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Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 2 days ago
 “Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” - Native American Proverb Native American Proverb + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 2 days ago
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered. - Psalm 130:1-4 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 2 days ago
O Great Spirit, grant that I may never find fault with my neighbor until I have walked the trail of life in his moccasins. Amen. - Cherokee Prayer
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 5 days ago
 "It is justice, not charity, that is wanting in the world." - Mary Wollstonecraft Mary Wollstonecraft + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 5 days ago
Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your judgments are like the great deep; you save humans and animals alike, O Lord. How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. - Psalm 36:5-9 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 5 days ago
God, source of new life, your Son broke the chains of death forever, as he rose powerfully to new and eternal life. Fill us with the joy of Resurrection, and the hope of that same Paschal miracle that made death itself the victim. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 5 days ago
1. How Some Christian Colleges Are Getting Around the Federal Laws That Help Address Campus Rape From the report: The Clery Act, which requires college campuses to collect and report incidents of sexual assault on campus, does not apply to colleges that do not receive certain types of federal funding. What does that mean for victims on those campuses?2. WATCH: Jon Stewart Call Out Media Sexism in 'The Broads Must Be Crazy' Jon Stewart highlights the double-standard treatment given to female politicians in the media, referring specifically to Hillary Clinton's latest role: grandmother — like no other politician in the history of ever has had children who have then had children. Related: "How to Be Less Stupid About Hillary Clinton's Future Grandchild"3. Evangelical Climate Scientist Katharine Hayhoe Named One of Time's Most Influential People Written by actor Don Cheadle, who joined Hayhoe in the Showtime film "Years of Living Dangerously: "It’s hard to be a good steward of the planet if you don’t accept the hard science behind what’s harming it, and it can be just as hard to take action to protect our world if you don’t love it as the rare gift it is."4. WATCH: 'Unsung Hero' Thai Video Will Make Your Friday "What does he get in return for doing this every day? He gets nothing. … What he does receive are emotions. … Receives what money can't buy and a world made more beautiful."5. For the Children's Sake, Put Down the Smartphone "We are behaving in ways that certainly tell children they don't matter, they're not interesting to us, they're not as compelling as anybody, anything, any ping that may interrupt our time with them."6. Why South Sudan May Face the World's Worst Famine in Quarter Century "The coming weeks could determine whether tens of thousands will die."7. How Mississippi Businesses Are Fighting a New Anti-LGBT Discrimination Law "Working with the LGBT rights group Equality Mississippi, Moore and other business owners designed stickers that say, 'We Don’t Discriminate: If You're Buying, We're Selling.'"8. Cedarville University Shuts Down Dissenting Student Newspaper Rachel Marie Stone reports on the latest in a string of conservative moves at the Ohio Christian college that has included restricting Bible classes taught by women to only female students.9. John Boehner Mocks GOP on Immigration Boehner: "We get elected to make choices. We get elected to solve problems and it's remarkable to me how many of my colleagues just don't want to. ... They'll take the path of least resistance."10. Root of CAR Conflict Is a Legacy of Poverty, Not Religious Warfare "[Enough Project's Kasper] Agger said the Séléka rebellion was sparked initially by poverty and lack of development in the northern part of the country. If the conflict is seen in religious terms, rather than as having its roots in poverty, he said, the frustrations of the Séléka will remain."
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 6 days ago
"Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won't stay there." - Clarence W. Hall Clarence W. Hall + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 6 days ago
Jesus said to [Martha], "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" She said to him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world." - John 11:25-27 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 6 days ago
Transcendent God, you are the ground of our being and give life to all the world. Thank you for this divine love that undergirds the faith we strive to live with you, as revealed to us in Christ. We pray for openness to your grace and that we may see concrete signs of God's loving presence in our lives. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 12 hours ago
“Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless.” - Charles Crowe Charles Crowe + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 12 hours ago
On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. And [God] will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; [God] will swallow up death forever. Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of [God's] people [God] will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. - Isaiah 25:6-8 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 12 hours ago
Lord, we long to be your people in this world where other powers claim our allegiance. You have stamped your image on us. Guide us by your light that we might see clearly who we are and what it means to give ourselves to you. Amen. - Adapted from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 1 day ago
"The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world. Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice. But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice." - Henry Knox Sherrill Henry Knox Sherrill + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 1 day ago
Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch, as you really are unleavened. For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us celebrate the festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. - 1 Corinthians 5:7-8 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 1 day ago
God of life, the Resurrection of your Son is our greatest consolation, and our truest source of joy. Let this mystery imbue our lives, as we perceive signs of your life-giving grace everywhere we turn. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 1 day ago
"The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world. Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice. But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice." - Henry Knox Sherrill Henry Knox Sherrill + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 1 day ago
Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch, as you really are unleavened. For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us celebrate the festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. - 1 Corinthians 5:7-8 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 1 day ago
God of life, the Resurrection of your Son is our greatest consolation, and our truest source of joy. Let this mystery imbue our lives, as we perceive signs of your life-giving grace everywhere we turn. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 2 days ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 2 days ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 2 days ago
God of all wisdom, in our life of faith, we see you dimly but continue to hope for the clear vision of your face in your eternal presence. illuminate our path to you, as we strive to follow in the footsteps of your risen Son. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 5 days ago
"The answer to injustice is not to silence the critic but to end the injustice." - Paul Robeson Paul Robeson + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 5 days ago
