Our world came to a screeching halt with the pandemic. Schedules that used to be packed to the brim opened wide, creating unexpected space. Now that the world is opening up again, we have the opportunity to decide if the ways we had been in community before the pandemic are the ones we even want to return.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson continue the summer miniseries series called Showing Up. Each episode explores the challenges we face to show up in the world. Erin and Hannah invite Adam Gustine to help us learn how to show up in our communities in ways that expand the common good. Adam is assistant director of the social concerns seminars at the University of Notre Dame, and he leads CovEnterprises, a social enterprise initiative of Love Mercy, Do Justice, for the Evangelical Covenant Church. Through his work and ministry, Adam invites God’s people to put his love and mercy on display through the local church. Adam casts a bright vision, urging that as we grow in becoming just, the church becomes God’s justice to a broken world and promotes human flourishing throughout the community. This is the basis of Adam’s book, Becoming a Just Church: Cultivating Communities of Shalom (InterVarsity Press). This conversation covers a whole host of topics related to how we can show up to rebuild community based on God’s love and mercy. Have you been wondering which activities to return to, now that the world is opening up again? What kind of community is worthy of our time and efforts? Can the church become the center of human flourishing for us all? Listen in for dialogue on questions like these as we learn how to show up together. Then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.


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Becoming a Just Church: Cultivating Communities of Shalom by Adam Gustine

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Did you enjoy this episode of Persuasion? Give the entire series a listen:

Persuasion 217 | Showing Up Again

Persuasion 218 | Real Relationships, with Rachel Pieh Jones

Persuasion 219 | Real Conversations, with Rebecca McLaughlin

Theme music by Maiden Name.