David Haslam, a Methodist minister, social justice campaigner and Christians on the Left member, has recently published his book, A Luta Continua (The Struggle Continues), recounting his varied experiences and providing an insight into what it means to work and fight for God's kingdom.
From battling apartheid to saving the environment, fighting racism to urging tax justice, and Sunday preaching to visiting the sick, this book tells the story of nearly fifty years of active church ministry. The writer has ministered to congregations in three English cities, travelled to five of the six continents, sometimes with his congregations, and engaged in the major dimensions of Christian mission today.
The story begins in the late sixties, at the Fourth Assembly of the World Council of Churches. Chapters cover the struggle against apartheid, the Programme to Combat Racism, the rise of Transnational Corporations, local ministry, the challenge of climate change, movements against racism and caste discrimination, and the growing campaign for tax justice. Each chapter ends with a reflection on a theologian who has influenced and encouraged the author. They range from Dietrich Bonhoeffer through Martin Luther King, Gustavo Gutierrez and Ann Morisy to James Cone and Tissa Balasuriya.
The book identifies ‘struggle’ as a fundamental theological category of Christian life and witness. It mixes experiences of the local and global, congregational life and international engagement. It offers a sweep of concern and action, enlivened by humorous incident. Readers will gain insight into how broad contemporary ministry can be, and how the Churches can still make an effective contribution to bringing God’s peace-with-justice to today’s world.
David Haslam is a Methodist Minister who has worked in London for 35 years, and has been an Executive Committee member of the Anti-Apartheid Movement and Vice-Chair of War on Want. He was a founder of End Loans to South Africa, Transnationals Information Exchange, the Dalit Solidarity Network, and Methodist Tax Justice Network, and Secretary of the Churches’ Commission for Racial Justice from 1987 to 1998. He was awarded an MBE for services to community relations.
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