978-1-57075-875-1 A Worker Justice Reader Essential Writings on Religion and Labor
Interfaith Worker Justice
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With an Introduction by Kim Bobo
Book Description Offers the best available interfaith writings on issues of work, labor, and
“Wonderful! Exactly the readings that I want my students to read. We can all be enormously grateful to Kim Bobo for her usual insightfulness--this time on what is most pertinent for the teaching on justice that our students and church members usually miss.”
--Glen Stassen, Fuller Theological Seminary
“It is not always easy to translate the very sanctity of labor into terms that have meaning in our times, times in which the marketplace seems to have been elevated above all other holy altars. But A Worker Justice Reader provides exactly such a translation. It is a most welcome contribution to the public conversation.”
—Rabbi Robert Marx, Founder, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
“A major contribution to the intersection of human labor, ethics and religious traditions. . . . . The cause of social justice must include the priority of fair treatment of workers, and with this rich volume in hand, the task of teaching about worker justice and faith becomes much more promising.”
—Thomas Massaro, S.J., Boston College
“With the profound shifts in political and economic power that have occurred in recent years, religious people need to recommit to robust advocacy for the dignity and fair treatment of workers. This book is a valuable resource for religious communities who wish to develop an authentic and effective response to one of the most important ethical issues of our time.”
—Ingrid Mattson, Hartford Seminary
“This splendid reader on interfaith worker justice is informative, accessible, and compelling, featuring a welcome combination of retrospective and forward-looking contributions.”
—Gary Dorrien, author, Social Ethics in the Making
“This is a book that anyone interested in raising consciousness concerning the ever increasing working poor must read and employ. The book masterfully connects faith, scholarship, and the praxis of accompanying U.S workers in crises; laborers unable to earn enough to meet the basic necessities of life: a living wage, health care, housing, or a retirement plan. How relevant could our churches become if our ministers learned to preach with the Bible in one hand, and this Reader in the other?”
—Miguel A. De La Torre, author, Trails of Hope and Terror
"Aimed primarily at seminary and undergraduate students, teachers,
and congregational study groups, its fundamental commitment to workers makes it a practical resource for labor educators . . . . A Worker Justice Reader highlights current examples of positive and promising labor-religion partnerships and collaborations."--Labor Studies Journal
The national organization Interfaith Worker Justice has gathered together key writings that identify and explain essential labor and economic issues fromthe perspectives of a variety of faith traditions, including Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim.
The readings are organized in five parts:
• Crisis for U.S.Workers
• Religion-Labor History
• What Our Religious Traditions Say about Work
• Theology and the Ethics of Work
• The Religion-Labor Movement Today
Designed for educational use, whether in traditional courses or community outreach, a number of the selections include sidebars, tables, illustrations, and suggested readings.
For those concerned with contemporary issues facing labor and the role religious traditions play, A Worker Justice Reader offers a wide range of data and detail for study, reflection, and action.
Interfaith Worker Justice is a Chicago-based network of more than 70 interfaith groups that mobilize the religious community in the United States on issues and campaigns that will improve wages, benefits, and conditions, and give voice to workers. IWJ's founder and Executive Director, Kim Bobo, has been named one of the "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" by Utne Reader.