BOOKS BY LAURIE GREEN
LET'S DO THEOLOGY
"LET'S DO THEOLOGY is the key text for all who wish to do theology in an exciting and transformative way. Accessible and practical, whilst at the same time addressing the key questions about the nature and challenges of theology, this book will enable readers to bring together their faith and their life’s issues, and also help students of theology face the challenge of how academic theology can be life-transforming.” ~ Mowbray
As I look back I realise I've published quite a lot both here in the UK & abroad. Below you’ll find descriptions of nearly all my books & booklets, and later there’s a list of books to which I've contributed chapters.
I hope you’ll find something to interest.
BLESSED ARE THE POOR?
"Listening intently to what the poor have to say is Laurie Green’s way into a new study of Jesus’ most famous Beatitude – "Blessed are the Poor". Combining years of pavement-level experience with informed biblical analysis he sets out for us how the perspective of the poor opens us up to new biblical and theological insights. These issue in a radical rethink about mission and what it means to be Church in a post-secular society. The book introduces us to Britain’s poorest housing estates and with the voices of the poor ringing in our ears, then uses the radical edge of contextual theology to draw out from that a prophetic challenge to each one of us, and to a Church which is reluctant to respond seriously to the challenges of the Beatitudes. A very challenging and stimulating read." SCM
& THE KINGDOM OF GOD
a Church Times "Book of the Year"
“With 90 per cent of the UK population now living in urban and suburban environments, the need for a practicable theology that can be applied in our cities and towns has never been greater. Laurie Green, a published author in the field of contextual theology, seeks to meet that need here. He begins with an overview of the history of urban ministry and notes what radical change has occurred in recent years. He then reflects on past and present urban development and ministry, in the light of the Gospels. Finally, he asks how those in ministry should respond to the delights and challenges that the urban world now provides.
Urban Ministry and the Kingdom of God is an accessible and enjoyable resource for students of urban ministry and mission, and essential reading for all those living and working in an urban or suburban setting.” SPCK
THE IMPACT OF THE GLOBAL - AN URBAN THEOLOGY
This book has been translated into Japanese, Tamil, Portuguese and Spanish and has been heralded around the world as offering foundational thinking about how Globalisation and the Urbanisation dynamically affect each other. Our cities are only as they are because of the global and so any urban practitioner needs to know how this works if their own projects are to make sense on this wider canvas.
This book was key to the development of the Anglican Urban Network and spells out why the Anglican Church is well placed to engage these issues.
ISBN 9-9990-0874-7 (56pp
"The radical Bishop of LIverpool, David Sheppard, introduces this unique and stimulating book which challenges our understanding of what theology is, who it is for, and calls into question the whole pattern of theological training and Christian Ministry.
POWER TO THE POWERLESS traces what happens when theology is lifted out of the confines of academia and is placed in the hands of ordinary Christians in a working class parish in Birmingham.
Exploring the meaning of the parables for their own inner-city setting, they draw out a stunning analysis of the urban dilemma and discover a moving, powerful theology with which to confront and change the problems which blight peoples' lives and make the teachings of Jesus live in their locality." Marshall Pickering.
POWER TO THE POWERLESS
- THEOLOGY BROUGHT TO LIFE
another Church Times "Book of the Year"
Edited by Laurie Green & Chris Baker.
Other contributors include Michael Fox, John Perumbalath, Sue Hutson & Brian Castle
"The new urban areas are reshaping much of Britain. Those who live, work or minister within them are not only at the cutting edge of new forms of built environment, they must also discover new ways of being community and contemplate new expressions of Church. All this demands careful and bold analysis and creative theological reflection. While powerful global economic forces are changing our landscapes, human beings have to wrestle with themes of belonging and identity. The gospel engages with these human narratives, driving and shaping a Christian search for alternative perspectives and practices. What are the appropriate building projects, mission programmes and lifestyles that will be effective in meeting the challenges of these urban settlements? How should other areas respond?
The writers have mapped the new situation, analysed their findings and drawn out themes which demand attention, reflecting theologically about the challenges of our newly built urban developments." SPCK
A THING CALLED ASTON
an Experiment in Reflective Learning
Seeking the authentic Church
for the New Communities
“Aston is only ten years old and it has some of the brashness of the rough and tough newcomer who takes on the established firms and beats them at their own game. This book, with its vivid use of testimony from people who have been through the scheme, is clearly written by enthusiasts excited about what they have discovered. They are cheerfully hacking away at the present system of training, and I have no doubt that the mould will break soon and that we’ll be in for a period of exciting experimentation.”
