Seminary professor Leah Gunning Francis was among the activists, and her interviews with more than two dozen faith leaders and with the movement’s new organizerstake us behind the scenes of the movement for racial justice.
The shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, re-ignited a long-smoldering movement for justice, with many St. Louis area clergy stepping up to support the emerging young leaders of today’s Civil Rights Movement. Seminary professor Leah Gunning Francis was among the activists, and her interviews with more than two dozen faith leaders and with the movement’s new organizers take us behind the scenes of the continuing protests. Ferguson and Faith demonstrates that being called to lead a faithful life can take us to places we never expected to go, with people who never expected us to join hands with them. Ferguson and Faith is the first book from the partnership of the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) and Chalice Press.
Dr. Gunning Francis is married to Rev. Rodney Francis. They live with their children in St. Louis.
This book is a powerful collection of stories of clergy and young activists who were visible and vocal in the struggle for racial justice in Ferguson. They embodied the best of the human spirit that resonated with many around the globe and challenged this nation to live up to its ideal of liberty and justice for all. — U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver, D. Missouri
Dr. Gunning Francis paints a compelling picture of theology in action as people of faith joined together not only to express their outrage but ultimately in the hopes of confronting and transforming racism in America. — Dr. Joyce Mercer, Yale Divinity School
This is a very important book. Leah Gunning Francis has penned a theological memoir of a movement. It is an invitation to see the spirituality at the heart of this movement…One of the most important things this book does is celebrate a new generation of activists and faith-rooted organizers, without forgetting the freedom fighters of old. —Shane Claiborne, Author, Speaker, Activist
Professor Gunning Francis helps clergypersons answer the question: How must I live my faith when injustice brings tragedy to the community? This book is required reading for clergypersons serving in congregations and social agencies regardless of their social location as well as required reading for students preparing for leadership in faith-based communities. Lastly, this book is essential reading for all those seeking to weave together a spiritual, political, and social life that is sacred and consistent with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.—Dr. Evelyn Parker, Perkins School of Theology