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Buried Seeds Learning from the Vibrant Resilience of Marginal- ized Christian Communities Alexia Salvatierra and Brandon Wrencher

Foreword by Robert Chao Romero Afterword by Willie James Jennings

Buried Seeds shows how two overlooked ministry models—the base ecclesial communities of the Global South in the late twentieth century and the hush harbors of the US antebellum South—can provide wisdom and strategies for the twenty-first-century church and contemporary social movements.

“This book mines the rich legacy of Black and Brown grassroot ex- pressions of Christianity, and it builds on this firm foundation to of - fer us a new, faithful way forward where we can be ethnically proud and distinctively Christian.” —DOMINIQUE DUBOIS GILLIARD, author of Subversive Witness: Scripture’s Call to Leverage Privilege “ Buried Seeds pays homage to the critical course of liberationist growth and process. Salvatierra and Wrencher have gifted us all a book that feels like a garden!” —OLUWATOMISIN OLAYINKA OREDEIN, Brite Divinity School “Based on rigorous academic research and more than six decades of the authors’ grassroots ministry experience, this book offers a treasure of indigenous strategies of transformation. . . . A critical read both for scholars of missiology and church planting and for young Christian leaders of color around the world who wish to recover the radical roots of global Christianity.” —ROBERT CHAO ROMERO (from the foreword) “Drawing inspiration and examples from the oppressed and the poor, this book provides the hope that renewal can truly come from the margins. Buried Seeds exemplifies the best of what the church can be and offers a much-needed antidote for an ailing church.” —SOONG-CHAN RAH, Fuller Theological Seminary “ Buried Seeds is the dose of hope we’ve needed in an age where it’s hard to tell the difference between ecclesia and empire. This book is a manual for leaders who seek to provoke the Christian church into resurrected life.” —REV. NAOMI WASHINGTON-LEAPHEART, curator, Salt | Yeast | Light “A sacred gift to a church in crisis. Salvatierra and Wrencher provide guidance and wisdom through their Spirit-filled words.” —KAREN GONZÁLEZ, author of The God Who Sees and Beyond Welcome

NOW AVAILABLE • 256 pp. • paper • $24.99 • 9781540964649

Alexia Salvatierra (DMiss, Fuller Theological Seminary), a national leader in faith engagement in immigrant justice for over twenty years, is the academic dean of Centro Latino and associate profes- sor of integral mission and global transformation at Fuller Theolog- ical Seminary. Brandon Wrencher (MDiv, North Park Theological Seminary) is a minister, community organizer, teacher, and facilitator. He works across faith, higher education, and nonprofit sectors at the inter - sections of decolonizing church, contemplative activism, and local presence to build beloved communities.


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