Miles-Tribble’s The Church as Change Agent in Black Lives Matter Times contests the assumption that justice work is necessarily a secular issue. Arguing that piety and praxis should not be understood as opposed choices in the life of religious communities, but must be integrated in religious conviction and social action. Miles-Tribble’s experience in organizational leadership gives her perspective on the importance of overcoming institutional lethargy in the face of complex and overlapping oppressions. Her tools are adaptive change theory, public justice theory and social reform activism as public discipleship in order to achieve restorative justice in churches.
Professor Miles-Tribble's book is a powerful call for Christian churches — black churches, but also all progressive churches — to find more effective ways to embody their gospel values of social justice in the world.