About the Book

Parenting for a Better World: Social Justice Practices for Your Family and the Planet offers spiritual resources for reflecting on the relationship between your faith, your calling for justice, and your commitment to parenting. In these pages you will find encouragement from fellow parents and practical strategies to help you integrate caregiving and justice work into your daily lives.

Parenting is an act of faith and an everyday opportunity to change the world. Parenting for a Better World weaves together spiritual practices, family life, and activism. It highlights the ways that your parenting practices contribute to justice and your justice work informs your parenting. And it affirms the presence of God in the midst of it all. 

You aren’t alone in your struggle to be a parent who makes a difference. Like you, these authors juggle commitments to caregiving, activism, and faith. Their stories offer solidarity and support. Without pressing you to do it all, Parenting for a Better World provides spiritual and practical resources for connecting your beliefs, your calling to justice, and your commitment to parenting.

Parenting for a Better World is made possible in part by a gift from Mike and Laura Hatler. 


“Confronted with the perils of climate change, racial trauma, and political divisiveness, conversations with our children may ground to a halt with “What if” questions.  Parenting for a Better World details creative practices of what can be done when children and their loved ones integrate faith and justice in pursuit of global change.”

Gregory C. Ellison II, Ph.D., Professor Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and Founder of Fearless Dialogues, Inc.

“What a lovely, fantastic, deeply moving book! It speaks to a real need among people of faith: how to tackle the seemingly opposing and impossible tasks of parenting well and working toward justice. Overflowing with concrete, practical, constructive suggestions and beautifully and accessibly written, this is a book you’ll want to pass on to family, friends, and congregation.”

 Dr. Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore, Professor, The Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion, Vanderbilt University and author of In the Midst of Chaos: Care of Children as Spiritual Practice