The Rev. Matt Rhodes is joined in this episode by Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Presbyterian minister, professor of theology at Earlham School of Religion and author of the recently released Hope in Disarray: Piecing Our Lives Together in Faith (Pilgrim Press).
The two discuss the very personal nature of this book for her and touch on several of the topics she writes about including flipping what she refers to as the “hierarchy of hope,” the need for – and fear of – engaging in meaningful efforts to protect the environment, and the openness to vulnerability.
You can learn more about Dr. Kim’s work at https://gracejisunkim.wordpress.com. This conversation was recorded on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.
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Grace is the author of 19 books, Embracing the Other: The Transformative Spirit of Love and The Holy Spirit, Chi, and the Other: A Model of Global and Intercultural Pneumatology. This latest, to be published November 18 and currently available for pre-order, “reflects on the practice of sustaining hope during turbulence and injustice.”
“In her urgent call for solace in a world caught in the crux of disorder and chaos, Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim offers this anthology of meditations on our individual plight to nurture hope. Hope in Disarray imparts the architecture of hope through pieces of the modern world, giving relevance to our effort to enhance the relationship between the mind, the spirit, and the divine.” —Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., President and Founder of Rainbow PUSH Coalition
“I turned the last page with a fresh infusion of inspiration to live a life of compassionate, sustained action, no matter how difficult the challenges. ” —Brian D. McLaren, author of The Great Spiritual Migration
In her timely collection of essays, Hope in Disarray, Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim offers an accessible, personal, honest, and inspiring examination of real-world problems and the possibilities of hope in the midst of struggle. Each essay reads as a meditation that brings together mind, heart, and body.
—Susan M. Shaw, author of Reflective Faith: A Theological Toolbox for Women
More than an invitation, Hope in Disarray is a passionate and personal summons to conscious and compassionate living. Ranging through terrain as rough and varied as climate change, racism, gun violence, and sexual abuse, this book challenges readers to examine our comfortable certainties, imagine a more just world, and take action to bring it into being.
—Dr. Laura Alary, writer, storyteller, and educator
About the Author
Grace Ji-Sun Kim is an ordained minister of word and sacrament within the PC (USA) denomination. She received her MDiv from Knox College (University of Toronto) and her PhD from the University of Toronto. She is Professor of Theology at Earlham School of Religion and is the author or editor of 19 books, most recently, Reimagining Spirit, and Keeping Hope Alive. Englewood Review of Books listed Reimagining Spirit as one of the Best Theology Books of 2019 and Intersectional Theology co-written with Susan Shaw as one of the Best Theology Books of 2018. Kim served on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Religion as an At-Large Director. She served on the American Academy of Religion’s (AAR) “Research Grants Jury Committee” and was co-chair of AAR’s steering committee, “Women of Color Scholarship, Teaching and Activism Group.” She sits on the editorial board for the Journal for Religion and Popular Culture and is a referee for 3 journals: Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion, Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, and The Global Studies Journal. She is an Advisory Board Member for the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School. She is honored to be included in the Englewood Review of Book’s list of “Ten Important Women Theologians That You Should Be Reading” and to be included in their list of books to read under “Our God is Too White? Diversifying our Theology”.