Race and Reconciliation: Papers from the 2007 Urban Forum


If you love poor and broken people, or if you think you should or wish you could, you are in good company here in the pages of this book. Here in my little inner-city neighborhood of Cincinnati, I relish that kind of company. It doesn’t matter that I have been at it for a quarter of a decade now; the ghetto still breaks me down. At the end of the day, when I am nearly overwhelmed by this grinding poverty of mind, body, and spirit, nothing thrills my heart or heals my soul like a big party full of friends like these, who not only remind me why this loving the poor and broken stuff matters so much in the first place, but also inspire me to do it in a better, more thoughtful, more joyful, more sustainable way.

In my travels I come across far too many lesser known heroes of Love who have been isolated by their convictions or by their sacrifices. Without the benefit of bright and energetic co-conspirators, these folks are in danger of becoming dull, or discouraged, or both. Every time I meet one, I want to magically transport him or her into a room full of people like the ones gathered here, who are both willing and able to dig through superficial platitudes about the inner-city ministry into the deep stuff.

I have no magical transporter, of course, but sometimes a book like this one can work the same way, by putting you in the middle of a crowd and a conversation you would never experience otherwise. I can promise you that everyone here has something important to teach us about loving both God and neighbor with all our hearts, and all our souls, and all our minds.
Bart Campolo

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