Alexis Presseau Maloof, Colonialism Han and the Tranformative Spirit, eco-justice, Eerdmans, Embracing the Other, Palgrave, palgrave macmillan, prophetic voice, The House We Live In
I am so honored and delighted that Alexis Presseau Maloof wrote this article,“A Prophetic Voice for Eco-Justice Grace Ji-Sun Kim” for Horizons Magazine (November/December 2015).
Alexis read my books and interviewed me this past January for her article in Horizons. She did a fabulous job of capturing my theological writing (Colonialism, Han, and the Transformative Spirit) and work on climate justice. Alexis covers my involvement with the World Council of Churches, COP and eco-justice. Thank you so much Alexis!
For the full article, please go to this website.
For more of Maloof’s writing, please visit her website, The House We Live In.
Below is an excerpt of Maloof’s article, “A Prophetic Voice for Eco-Justice: Grace Ji-Sun Kim”.
“[O]ne of the concrete missions of the church is to model, endorse, and promote life which reveres the world and its entire people.”1
What a bold statement! And a statement that perfectly summarizes why its writer—Grace Ji-Sun Kim—is a prophetic voice in theology today for eco-justice. An author, professor and theologian, she also works with the World Council of Churches on the issue of climate change. She lectures and writes regularly on the issue at conferences across the globe and for outlets such as The Huffington Post, Sojourners and many others, as well as her own blog. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Grace’s work on environmental justice and theology has profound implications for us all as we consider how God asks us to live in this world.
It is critical that we recognize that concern for the environment does not exist in isolation from our faith or as a narrow subset of justice and peace work. Our care and concern for the most vulnerable populations who inhabit our planet—particularly women and children in the developing world—hinges on environmental justice.
Climate Change and Justice
Grace asks us to see the issue of climate change as a significant human rights issue. The World Council of Churches has recognized climate change as a justice issue. The United Nations also recognizes the deep connection between climate justice and human rights, which Grace observed earlier this year when she discussed climate change and sustainability at COP20 (the 20th annual Conference of the Parties, a meeting of parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) in Lima as the World Council of Churches’ delegate.
(for the rest of the article, please see this website).
(check out my forthcoming edited book, Making Peace with the Earth (WCC).
Alexis Presseau Maloof has a master’s degree in writing and pedagogy. She is a mother and freelance writer. For more of Maloof’s writing, please visit her website, The House We Live In.
JoAnn Chateau said:
I am encouraged to see your understanding of the Lord’s love and peace to include climate justice. The 1st United Methodist Women are also concerned; my church, and I’m just learning how I can be involved.
Many of my fellow Methodists still deny climate change, so I was heartened to learn the overall denomination is aware…
thank you for your comment. the church world wide needs to theological deal with climate change. It is affecting the most vulnerable people around the world…..So good to hear that you are learning how to get involved! blessings to you.