(Bishop Richard Holloway. 24 July, 1987)
This book was written when Bishop Laurie Green was Principal of The Aston Traiining Schem. It was edited by Norman Todd with writing from Laurie Green, Michael Allen and Donald Tytler, describing the work of this non-residential course which pioneered ways of helping women and men to relate their life events and their work to their faith and spiritual life. It led the way in theological and ministerial formation in the Church of England and beyond. In it, the contextual theological method which Laurie was then developing is described as it was put into practice. Published in 1987, it still seems to be years ahead of where many theological institutions still are today, and in that regard the reviews of the time are still worth reading.
God in the Inner City, Urban Theology Unit, New City Series, Sheffield, 1992
Jesus and the Jubilee, Crux Press, Sheffield UK, 1997 (pp 27)
BOOKLETS BY BISHOP LAURIE
The Challenge of the Estates: Strategies & Theology for Housing Estate Ministry, Board for Social Responsibility, Church House, Westminster, 1998 (pp 25)
Challenging Communities - Church related Community Development & Neighbourhood Renewal with Finneron, Harley and Robertson, CUF & CCWA, 2001
My Faith My Story, a Theological Method, Urban Theology Unit, New City Series, Sheffield, May 1998
CHAPTERS by LAURIE IN OTHER BOOKS
"Crossover City will raise the game for many of those engaged with passion and delight in the joys and struggles of urban ministry. This ministry is lived out in the shadow of the cross and in the light of the resurrection. It is a ministry of pain and healing, of suffering and joy. Increasingly it is a complicated ministry, as communities within communities learn to live creatively with difference and diversity, and to celebrate these as gracious gifts of God. Our deliberations in urban theology, reflected in the various essays in this book, are all geared to helping God's people in the city live out the joy, simplicity, and compassion of the Gospel. This book should go some way to open the ears of some of our clergy to the call of God to the inner city, and to ministry on "difficult" estates.'
It challenges the way theology is often done in isolated factions that deny the openness and collaboration which must underpin the transformative mission our urban areas cry out for. Crossover City is critical reading for those in theological training and parish ministry seeking resources for a creative and radical witness in our increasingly urban world."
Chapters by Bishop Laurie elsewhere include:
"Blowing Bubbles: Poplar" in God in the City, ed. Sedgewick, Mowbray, 1995
"The Body: Physicality in the UPA" in God in the City, ed. Sedgewick, Mowbray, 1995
"Distilling the Wisdom" with Prof. David Ford, in God in the City, ed. Sedgewick, Mowbray, 1995
"The Jesus of the Inner City" in Urban Christ, ed. Duffield, Urban Theology Unit, 1997
"What then must we do?" in Proclaim Liberty: Reflections on Theology and Debt, Christian Aid, 1998
"Gospel from the Underclass" in Gospel from the City ~ British Liberation Theology 2, ed. Rowland & Vincent, Urban Theology Unit, 199?
"Global Urbanization: A Christian Response" Beyond Colonial Anglicanism: The Anglican Communion in the Twenty-first Century, ed. Ian Douglas & Kwok Pui-lan, Church Publishing Inc., New York, 2001
Forward to Urban Christianity & Global Order, Andrew Davey, SPCK, 2001
"International Development and the Kingdom of God" in Leva i Varlden, Kalstad, Sweden, 2002
“The Preface” to Seeds are Sown in Hope: A Story of the Origins of InterAct, Rowland Joiner, interact.org
"Friendship, Community and the Kingdom of God" in A Last Embrace, Essays in Honour of Nadir Dinshaw, ed. Andrew Deuchar, Carins Publications, 2003
Resources for Urban Mission and Transformation
Here you will find two chapters by Laurie Green:
* I Can't Go There!: The Urban Vocation and
* God is a Group?: The Persistent Presence of the Holy Spirit.
This is the Cover of the first edition of
Let's Do Theology, which was published in 1990. It went through many re-printings before it was totally revised and updated.
The new edition is featured at the top of this page and was published in2009.
This early edition is only interesting now as it reflects the writer’s uphill struggle to introduce Contextual Theology to the colleges and courses at that time
The new edition (above) has been totally revised and enlarged.
Copyright by Laurie Green