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 the Dean of Formation for the Episcopal Church in Connecticut as well as Priest-in-Charge of the Church of the Holy Spirit in West Haven, Connecticut. Prior to serving the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, the Rev'd. Halley served as rector of Saint Paul's Church in Minneapolis and as Missioner for Evangelism for the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. A 2015 graduate of the School of Theology at Sewanee: the University of the South, he has returned to his alma mater to pursue a Doctor of Ministry, focusing his studies on liturgy and discipleship as the seedbed for revival and renewal. His vocational interests lie at the intersection of mission, liturgy, discipleship, and justice.

“In Proclaim! Marcus Halley recalls the Church to the primary missiological significance of the Eucharist. He reminds readers that the Eucharist both draws us closer to Jesus as disciples while also empowering us and sending us as apostles of the mission of God. This book stands in the long tradition of Anglican missiology by emphasizing that our worship has everything to do with God’s mission of restoration and reconciliation in the world. It is a wise and urgent call for the Church in this new missional age.”  
The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas, Bishop Diocesan, The Episcopal Church in Connecticut


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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