In his book The Upside-Down Kingdom, sociologist Donald B. Kraybill highlights the work of Habitat for Humanity as a positive example of social justice. A complete review of the book will be posted here next week. Until then, we hope you enjoy reading and sharing Kraybill’s “shout-out” to Habitat. Here is the quote in full:
“Consider an example of modern Jubilee that goes beyond pity. Habitat for Humanity is an international organization that creatively applies biblical economics. Habitat operates in hundreds of locations in dozens of countries around the world. The program builds low-cost, modest homes for those without homes. Prospective homeowners must give hundreds of hours of their own ‘sweat equity’ (volunteer time) to qualify for a house. They also give some of the ‘sweat equity’ to other projects before construction begins on their home. They can pay off mortgages without interest over twenty years. Contributors share money, time, supplies, and labor hand-in-hand with the poor. Habitat builds more than homes – it builds relationships and community. Above all, Habitat nurtures dignity, accountability, and responsibility. It is indeed an exemplary model of Jubilee compassion” (p. 137).
Donald B. Kraybill, The Upside-Down Kingdom (Rev. ed.). Harrisonburg, VA: Herald Press, 2011. Paperback. 319 pages. $11.09. ISBN 978-0-8361-9513-2.