Item description for Disciples of the Street: The Promise of the Hip Hop Church by Eric Gutierrez...
Overview What would cause a small, 140 year-old, Episcopal Church in the heart of the South Bronx to begin offering hip-hop services? How would the church, both locally and nationally, react? Utilizing scores or interviews and months of research, Disciples of the Street, is the story of one Church's engagement with hip-hop religion, the conflicts that ensued, and the resulting birth of something much larger. Following the start of that small hip hop religious movement from its inception in the summer of 2004, through its building of a national profile, in a story that moves from the birthplace of rap to youth detention facilities in Virginia to the New South and all manner of places in between, Gutierrez looks deeply into the questions of what hip-hop has to say to the traditional church and what the church might say to hip-hop culture. Disciples of the Street is a compelling story well told and the definitive look at the issues facing a movement that's growing in popularity and gaining traction around the country.
Publishers Description What would cause a small, 140-year-old, Episcopal Church in the heart of the South Bronx to begin offering hip-hop services? How would the church, both locally and nationally, react? Utilizing scores of interviews and months of research, Disciples of the Street is the story of one church's engagement with hip-hop religion, the conflicts that ensued, and the resulting birth of something much larger. Following that small hip-hop religious movement from its inception in the summer of 2004 through its building of a national profile, in a story that moves from the birthplace of rap to youth detention facilities in Virginia to the New South and all manner of places in-between, Gutierrez looks deeply into the questions of what hip-hop has to say to the traditional church and what the church might say to hip-hop culture. " Disciples of the Street" is a compelling story well told and the definitive look at the issues facing a movement that's growing in popularity and gaining traction around the country.
Promise Angels is dedicated to bringing you great books at great prices. Whether you read for entertainment, to learn, or for literacy - you will find what you want at promiseangels.com!
Reviews - What do customers think about Disciples of the Street: The Promise of a Hip Hop Church?
Complex, profound, and moving Aug 9, 2008
This beautifully written book is a stirring antidote to the reigning image of American Christianity as insular, intolerant, and monochrome. Gutierrez has found in the story of a hip-hop Episcopal church in the Bronx a complex and moving reaffirmation of Christianity as a force for hope, transcendence, and social justice. And joy. This portrait of a white gay Episcopal priest who discovers his mission in hip-hop and in the vibrant, troubled South Bronx projects is ultimately about the possibilities for joy in even the most troubled, contested circumstances. It's full of wonderful detail, humor, sadness, surprise, and a deep understanding of the frailty and potential of each of its closely observed real-life characters. It made even this (very much) lapsed Catholic feel the spirit!
A thought provoking story Aug 8, 2008
In this engaging book, Eric Gutierrez tells the dynamic and interrelated stories of a parish in the Bronx and the rise of a hip hop ministry. Primarily covering a three-year period (2004-07), Gutierrez's historical account offers the reader a window into the faith, lives, and passionate personalities of a variety of people. Better yet, Gutierrez tells their stories in a highly readable prose that preserves each individual's voice and perspective. Not surprisingly given the presence of "promise" in the subtitle, the book is optimistic and uplifting in its overall vision. Still this is not merely a "feel good" account. Gutierrez makes this story timely by engaging some very important questions facing contemporary Christians. The book revolves around the core issues of the nature of tradition (continuity/change), what are appropriate ways to communicate the Christian message (only inherited forms? or also new mediums such as rap?), what counts as a Christian community, and what constitutes a prophetic Church. Furthermore, the book takes seriously the question of how God's radical (and radically inclusive) love relates to each individual person as well as the collective.
While I found the book compelling, there is one issue I wish Gutierrez had contemplated more. On p. 86 a longtime female Church leader asks several connected questions about the Church's responsibility toward developing the economic futures of the youth as part of Christian service. Unfortunately this question of the Church's relationship to the faithful's material life--what I take to be the heart of Paula's concerns voiced at this particular moment--is left in silence. But as the evangelical minister Jim Wallis likes to remind us, the Hebrew prophets and Jesus were deeply committed to socio-economic justice. In our own economically perilous era, such questions remain timely and urgent ones.
Unique and gripping Jul 19, 2008
Eric Gutierrez has written an original and important book. The odd-couple pairing of Kurtis Blow and the Reverend Timothy Holder of Trinity Episcopal Church in the south Bronx is a scoop any journalist would drool over--and the author, an accomplished journalist, does this story proud. But Gutierrez also brings another element to his narrative: a keen sense of the spiritual and scriptural precedents for Father Timothy's mission. The result is a fascinating and provocative narrative, much more interesting than most readers will expect and much more profound than its scoopworthy subject matter initially suggests. Highly recommended.
Hip Hop Revelations Jun 25, 2008
Not a hip-hop fan and not interested for a variety of reasons? Then all the more reason to pick this book up. I learned about the origins of hip- hop and the accompaning culture and like many of the characters in the book, I made peace with certain aspects of hip-hop and continue to be perplexed by others. Certainly the read is a mind opening and balanced account of the struggling sub-culture of religious hip-hop to reclaim its roots. Gutierrez's writing is a refreshing look through all eyes focused on the illusive prize.
Promise fulfilled Jun 24, 2008
Not so much in the born-again sense but in the living-in-the-now sense, this book chronicles a specific rebirth of organized religion, with all the disorganization, mess, and glory it entailed. This story is complex and multi-sided, and the writer possess an admirable (and humbling) ability to listen and record. Most writers would be injecting their own feelings and opinions everywhere, but this author listens. His attention to detail and nuance is wonderful. Once I started reading I couldn't stop. That's rare.