A LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER, ROBERT ELLSBERG - June 2016
The Gospel of John (4:1-42) tells the story of Jesus’ encounter with a Samaritan woman at a well, a conversation that turned to the promise of “living water,” and ended with her initiative in telling all her neighbors about the man she had met “who told me everything I have ever done.” Many Samaritans, we are told, “believed on the strength of her witness.” That story supplies the title of our new book edited by Elizabeth A. Johnson, The Strength of Her Witness: Jesus Christ in the Global Voices of Women. Through a diverse chorus of women’s voices from Africa, Asia, Latin and North America, and Europe, this volume provides a rich survey of Christ’s ongoing encounter with the experience of women in today’s world. (Note also that Johnson’s recent book Abounding in Kindness: Writings for the People of God has received the First Place Award in Theology from the Association of Catholic Publishers!)
Such attention to the importance of social location and to the voices of those on the margins has of course always been a hallmark of the Orbis program. It continues in other books published this month.