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Listening for Change: Letting Native American Voices Unsettle Our Avoidance

M. B. Lang

Listening for Change challenges those who wish to lead in healing and reconciliation with Native American communities, showing the need to be quiet and listen. Even before the civil rights era and the accompanying American Indian Movement, indigenous Americans have insisted that White America is not listening. Scholars since Vine Deloria Jr. have called out academics for their blindness and deafness to the insights of Indians. M. B. Lang brings an account of her determination to listen to what young Native Americans have been telling the larger culture in which they find themselves. The digital age provided a platform from which a new generation could make itself heard, and Lang has aimed to listen respectfully. Listening for Change: Letting Native American Voices Unsettle Our Avoidance reports and recommends, calling for a spiritual hearing that alone may bring change in those who need it most: the listeners.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Pickwick Publications
  • Publish Date: May 31st, 2024
  • Pages: 184
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 0.37in - 0.60lb
  • EAN: 9781666778069
  • Categories: Christian Theology - EthicsChristian Living - Social IssuesIndigenous - General

About the Author

Lang, M. B.: - M. B. Lang holds a PhD from St. Thomas University and is a practical theologian and a freelance journalist. She has reported on prisons and government budgets as a reporter and later took up politics and social issues as a columnist for Chicago's SouthtownStar. Lang more recently served as assistant professor of religious studies at Mount St. Joseph University and is part-time faculty in the department of theology at Loyola University Chicago.

Praise for this book

"Combining humility and thoughtful reflection, M. B. Lang draws her readers into the harmful history that has arisen from a lack of listening to Native American voices alongside the profound beauty and depth when they are heard. Pointing to the social and theological significance of this listening, Lang shows the continuing value of responding to what we hear from Native American speakers and the potential for change."

--Beth Stovell, professor of Old Testament, Ambrose University



"In a world filled with a rising cacophony of voices yelling and screaming out through a diversity of sound-bitten channels, M. B. Lang's Listening for Change asks its readers to do something incredibly counter-cultural: listen. The work itself is a product of over a decade of listening to the voices of young American Indians that invites us all to be open to a different perspective on our world that is filled with noise that is often without wisdom."

--Theodore James Whapham, dean, School of Parish Leadership & Evangelization, University of Saint Mary of the Lake