Sharing Words, Living Examples, Changing Lives

Marcus George Halley

Apr/2020, 144 Pages, PAPER, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9781640652422

A fresh perspective on how liturgy can support social justice work

Proclaim! is an exploration of Episcopal liturgy from a black, queer, millennial perspective, with an eye toward proclamation and justice. Part memoir, part history, part biblical studies, and part practical theology, Proclaim! suggests that the politics of our liturgical tradition is the ground from which we can engage in the justice work that our world needs. Each chapter explores theology, a biblical story, and the real-world practice of evangelism and mission. The liturgy can serve as the theological well from which we might draw wisdom to engage the issues of justice, equity, and compassion in the world today. The question is not whether or not to engage politics; rather, the question is: whose politics are being reflected?

Furthermore, what shape might our lives take if we took our worship of God seriously? People who are curious about what justice looks like in the Church or who are seeking new resources to sustain their work will be affirmed in Halley’s book.

Audience: Clergy, seminarians, community organizers, people of color, LGBTQIA, campus ministry groups

MARCUS GEORGE HALLEY serves as Rector of Saint Paul’s, Missioner for Evangelism in Minnesota, and adjunct professor of homiletics at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. His vocational interest lies in the intersection of Evangelism and Justice, believing that the Good News is either good news for everyone or it is not good news at all. He co-wrote the Young Adult Module of “These Are Our Bodies” and has been included in numerous other print and online venues.


Chapter One: The Mission of God

Chapter Two: What Are We Doing Here?

Chapter Three: Come, Let Us Go

Chapter Four: Gather in the Lord’s Name

Chapter Five: Proclaim and Respond to the Word of God

Chapter Six: Pray for the World and the Church

Chapter Seven: Exchange the Peace

Chapter Eight: Prepare the Table

Chapter Nine: Make Eucharist

Chapter Ten: Break the Bread

Chapter Eleven: Share the Gifts of God

Conclusion: Go Forth


  • preaching
  • politics
  • marginalized
  • justice
  • inclusivity
  • liturgy

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