a response.

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Karen L. Bloomquist drafted many theological-ethical statements over the years in her work with the Lutheran World Federation in Geneva, and before then, for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She now lives in Bellingham, Washington.

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Bloomquist, Karen. 2011. Are Americans Coming Out of the Fog? Tikkun 26(3).

tags: Christianity, Economy/Poverty/Wealth, US Politics   
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