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Columbia Theological Seminary faculty members contribute to new lectionary series on social justice



Decatur, GA—Jeffery Tribble, Sr., and Catherine Gunsalus González are among contributors to Preaching God’s Transforming Justice: A Lectionary Commentary, Year B, Featuring 22 New Holy Days for Justice. Dr. Tribble is assistant professor of ministry. Dr. Gunsalas González is professor emerita of church history and co-wrote her contribution with her husband, Dr. Justo L. González, a theological historian.

This new commentary, published by Westminster John Knox Press, is unique in being the first to help preachers  focus on the implications for social justice in every biblical reading in the Revised Common Lectionary. In addition, this series introduces 22 holy days, which enlarge the church’s awareness of God’s call for justice and the ways that call comes to the church and world today. Among the days included are World Aids Day, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Asian American Heritage Day,  International Women’s Day, César Chávez Day, Earth Day, Yom ha Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Peoples Native to the Americsa Day, and Night of Power.

For each lectionary day and each Holy Day for Justice there is an essay to help preachers integrate a variety of social justice concerns into their preaching. The 90 contributors are a diverse group of biblical scholars, preachers, social activists and professors of preaching. The contributors are about half women and half men from a broad range of communities—racial/ethnic, denominational, gender orientation.

Dr.  Tribble wrote the commentary for the Eighth Sunday after the Epiphany. He comments on passages from Hosea, the Psalms, 1 Corinthians and Mark.

Dr. Gunsalus González and Dr. González wrote for Proper 20 with focus on biblical readings from Proverbs, Jeremiah, the Psalms, James and Mark.

Walter Bruggemann, professor emeritus of church history and  a leading biblical authority, says, “This extended commentary makes clear that when one asks fresh voices of the biblical text, one gets fresh responses. In addition to fresh interpretive voices on offer here, this volume provides special resources and guidance for the Holy Days for Justice, a new entry into the church year for treasured occasions in the life of the church and in our society. This book holds promise of transformative energy for the preaching, teaching, interpreting work of the church.”

Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, GA, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The seminary offers seven graduate degree programs: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Theological Studies), Master of Arts in Practical Theology, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Educational Ministry, and Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Counseling. Currently 421 students are enrolled, representing 30 denominations, 34 states, and 10 countries. More information about Columbia:



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