Robert Ellsberg

even to shape the consciousness of Christians. Examining the message of Confederate symbols, the meaning of the MAGA slogan, and the failures of “good white Christians,”, she struggles with her own doubts before reaching deep into her own experience and the faith of Black folks to find her way back to hope.

          Régine Michelle Jean-Charles, in Martin Luther King & The Trumpet of Conscience Today, explores King’s response to the intertwined issues of racism, militarism, and materialism, connecting his message from fifty years ago to today’s social movements, including Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, and prison abolition.

          In Christianity Corrupted: The Scandal of White Supremacy, Jermaine J. Marshall considers how the public meaning of Christianity has continually been shaped by the tension between racism and anti-racist struggles for justice. In his Foreword, Bishop William Barber III of the Poor People’s campaign speaks of Marshall’s success in unmasking the “idolatry that is too often confused with the religion of Jesus in this land.”

          Finally, we are pleased to publish a memoir by Maryknoll Sister Janice McLaughlin, completed as she was dying earlier this year. “The Color of the Skin Doesn’t Matter”: A Missioner’s Tale of Faith and Politics in Africa, tells the extraordinary story of a life spent in service and solidarity with the people of Africa, a story marked by her imprisonment in Rhodesia for  her support of  the anti-colonial struggle against the apartheid regime. It is an inspiring account of a life of faith shaped by engagement in the struggle for a more just and human world.

          May we follow these prophetic authors in surveying the challenges of our time, and answering the call that draws us onward.


Peace and blessings,


Robert Ellsberg