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THE SOCIAL EDGE INTERVIEW: AUTHOR CURTISS PAUL DEYOUNG

by Gerry McCarthy

Curtiss Paul DeYoung is a Professor of Reconciliation at Bethel University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. An ordained minister, he has served at congregations in Washington DC and New York City.
     De Young is a long-time activist who worked at the Covenant House Times Square for homeless and runaway youth in New York City. He is the author of numerous books, including: United by Faith and Reconciliation: Our Greatest Challenge, Our Only Hope.
     His new book Living Faith: How Faith Inspires Social Justice was recently published by Fortress Press. I reached him in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Gerry McCarthy: In Living Faith you write that: "Faith-inspired activists live and practice their faith in ways that do not recognize socially constructed boundaries. They strive to transcend race, culture, class, and other artificial limitations. Mystic-activists do not divorce faith from political action for social justice; they do not separate present reality from a hopeful vision for the future; and they view the boundaries of religion as permeable." Can you talk to me about this?
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