Street Psalms offers life-giving practices and perspectives through Street Psalms Press, which publishes resources for our network that includes books in both print and ebook formats, as well as web-based media. We have written and published two books, Geography of Grace and Meal From Below.

Meal from Below

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Jesus not only makes room for “the least of these” at his table of blessing, he gives them preferred seating. Sitting at the table with those who are most vulnerable and hungry, we discover ourselves anew. We are returned to ourselves as ones taken, blessed, broken, given, and spoken in God’s love, that we might re-member the body of Christ for a hurting world.

Drawing from years of practice and reflection with the poor, Kris Rocke and Scott Dewey’s devotionals guide us through a 40-week spiritual formation experience that includes daily, weekly, and monthly practices of communion with God, each other, and our world. Depending on your appetite, these weekly devotionals can be enjoyed as appetizers, five-course meals, or even desserts.

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ENDORSEMENTS

“Seldom do you find such good theology, good writing, and good social analysis in the same book or program. This is indeed ‘food’ for an age and a church that expects nothing new and yet is tired of the old menu.”

[Fr.] Richard Rohr, O.F.M.
Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico and author of Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer and The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See.

“This fine and deeply soulful book reminds us to re-member the exquisite mutuality to which God’s kinship calls us all. It connects us to the communion that is of most interest to God: the kind that erases margins, welcomes the poor, and includes those left out. Be fed by this book.”

Gregory J. Boyle, S.J.
Founder of Homeboy Industries and author of Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.

“A monumental achievement! Clear vision, sound theology, and above all the fingerprints of God are everywhere to be found between the pages of this book. Reading through my copy I could feel God’s power and healing peace flowing from head to toe. Well done, good and faithful servants.”

Robert Farrar Capon
Episcopal priest and author of 35 books including his first book, Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection and a trilogy on Jesus’ parables.

Meal From Below is the most thought-provoking and insightful look at Christ’s Eucharistic five course meal I have ever read. Kris Rocke and Scott Dewey touch our deep human longings in this book. The longing to know we are chosen and blessed, to know our brokenness can be a gift to the world, and to believe we can live as a spoken word of God addresses the pain and hope of every human heart. The best part of their message is that the real teachers in understanding these truths are those from below. This is a journey you don’t want to miss.”

Nancy Black
Therapist, counselor, and spiritual director

May 2015 Update: Our New Virtual Resource Center

Ed. note: if you’re reading this online, our new website is probably less of a surprise. We are still very excited to officially launch this site, so please look around and send us your feedback.

Friends, we are so excited to share this news with you.

As you know, Street Psalms is a global resource center, developing leaders in places such as Guatemala, Kenya, Romania, and the United States. Though we gather in person as often as time and resources permit, 21st century technology has opened up other ways of coming together to share our resources, stories, and lives.

 

Introducing the new Street Psalms Virtual Resource Center, full of life-giving perspectives and practices that foster transformation in vulnerable urban communities.

 

 

 

Watch our beautiful new video that reveals the heart of how Street Psalms sees and participates in God’s movement in the world.

 

 

Our Classroom features global training activities through the Urban Training Collaborative, our joint project with Leadership Foundations, as well as information on upcoming Webinars that will be open to the public.

The Library is chock-full of resources for reflection and action. Check out guides for scripture and prayer, public liturgies, and organizational tools.

 

 

 

 

Read stories and reflections from our global network in our Street Psalms Magazine. We’d also love to hear your stories; please contact Stephanie to add your voice to our Magazine.

 

 

Of course, we also have the organizational information, from our Street Psalms Case Statement to staff member profiles to financial documents.

Please explore and be sure to let us know what you think and what else you’d like to see. Thank you for being part of our community of friendship and partnership.

Peace,
Street Psalms

Geography of Grace

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How do we make sense of God’s love among the urban poor, and among the rest of us who are hungry for good news in the hard and sometimes forgotten places of our own lives? Kris Rocke and Joel Van Dyke invite us to discover for ourselves the unexpected nature of grace among those who have been labeled the least, last and lost—and their inextricable link to forgotten and disturbing Bible stories.

When it comes to grace, geography matters. This book is a conversation about what it means to teach and preach good news in hard places. Graphic but never gratuitous, Rocke and Van Dyke are lyrical, poetic, irreverent, and playful. They are as rigorous in their study of applied theology as they are accessible in telling their stories of adventures in urban ministry. The authors share their own discovery of that which has been “hidden since the foundations of the earth,” and they do it by standing with those who have stood alone, finding joy in being counted among the transgressors. They offer a new kind of orthodoxy that is as old as the gospel itself. Far from a dogmatic theology, the burden of this book is uncommonly light, but it is not without its demands. If you are up for a life-changing adventure, then get ready to “assume the risks” of exploring Christian theology in the most challenging settings of urban ministry.

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ENDORSEMENTS

“In this challenging book, graceful writing meets grace-full theology. The wounds of the world cry out in poetry and poignancy; the call to care crushes complacency; places below rise to expose suffering and healing in the depths; darkness shines upon light, transforming Word and world in reading, hearing and doing.”

Phyllis Trible
Baldwin Professor Emerita of Sacred Literature
Union Theological Seminary
New York City
Author of Texts of Terror and God and Rhetoric of Sexuality – Overtures to Biblical Theology.

“In Geography of Grace you will be exposed to some of the first fruits of a really novel insight into Christian faith and living. What a rich understanding of how Jesus steps into our shame and holds it in tenderness so that we can really learn to love! And how much clearer, now, that this, which we have so easily missed, goes to the core of the Gospel.”

James Alison
Priest, Theologian
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Author of On Being Liked, The Joy of Being Wrong and Broken Hearts, and New Creations – Intimations of a Great Reversal.

“One good thing about being a freelance monotheist is that you get to be proud of your more sectarian pals’ theological insights, spiritual growth, and compassionate ministries, whether they are Christians, Muslims, Jews. As thousands of street-level people-lovers all over the world already know, my brothers Kris and Joel are the best kind of Jesus people – kind, wise, and soulful. As you are about to find out, they are also first class thinkers. This isn’t a joint memoir, or a how-to ministry book, or a polemic against selfish materialism…. This is a seriously biblical, thoroughly Christian, ‘from the gutter’ reflection on the nature of God’s relationship with humankind.”

Bart Campolo
Communicator, pastor, and activist
Cincinnati, OH

“This is a beautiful book and a true book, proving again that they are the same thing! You will get to the essentials quickly here, and in a way that will change you both painlessly and painfully. I am currently in my “hermitage” on the California shore, writing a book on The Resurrection and the True Self. There is plenty of True Self and Resurrection in this book.”

[Fr.] Richard Rohr,O.F.M.
Center for Action and Contemplation
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Author of Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer and The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See