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Maybe there is a way to get all this stuff done and not miss out on opportunities to wonder. Opportunities to be fully alive to ourselves, the world, and those around us. Opportunities to be reminded that we aren’t what we do, but who we are.

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The top 20 percent of the world’s people control 83 percent of the world’s wealth. The next 20 percent control 11 percent of global wealth. That leaves the bottom 60 percent with only 6 percent of the world’s economic wealth. What can the churches do in the face of such severe global injustice?

Blitzer, like so many white people, doesn’t know Martin Luther King. He misses King’s point. If white people want to reference King, we need to stop using him to condemn black violence. We need to stop pitting a black man against black people. It’s patronizing. It’s demeaning. And it misses the point.

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"Very quickly, the attention is going to go away from Nepal — in the next 3 or 4 weeks. While we have a very captive audience, I want to make sure that the money coming is going to something earmarked for future long-term use. This is going to be a very, very long-term effort.”
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The cries of the people in Baltimore, Ferguson, and indeed around the world, convict us, but they do not condemn us. We are already forgiven through the boundless mercy of God manifest in Christ, and through that forgiveness we can find the will, the courage, and the power to change. 

I become a flexible version of my truest self, the self who loves words but can’t use the long ones and who gets all fired up but makes sure her voice doesn’t get too loud. It’s a terrible place to find oneself, in an identity limbo that feels impossible to explain at the best of times, never mind in 800-something words while America is holding its breath.

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When clickbait lures and controversy sells, what does it mean to read with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper – or our newsfeeds – in the other?

In this new series we explore a question Gareth Higgins raises in the May issue of Sojourners: How do we unlearn our own attraction to scandal and sensationalism while still working for social change? READ Higgins’ essay "A Newsfeed of Fear" and join the conversation online using the hashtag #FeedFear.