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“If you’ve come to take a side, for Israel or for Palestine, don’t come back. You will leave us in pieces. But if you come to love Jews, Muslims, and Christians, and to learn about the situation, you are welcome because you bring peace.”

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The average Master of Divinity student graduates with tens of thousands of dollars in student loansy. According to the U.S. department of labor, the median wage for a pastor is $43,800 — not a salary that lends itself to paying off high-end loans.

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by Jim Wallis
The horrible human costs and increasing danger the world is now facing in Gaza, Ukraine, and Iraq show the consequences of not telling the truth. ... As people of faith, we are called to speak the truth in love. It’s time for some truth telling.

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When I see Jews and Arabs, Russians and Ukrainians, Sunnis and Shiites, I see Jesus in his divided, warring brothers, whom he calls me to love as he has loved me.

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These ancient stories will shake—and partly restore—your faith in humanity.

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“What would you encourage us to say to our congregations regarding the plight of the immigrant?”
He quickly responded with words I’ll never forget: “Tell them to read their Bibles. Jesus told us to care for three types of people: the orphan, the widow, and the stranger. It’s been 2,000 years and we’re still doing a pretty bad job.

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