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New Rules for Radicals seeks to advance the discussion on how progressive minded citizens and faith-based leaders can make a difference in the world. Willard shares strategies and practical insights for community engagement with a focus on organizing for power to shape policies and practices. This book serves as a framework and toolkit for Christians and community leaders who want to address issues of social justice with modern techniques and tactics that get results but remain faithful to one's ethical values.
“For more than three decades, Rev. Dr. Will Ashley has been the go-to person for wisdom and leadership on grassroots, faith-based social change. As an experienced pastor and highly credentialed psychotherapist, he draws from multiple traditions and disciplines to guide individuals and organizations on the path toward personal and societal transformation. New Rules for Radicals is the distillation of that vast experience. Following the path set out in this book will lead to meaningful results for communities, while helping faith-based leaders stay focused on the reality that activism's foundation is composed of humans often frail and mortal. For those seeking a better self, community, nation, or world, this book is pure TNT!” —Rabbi Craig B. Miller, past vice president, New York Board of Rabbis
“Finally! A PRACTICAL book with clear steps to help clergy—“leaders of faith communities”—become more effective in their spiritual-religious leadership. Numerous personal stories throughout the book help the reader fully grasp each of the “Cs” needed to successfully change our unjust world the way our faith demands us.” —Rabbi Stephen B. Roberts, DD, MBA, BCC, Founder & President – ChaplainDL – Chaplain Distance Learning, Past President – NAJC (Association of Jewish Chaplains), Editor: Professional Spiritual and Pastoral Care: A Practical Clergy and Chaplain's Handbook
Dr. Willard Walden Christopher Ashley, Sr. is the President/CEO of Dr. Willard Ashley, Sr., LLC, Montclair, New Jersey. Under this umbrella, Ashley conducts webinars, consultation, counseling, and coaching. Dr. Ashley is a trustee and faculty member of the New Jersey Institute for the Training in Psychoanalysis. He is also a trustee of Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School. Ashley is a vocational coach with the Center for Career Development & Ministry. He is the President/CEO of Unity with Diversity, a charitable think tank on diversity, race, and racial inequalities. He is a founding partner of Mission Unbounded, a consulting company that matches assets with the mission.
Ashley is the senior pastor of the Abundant Joy Community Church, Jersey City, New Jersey. Reverend Ashley has served as pastor for 39 years at various congregations. He is Vice Chair, Bergen County Human Relations Commission, New Jersey State Certified, and Nationally Certified Psychoanalyst. Dr. Ashley has taught graduate and certificate courses. Willard is a leader in Jersey City Together formerly ICO.
Ashley was the second African American to be granted tenure and the first African American Dean of the Seminary New Brunswick Theological Seminary (NBTS). NBTS granted him the status, Retired Professor of Pastoral Theology. Ashley hosted a weekly program on Black Entertainment Television (BET) and was a regular on New York City radio. Ashley was a psychotherapist at The Riverside Church, New York City. Following the tragic events of 9/11, Willard Ashley designed and implemented the "Care for the Caregivers Interfaith Project, A Ministry of the Council of Churches of the City of New York.
Memberships include the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis, the American Association of Marriage Family Therapists; Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society; & American Group Psychotherapy Association. Ashley is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World.
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