I think we would all agree that it is much easier to do difficult things with the help of others. So while some are inclined to be pathfinders, forging onto uncharted paths that no one has gone before, most of us are okay with following in their footsteps.
Before such a massive wave of people writing, speaking, and living out their convictions as post-Evangelical, the deconstruction and subsequent reconstruction process were so lonely. Dorothy Day was one of those pathfinders.
She grew up around World War I, the Suffrage Movement, the influenza outbreak, The Great Depression, and many other critical social, cultural, and political shifts. Other people of faith had lived through these circumstances, but Day’s unique experience blended with her convictions translated into remarkable Jesus-centric work.
“Jesus, the Christ, was an unskilled, low-wage worker. So were all of his friends. Not only would he be a part of the hunger march, Dorothy thought, but if she squinted her eyes just right, she could actually see the face of Christ in the people straggling past her,” said D.L. Mayfield on the CBF Podcast Conversation.
D.L. is a popular author with books such as “The Myth of the American Dream” and “Assimilate or Go Home.” She has a new work on the life and legacy of Dorothy Day, “Unruly Saint: Dorothy Day’s Radical Vision and Its Challenge for Our Times.”
Mayfield also contributes to Christianity Today, Sojourners, The Washington Post, and Vox. She is also the cohost of two podcasts, The Prophetic Imagination Station and The Faith and Justice Network podcast.
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Andy Hale is the creator and host of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Podcast. Hale is the Associate Executive Coordinator of CBF North Carolina. He’s also served as CBF’s Church Start Specialist, the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton, and the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge. Follow on Twitter @haleandy.