New Book Provides Framework for Combatting Social Injustice
Before his untimely death, Martin Luther King, Jr. launched what is known as the Poor People’s Campaign, an effort to achieve economic justice for the most disenfranchised in the United States. The cause aimed to help the downtrodden regardless of color or creed.
Restore Together: Urban Ministry in the Context of Technology and Energy in the 21st Century by Dr. Louis Hutchinson III is rightfully perceived as an extension of King’s Poor People’s Campaign. In it is a roadmap to collaborative reconciliation for the church, the individual, organizations, and corporations to come together and end social injustice. And, at its core, lies a vehicle with which we are intimately acquainted: technology.
“There is a ‘digital secularization,’ the immoral use of technology that exploits the people, systems, and the social and natural environment across the world, in need of a humanizing, moral revolution,” says Dr. Hutchinson. “As a civilization, we are at a crossroads. We can either let technology continue to exasperate the oppression of the less fortunate, or harness it as a tool to propel them to greater heights.”
Restore Together reflects the cause that bares its namesake: a foundation with an accessible, multilingual digital platform extending the ability of the church, help organizations, government, corporations and individuals to provide care, advocacy and services through a sacrificial and global coalition. All the proceeds of Restore Together will be donated to this end, fueling the initiative to address worldwide areas of systemic injustice.
In thoughtful, provocative rhetoric, Restore Together will explore the following themes:
• Theology of the City: the challenges faced in the 21 51 century throughout global urbanization, with particular attention to the restoration, transformation, reconciliation and spiritual liberation of its inhabitants
• Digital Secularization, theology of social change: neo-colonialism has silently integrated and systematically evolved to control all aspects of collective thought including commerce, government and entire cultures – through a radical technology-driven digital secularization capable of impacting both developing countries and global superpowers.
• What of the I-Generation?: Exploring how this generation learns and absorbs information differently than previous generations because of their access to technology and exposure to wireless mobile devices, and their ability to achieve positive and collaborative social change rapidly and globally.
• Sacrificial Love: The sacrificial solution that will heal institutional sin such as oppression and poverty is at the very foundation of our existence. It is the most powerful thought ever conceived. It is the very nucleus of who God is, what God does, and what God desires. The solution is the central and unending presence of one word, LOVE.
Dr. Louis J. Hutchinson III is the Senior Pastor of Restoration Baptist Church in Upper Marlboro, MD. He also serves through his “tent ministry” as an Officer and Vice President of the Public Sector & Energy Efficiency Practice for Constellation Energy, an Exelon Company (NYSE: EXE). Dr. Hutchinson is a member of the Association for Climate Change Officers. He is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council, which is the preeminent organization that recognizes the strengths, contributions, and impact of African American corporate business leaders in Fortune 500 organizations. Dr. Hutchinson holds a Doctorate in Theological Studies, magna cum laude, and a Master of Divinity Degree, summa cum laude, both from Wesley Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and Statistics from The George Washington University.