The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Motivation and social ministry

Why do Lutherans get involved?

Needs today are overwhelming. We want to respond: to rebuild after natural disasters, aid victims of wars or unjust governments, and feed and house destitute people. Yet we often lack an understanding of exactly how our help relates to our religious faith and identity as Lutherans. Are our reasons for helping different from those of other Christians or from people of no religious belief?

Book cover: A timely collection of essays, Social Ministry in the Lutheran Tradition (Fortress Press; 800-328-4648), delves deeply into those questions. The editor is Foster R. McCurley, a retired social ministry executive who also taught Old Testament at the Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia. Contributors are similarly experienced and knowledgeable.

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