This year’s theme for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is Advancing Leaders Through Purpose-Driven Service. Beacon Press views their writers as leaders, charting the way to a better future with uncovered histories, cultural commentary, and more. Which is why, as AAPI Heritage Month wraps up, we’re putting the spotlight on the work of our Asian American writers. The following list of recommended reads—by no means exhaustive—honors their work and contributions to our society and American history at large.
By Rita Nakashima Brock: I first met James Cone in the back seat of a car. I was teaching at a Black college in rural east Texas in 1981, and he had been invited to lecture on campus. I was invited along when Jim had to be driven to the airport, and we were introduced as he got into car. While in college and seminary in California, I had been introduced to the struggles for justice of the Black Panther Party, the United Farm Workers, and the feminist women’s self-help health movement. The early works of Cone, Mary Daly, Marianne Katopo, Nelle Morton, Paolo Friere, and Rubem Alves had shaped my orientation to theology, and I had been teaching Cone, Friere-style, in a class at the college.
As President Obama prepares to again increase the number of troops in Iraq, the lessons in “soul repair” developed by Drs. Rita Nakashima Brock and Gabriella Lettini may be more critical than ever.
The tragic killing of a former Navy seal should prompt a great examination of the spiritual damage of war.
The first book to explore the idea and effect of moral injury on veterans, their families, and their communities
Conversations about military and veteran suicides often miss a likely factor in the high numbers: moral injury.
By year's end, 40,000 U.S. troops will return from Iraq. But the long nightmare of the Iraq War will not be over for either side of the conflict.
Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock writes about the Occupy movement and its relationship to the Obama campaign and presidency.
This week, many Christians will attend "Good" Friday services. Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock argues for a more empowering view of this holy day.