A groundbreaking work in theological reflection, Promise and Hope presents a pastoral theology of accompaniment that responds to Pope Francis’ urgent call to put Jesus—who reverenced the poor, the needy, the invisible, the “other”—at the center of the church’s ministry. It provides a framework for creating parishes of accompaniment that are open, welcoming, healing and discerning. It offers practical steps toward clearly and compassionately responding to the often messy reality of human living within the context of faithful discipleship. Most of all, it challenges the entire church to move beyond elitism and cronyism, toward a community grounded in relationship with Christ and each other. Perfect for both academic settings, parish leaders, and adult faith formation, this text is a must-read for any thoughtful, engaged Catholic who cares deeply about the church’s future.
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This timely publication provides a well-grounded and practical approach to parish life, one that takes seriously Pope Francis’ call for a “pastoral conversion” of the church at every level.
Bill Huebsch is an author, theologian, former director of religious education, and long-time Catholic publishing professional. He is also a husband, a widely-published and award-winning author, a gardener, a university professor, and a pretty qualified corkscrew operator. He has been a farmer, a marketing director, arts administrator, director of religious education, and diocesan administrator. Bill has published nearly thirty books as well as numerous articles, booklets, and screenplays.
Bill is the founder of the online Pastoral Center and past president of Twenty-Third Publications. Bill writes and teaches extensively on the catechetical mission of the Church and on the importance of continuing to implement the vision of the Second Vatican Council.