This book is a bold attempt to present a love-based personal and corporate politics fit for the coming decades of the twenty-first century. Taking as its starting point the love for friends, neighbors, and enemies embodied in the life of Jesus and recognized both inside and outside the church, this book sets out a contemporary practical politics called kenarchy that has already positively impacted many lives. Its contributors set out the key components of kenarchy, challenging the reader to confront the norms of personal rights, security, and economic gain with a love for “the other” that restores a female world perspective lost over generations of patriarchal dominance.
Discovering Kenarchy is the promised response to the inevitable disintegration of the partnership of church and sovereign power outlined in its companion volume, The Fall of the Church. It is an inspirational resource for all those who desire to fill the emerging new political space with a loving, just, and practical alternative to the devaluation of human life by global capitalism and the reactionary religious and racist behavior that threatens the common good.
“The authors of Discovering Kenarchy, in combining the concept of kenotic love with the ‘-archy’ of order and relation in socio-political structures, have succeeded in both opening and enlarging the familiar radical inversions and apparent paradoxes of Jesus’ teaching. Dismantling the conventionally understood exercise of sovereign power as the only means to peace, the book explores the self-emptying love expressed in the command to love your enemy, and its potential in our own troubled and violent times for transforming the inherently conflictual into a new politics of peace. That is an appeal which reaches far beyond the Christian and the theologian.”
–Jill Segger, Associate Director, Ekklesia, London, UK
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The Mystic Way of Evangelism is honest, reflective, intelligent, and rooted in Scripture and tradition. It offers a hopeful vision that Heath has modelled for us through her work of helping others shape communities of faith that are vibrantly living into the future. This book is a must-read for anyone who cares about the current state of Christianity in the West and longs for a healthy way forward.
Jonny Sears, director, Academy for Spiritual Formation and Emerging Ministries, The Upper Room
Against the prevailing Western models, influenced by the values and principles of international commerce, presented here are five “signs of life,” showcased by a network of movements best known by many as “new friars.”
· Jose Penate-Aceves, Darren Prince and John B. Hayes of InnerCHANGE
· Phileena Heuertz, David Chronic and Christopher Heuertz of Word Made Flesh
· Derek Engdahl and Jean-Luc Krieg of Servant Partners
· Craig and Nayhouy Greenfield of Servants to Asia’s Urban Poor
· Ash Barker of Urban Neighbours of Hope.
God’s kingdom in the hands of the people of God, the contributors show us, is first and foremost incarnational, which leads necessarily to gospel witness that is devotional, communal, missional and marginal. With a survey of the history of new friar movements and commentary by forerunner Viv Grigg, this seminal book paints a picture of mission that is new only because it has been neglected for so long, a mission that is truly good news to the people in its path.