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Coming in September and October

11:16 20/08/2021
Coming in September and October

September and October see some great new titles published by SCM Press. Here's a taster:

September

The Ruth narrative opens with a climate crisis – a famine pushed a family to migrate – and addresses some of the critical concerns for refugees e.g., food, security, home, land, inheritance. Around those concerns, Losing Ground: Reading Ruth in the Pacific offers a collection of bible studies from the Pacific that interweave the climate pandemic with the interests and wisdoms of Pasifika natives.

Weaving Ruth's story together with the stories of those who, as Pacific islanders on the frontline of a climate catastrophe, are forced to leave their homes because of rising sea levels, Pasifika bible scholar Jione Havea offers a powerful and potent contribution which refuses to pretend scripture can be read separately from the every day realities of a climate emergency.

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Offering inspiration for practitioners within the sector and faith-based organisations in particular, as well as an academic contribution to the fields of international development studies and theology, Theologies and Practices of Inclusion: Insights from a Faith-based Relief, Development and Advocacy Agency aims to bridge theology and practice in an accessible way.

Consisting of 13 chapters and case studies, this book draws on the wisdom of a diverse team of contributors at the forefront of international development, working in a variety of contexts. These include South Africa, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Ecuador, Panama, Bolivia, the Philippines, Iraq, Egypt and the UK. Highlighting ‘journey’, ‘change’ and ‘belonging’ as three key aspects of inclusion, the book explores the outworking of theologies of inclusion within organisational practice. With a foreword by Ruth Valerio, and an afterword by Catriona Dejean.

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Causing a considerable stir when it was first published in Germany in 1965, Theology of Hope represents a comprehensive statement of the importance for theology of eschatology - and of an eschatological theology which emphasizes the revolutionary effect of Christian hope upon the thought, institutions and conditions of life in the here and now.

Theology of Hope: for the 21st Century offers a new expanded edition of a theological classic including Moltmann's 2020 Charles Gore lecture ‘A Theology of Hope for the 21st Century’, in which he offers a powerful reflection on the nature of hope in our current times, alongside a new introduction from Jamie Hawkey

 October

Traversing issues of gender, embodiment, disability and motherhood, Eilidh Campbell's Motherhood and Autism explores the distinctness of mothering within the context of autism, examining how theology currently responds to the challenges this lived experience presents.

Weaving together an honest reflection on her own experience with analysis of contemporary theological works on disability and motherhood, the book reflects on mothering, and especially mothering of autistic children, as a unique site of struggle and resistance.

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Discipleship is a foundational concept of Christian life which has become a popular and ubiquitous description of belonging and growth in early 21st ecclesiastical language. Discipleship courses and popular writings abound and the term is used liberally in official church documents and strategies for growth and development, particular in a western context. But do we risk eliding discipleship, and therefore what it means to be a Christian, with some relatively narrow theological and social contexts? With contributions from an array of leading thinkers, scholars and theologians, including Kirsteen Kim, Anthony Reddie and Rachel Mann The Meanings of Discipleship argues that there is need for more clarity, precision and depth in defining what meaningfully and constructively is construed as discipleship.