Does it preach? That’s the question sometimes asked of theology by people who believe it should be an ecclesial, rather than just an academic, discipline. Hauerwas, a layman, answers that question affirmatively in this collection of sermons, most of which were preached in Episcopal churches, including the one where he is a member.
In 2006 Charles Roberts walked into an Amish schoolhouse in Pennsylvania, shot and killed five schoolgirls, injured another five and then took his own life. The Amish community immediately declared that it forgave Roberts for his heinous acts, and some of them reached out with compassion to Roberts’s mother. Roberts’s brother Zachary is now working on a documentary called Hope, focusing on his mother’s journey since the shootings. “How does the mother of a mass murderer move forward?” he asks. Forgiveness and faith have been the key ingredients in her life (Huffington Post, November 17).