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I believe that one area where the “U2 Church” flourishes and more traditional churches fail is making space for authentic doubt. ... Feeling affirmed and supported in any community during periods of doubt is an arena that I believe many people are yearning for.

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Women and men are created in the image of God with equal value. People of faith must proclaim this message — to NFL Commissioner Goodell and all those in positions of power, including in our own churches. Violence against women — domestic violence in any form — is unacceptable.

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In practice, most Christian groups do not treat these as statements as particularly significant parts of the leadership process, though they might not admit it. Rather, what determines a leader are the prayers, the written reflections, and the conversations that already constitute the bulk of a leadership application in a Christian fellowship.

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Kazantsev’s platform for the Miss America event was “Love Doesn’t Have to Hurt: Protecting Women Against Domestic Violence.” ... What can we take away from Miss America and the recent presence of domestic violence in the mainstream media? Domestic violence knows no bounds. No racial bounds. No economic bounds. No religious bounds.

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by Shane Claiborne
As we listen to Ferguson, we can learn from Ferguson – just as we learn from Montgomery and from South Africa. Many of the worst pits of oppression have later become the brightest beacons of hope. Some of the worst moments of injustice have sparked some of the greatest movements for justice.

I have always believed that any alternative to war must still address the very real problems at hand — just in a more effective way. To say that “war is not the answer” is not only a moral statement but also is a serious critique of what doesn’t work; wars often fail to solve the problems and ultimately make them worse.

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