About Reverend Brooks Harrington, Author of “No Mercy, No Justice”

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Reverend Brooks Harrington is the legal director of the Methodist Justice Ministry, which he founded in 2006. Brooks is a former US Marine infantry officer. He attended George Washington University law school in Washington D.C., graduating cum laude. He then served on a law school faculty in D.C. for two years and as a federal prosecutor there for five more years. He returned to his home in Fort Worth, and was in private litigation practice from 1983 to 1991 and from 1996 to 2006. He has been honored repeatedly by vote of his peers as a “Texas Superlawyer” in Texas Monthly magazine and as one of the top 100 lawyers in Tarrant County in the Fort Worth Business Press.

Regarding the U.S. criminal justice system and poverty, Rev. Brooks Harrington has done much and perhaps seen it all. Prosecutor and minister, Harrington’s qualified insight of these social issues rings disturbingly authentic. Many citizens believe ‘the poor’ are simply victims of public policy. In the spirit of Rauschenbusch and Gladden, No Mercy, No Justice exercises biblical norms and Jesus’s gospel principles to inform believer’s treatment of the poor— our American Achilles heel.
— David Mosser, author/editor of Transitions: Leading Churches through Change

From 1991 to 1995, Brooks attended Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, graduating summa cum laude, and was senior pastor of Diamond Hill United Methodist Church in north Fort Worth. He was ordained a deacon in 1993 and an elder in the United Methodist Church in 2008. Brooks has served as an Associate Pastor on the clergy staff of First United Methodist Church in downtown Fort Worth and is now full-time as the legal director of the MJM, working six to seven days week.

Brooks has been married for more than 40 years to Maxine Harrington, a retired professor and former Associate Dean of Texas A&M School of Law. They have three children and four grandchildren.

No Mercy, No Justice is Brooks Harrington’s first book.

All net proceeds from the book, as well as speaking honorariums, will directly benefit the Methodist Justice Ministry.

About “No Mercy, No Justice”

How can we be just and merciful? Are justice and mercy in conflict? Or are they aspects of the same truth?

Christians in America are presented with two conflicting versions of justice and mercy.

One version comes from the dominant secular narrative of America. Justice and mercy are contradictions. Mercy is devalued and discouraged.

But within the counter narrative of God revealed through Torah, the prophets, and particularly through the life and parables of Jesus, justice and mercy are aspects of the same truth and way of God. There is no justice without mercy. There is no mercy without justice.

In this book, Rev. Brooks Harrington draws on more than 42 years’ experience as a criminal prosecutor, a pastor of inner-city church in an impoverished neighborhood, and the founder of a legal ministry protecting indigent victims of family violence and child neglect and abuse. Through moving stories of women and children he has encountered, he shows the terrible toll of the dominant narrative’s version of justice and mercy. And he offers Christians hope with new and startling insights into God’s justice and mercy revealed in the parables of Jesus.

About the Beneficiary, the Methodist Justice Ministry

The Methodist Justice Ministry was founded by Reverend Brooks Harrington in 2006, first to protect indigent women and children from domestic violence, neglect and abuse, and second, to help them to new lives free of violence, abuse, fear and self-loathing.

The MJM is thoroughly faith driven. Its legal director, Brooks Harrington, is an ordained United Methodist minister as well as a licensed attorney. Our scriptural motto is: “Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and the needy.” Proverbs 31: 8-9

Since the MJM began, we have represented in court the interests of hundreds of women and children from low income households. We have not only obtained but also enforced court orders for protection, for custody, for denial or restriction of visitation by the abusers, and for child support and medical support. And we have counseled with more than 5,000 individuals desperate for help. The MJM staff presently consists of three lawyers, a legal intern and two legal assistants. We receive between 20 and 30 new requests for legal representation every week. We need to expand, and the profits from No Mercy, No Justice will help us to do this.

For more information about the Methodist Justice Ministry’s work and how you can donate, visit www.methodistjusticeministry.org. All net proceeds from the book, as well as speaking honorariums, will directly benefit the Methodist Justice Ministry.