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Christianity ethics, Church of the Brethren, Mennonite, religious sociology, service, Society of Friends, volunteerism

Service, The Path To Justice
by Calvin Redekop and Terry Beitzel

Service, the Path to Justice is a timely antidote to cynicism and despair in a world of growing inequality and injustice. The authors argue that serving

others is the basis for human survival because only through service to others will injustice be eradicated and peace prevail. Redekop and Beitzel focus on the concept of voluntary service—public participation motivated

by the value of loving one’s neighbour as oneself—as morally worthy social action in which the doer and the recipient of the action benefit equally. This approach to social action counteracts the inequality and injustice inherent in society’s structures. The development and practice of self giving in Mennonite, Brethren, and Quaker denominations is analyzed, bringing sociological, ethical, and applied perspectives to the examination. The practice of voluntary service is immediately available to everyone, and the win-win benefits flowing from this approach to social action promote sustained public participation for social action. This is an enlightening and

optimistic view of the power of an individual to bring kindness, fairness, and peace to the world.

“Justice is a major topic on the horizon...for church and society. Rarely has service been seen as integral to the practice of justice. Redekop and Beitzel enlarge our vision and passion.”

—John A. Lapp, Executive Secretary Emeritus, Mennonite Central Committee

"High marks to the remarkable manuscript which you have compiled. It is a major contribution in to the corpus of our self understanding and a witness to others of our self understanding.”

—Harold Miller, African Studies scholar and author

Calvin Redekop, Ph.D., University of Chicago. Professor Emeritus, Conrad Grebel College/University Waterloo; founding editor, MEDA


Terry Beitzel, Ph.D., Professor of Justice Studies at James Madison University, Director of the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence, and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal on Responsibility.


Calvin Redekop
Terry Beitzel

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