Who Will Be A Witness? Launch Team

Hey Friends, 

I’m one month away from the release of my next book, Who Will Be A Witness?: Igniting Activism for God’s Justice, Love, and Deliverance. I am especially excited to see this book released since it is so timely for our moment and is designed to strengthen the church’s public witness in doing justice and participating in God’s deliverance. With the racism and violence happening in our world and the global movements rising up in response to it, this book will deepen the faithfulness of the church. I am excited to get into the hands of as many readers as possible. Especially to readers who understand that we need to act faithfully and courageously in pursuit of God’s justice. 

With only one month to go I’m hoping to get about 100 dedicated and enthusiastic people to join me in getting the word out. Are you in? 

Who Will Be A Witness? gets us past the domesticated image of Jesus and invites us into radical discipleship to the nonviolent revolution of our Messiah and it describes the mangled witness of the mainstream church as it entangled with white supremacy, religious nationalism, and economic exploitation. Finally, it invites us into faithful grassroots social change work that is aligned with the way of Jesus, providing a variety of research based strategies that align well with the vocation of the church. And yes, there is even more jammed into this book. I put a lot of love into. Isn’t this timely? 

I’m looking for about 100 people who believe this book is important and are committed and enthusiastic about getting the word out in 2 ways. My launch team members do two main things. They share the book with others through social media and in their personal networks, especially around its release on September 1st. And secondly, but not less significantly, they post an honest book review of Who Will Be A Witness? on its Amazon page within its first week out. Reviews are extremely important. 

Public awareness of books in our current social media world requires a large supportive team of people. 

This is what you get as a Who Will Be A Witness? team member:

1) A complimentary digital copy of Who Will Be A Witness? that you get ahead of the official release. 

2) A special zoom conversation with me about the book, exclusively for launch team members. This is an opportunity to hear me talk about the book and share your responses and questions to it. 

This is what you do as team members:

1) Post an honest review of Who Will Be A Witness? on Amazon.com during the book’s launch week (September 1st, 2020)

2) Post about the book on social media during its release, especially Sept. 1st. You can share it on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. When you buy and receive a hard copy of the book, posting pictures of you holding it are very helpful. Also share the book with personal networks, for example writing an email to potentially interested Christian leaders, friends, family, and influencers. 

3) This is optional, but I also hope that you would pre-order a hard copy of the book yourself and you could even consider purchasing it for someone that understands that we need to respond faithfully to injustice. (Trouble I’ve Seen is better for those who don’t quite get it yet).

Please only sign up if you are committed and enthusiastic about following through so I have a realistic idea of team launch participants. 

To join, just click this link and ask to join the google group Launch Team: https://groups.google.com/g/who-will-be-a-witness-launch-team

In Solidarity in Christ, 

Drew

Published by Drew G. I. Hart, PhD

Drew G. I. Hart is a theology professor in the Biblical & Religious Studies department at Messiah College with ten years of pastoral experience. Hart majored in Biblical Studies at Messiah College as an undergraduate student, he attained his M.Div. with an urban concentration from Missio Seminary in Philadelphia, and he received his Ph.D. in theology and ethics from Lutheran Theological Seminary-Philadelphia. Drew was born and raised in Norristown, Pa and has lived extensively in Philadelphia and Harrisburg, PA as well. Dr. Hart’s dissertation research explored how Christian discipleship, as framed by Black theologies and contemporary Anabaptist theologies, gesture the Church towards untangling the forces of white supremacy and the inertia of western Christendom which have plagued its witness in society for too long. As two traditions that emerged from the underside of violent and oppressive western Christian societies, he found Black theology and Anabaptism each repeatedly turning to the particularity of Jesus in the gospel narratives. From that arises an ethic of solidarity with the oppressed and pursuing liberation in Black theology and an ethic of radical peacemaking and ecclesial nonconformity in the Anabaptist tradition. Each challenge the violent and oppressive logics of mainstream western Christianity and salvage the call to follow the way of Christ. Together in dialogue they deepen our analysis of the churches failures and the need for Jesus-shaped repentance. His work beyond teaching and writing has included pastoring in Harrisburg and Philadelphia, working for an inner-city afterschool program for black and brown middle school boys, delivering lectures and leading anti-racism workshops, collaborating with local faith-based organizers and activists in his city, and doing a broad range of public theology. He is also a co-leader for a local Harrisburg faith-based relational network called FREE Together which has collaborated with POWER Interfaith, MILPA, the Shut Down Berks Detention Center movement, and a little with the Poor People’s Campaign. Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism by Drew Hart, has received great reviews by Publisher’s Weekly and Englewood Review of Books. Endorsing this resource, Shane Claiborne said, “This book is a gift from the heart of one of the sharpest young theologians in the United States. Hold it carefully, and allow it to transform you--and our blood-stained streets.” As a text, Trouble I’ve Seen utilizes personal and everyday stories, Jesus-shaped theological ethics, and anti-racism frameworks to transform the church’s understanding and social witness. Trouble I’ve Seen focuses on white supremacy as an overarching framework for understanding racism, with careful attention to its systemic and socializing dimensions. However, unlike sociology textbooks on the subject Dr. Hart also considers the subversive vocation of Jesus and the nonviolent yet revolutionary implications his life ought to have for his followers today. His newest book project is entitled Who Will Be a Witness?: Igniting Activism for God’s Justice, Love, and Deliverance and will be published September 1, 2020. Who Will Be A Witness? invites the church to liberate its centuries long captivity to supremacist practices, and to expand its restricted political imagination in view of Jesus’ messianic reign. The book guides disciples of Jesus into joining God’s delivering presence through scriptural reasoning, historical reflection, practical theology for congregational life, social change theory, and the Christian call to love our neighbor. It is written for congregations, leaders, and students that understand that pursuing God’s justice goes way beyond waiting around for electoral seasons to come around. It is about the ongoing vocation of the Church right now, at the grassroots level, seeking after the wellbeing of their neighbors through faithful, strategic, and concrete action. Drew recently joined the Inverse Podcast team serving as a cohost along with Australian peace activist Jarrod Mckenna. Together they interview interesting people and explore how scripture can turn our ethical imagination and the violent and unjust systems of our world upside-down, which contrasts with interpreting the Bible as a tool for the status quo. Dr. Drew Hart was the recipient of bcmPEACE’s 2017 Peacemaker Award, a 2019 W.E.B. Dubois Award from a Disciples of Christ congregation, and in October 2019, Dr. Hart was chosen as Elizabethtown College’s 2019 Peace Fellow. Each award recognized him for his local and national justice work and public theology. You can find Drew Hart on Twitter and Facebook, or you can catch him as he travels and speaks regularly across the country to colleges, conferences, and churches. Drew and Renee, and their three boys (Micah, Dietrich, and Vincent) live in Harrisburg, PA and attend Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren.

One thought on “Who Will Be A Witness? Launch Team

  1. Hey Pastor Drew,

    Looking forward to it! Started reading another eye-opener yesterday—The Spiritual Danger of Donald Trump-30 Evangelical Christians on Justice, Truth, and Moral Integrity. Needless to say, I can hardly wait to get back to it today. Will preorder your book today.

    God bless,

    Earlene

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