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Kathy Galloway

Overcoming Poverty and Working for Justice

Kathy offers a reflection on the spirituality and practice of working for justice and overcoming poverty, both local and global.

As people of faith, we are called to speak out against all that distorts or diminishes the image of God in human beings. Yet working for global justice requires patience and persistence: change is slow, difficult and often costly. Sharing the Blessing is about how you can be part of that change.

It will encourage you to think spiritually and creatively around issues of economics, globalization and migration. By putting a human face on huge social problems, which can so easily seem abstract and distant, it enables you to connect these concerns with your faith. Here you will find practical suggestions and spiritual guidance that will help you to make a real difference to those suffering from injustice and poverty.




96 pages

ISBN 9780281059492



  1. Canon Dr Armson (Church Times)

    “MANY READERS of the Church Times will be familiar with Kathy Galloway’s writings. Those who are not could do no better than buy or borrow this book. Those who are may want to update themselves. She writes forthright, punchy prose. Behind her engagement with such causes is a love of the scriptural stories: Jacob and Esau, Hagar, Ruth, Jesus and the Canaanite woman…

    Her book tells of a conversion. As so often, this one caught Galloway unawares. Travel brought her face to face with undeniable information that convicted her of being on the oppressive side in an unjust world. Now her Christian faith finds expression both in membership of a religious community and her work for justice. (She fits Bonhoeffer’s criteria for authentic Christianity today: “prayer and righteous action”.)

    Her opening chapter explains simply, straightforwardly, and convincingly the economics of the increasing poverty gap. This is tied firmly to spirituality. The following chapters then give examples of her resultant wide-ranging campaigning work.

    It is an often observed paradox that those who face and fight for justice are often among the most hopeful people. Galloway is certainly full of hope, and quotes approvingly, “Is hope related to the future? Yes. But even more it is related to love.” Her final chapter is particularly autobiographical, and her personal testimony is movingly robust. Songs emanating from the Civil Rights Movement converted her, she says, “more than any rally, altar call or Bible study ever did”. She writes tellingly of “keeping on keeping on”, and of the South African bambalela (“never give up”) in the face of “the long haul” and “an exile experience”.

    Her critics may say, “Well, what did she expect?” Others will find her story authentic and vindicating — and, indeed, consistent with the scriptures she so evidently feeds upon with relish.” – CANON DR ARMSON (Church Times)

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