O Lord, I am your servant; I am your servant, the child of your serving girl. You have loosed my bonds. I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice and call on the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all [God's] people, in the courts of the house of the Lord, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord! - Psalm 116:16-19 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 5 days ago
Sovereign God, you so loved the world that you gave your Son to die on the Cross and bring us to eternal life. Forgive us our blindness in sin, and help us always to be conscious of this wondrous love, as we seek to imitate Jesus and praise him as our heavenly King. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 5 days ago
Editor's Note: As we head into the weekend with eyes toward the resurrection, we must first journey through the darkness of Good Friday. Here are some reflections to help you reflect on that journey. 1. Simply Service "Jesus is The Servant of Servants. If we wish to be like Jesus, we cannot forget this.There is no empire building. There is no entrepreneurial vision. There is no institution keeping. There is simply service."2. Lent Hymn "For in this desert silence And dark night of the soul I am rooting you deeper I am making you whole"3. How Does Dying for Our Sins Work? "The cross is not what God inflicts upon Christ in order to forgive. The cross is what God endures in Christ as he forgives. Once we understand this, we know what we are seeing when we look at the cross: We are seeing the lengths to which a God of love will go in forgiving sin."4. The Five Lessons of Good Friday "The sufferings and death of Jesus, which Christians commemorate on Good Friday, may seem far removed from our everyday lives. … So what can the story of Jesus's crucifixion, as recorded in the Gospels almost 2,000 years ago, teach us about our own lives?"5. Good Friday and the Prophets in Detention "'Holy Week is a special time for us…' Ruth told me in her detention robe. 'Jesus’ passion gives us perspective to see that our situation is nothing compared to what Jesus suffered on the Cross. His journey encourages us to keep going.'"6. Five Errors to Drop from Your Easter Story Number 4: "Don't bypass the role of the women as the witnesses of the resurrected Christ."7. Easy Easter Girl "For people to whom life has been hard, there is a form of solace in praying to a God who does not look spotless, shining like the sun. For many, love is the very wounds of Christ, the greenish-purple skin tones, the bruised and battered life. By his wounds we are healed, the scriptures say. I didn’t realize another way to read it is like this: only the wounded can truly experience a savior."8. The Enthralling Art of Easter "… the agony and Crucifixion and Resurrection are no footnote. They are the bedrock we deal with. It's not hard to see why Bob Dylan became enthralled with the Christ story. It's not hard to see how people who stare too long at Titians can end up in monasteries."9. The Risen Christ: The Call to Conversion " For so many of us, Easter is not just a religious holiday — it is a personal celebration and re-commitment. How do we personally experience the resurrection? Every year, as I hear and say “He is risen,” I remember that it’s not just a theological affirmation, but something I need personally."10. 
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 6 days ago
"A fresh critical look is being taken at the issues of power and authority, and people are beginning to learn, however haltingly, to relate to one another in less coercive and more creatively supporting ways." - Robert Greenleaf Robert Greenleaf + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 6 days ago
After [Jesus] had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord — and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them." - John 13:12-16 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 6 days ago
God of care and compassion, your Son humbled himself out of love to bring us closer to you. May we strive to follow his example of servant leadership as we try to bring others to a greater knowledge of your love. Grant this to us through your Son, our master and teacher. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 12 hours ago
"A genuine fast cleanses body, mind and soul. It crucifies the flesh and to that extent sets the soul free. A sincere prayer can work wonders." - Mahatma Gandhi - Mahatma Gandhi + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 12 hours ago
Jesus answered, "Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, 'You must be born from above.' The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit." - John 3:5-8 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 12 hours ago
Almighty God, preserve us from losing sight of eternal salvation. Grant that we turn from our earthly accomplishments to give you praise and glory in our daily lives. May the love of God and salvation of Jesus Christ remain our ultimate value. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 1 day ago
“God has identified himself with the hungry, the sick, the naked, the homeless; hunger not only for bread, but for love, for care, to be somebody to someone; nakedness, not for clothing only, but nakedness of that compassion that very few people give to the unknown; homelessness, not only just for a shelter made from stone but for that homelessness that comes from having no one to call your own.” - Mother Teresa Mother Teresa of Calcutta + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 1 day ago
For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light- for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. - Ephesians 5:8-10 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 1 day ago
God , we know that you never fail us. Even in our suffering and loneliness, help us to hear the whisper of your love. Be our refuge and shelter, and remind us over and over that we are your beloved children. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 2 days ago
"My fight is not for racial sameness but for racial equality and against racial prejudice and discrimination." - John Oliver Killens John Oliver Killens + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 2 days ago
The hand of the Lord came upon me, and[God] brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. [God] led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. [God] said to me, "Mortal, can these bones live?" I answered, "O Lord God, you know." Then [God] said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. - Ezekiel 37:1-4 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 2 days ago
Lord, mold us and form us into the kind of people you want us to be. Be patient with us when we call short of what love demands of us. And give us patience with ourselves. Catch us in the arms of your grace. Amen. - Adapted from A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 5 days ago
I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do. - Edward Everett Hale Edward Everett Hale + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 5 days ago
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. - 1 John 4:18 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 5 days ago
God of life, grant that we always live in light of our identity in Christ, as we work to proclaim your Gospel. May we have strong faith which gives us the willingness to carryout your will in Christ. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 5 days ago
1. Stephen Colbert and the Death of Protestant America The move to name Stephen Colbert as David Letterman's replacement for his late-night slot was a surprise to many — but a cultural bellwether announcing the changing tide of religion in America? … Maybe? 2. What Is the Heartbleed Bug?  New news platform Vox has the breakdown for you. Basically — change all your passwords. Change them now.  3. The Feminists We Forgot In a great piece for her.meneutics' Womens' History Month series, Sandra Glahn writes: "The teaching that women's involvement is a new phenomenon in church history has been used to silence those whom the Spirit has gifted for leadership. And advances made on behalf of women have been attributed entirely to secular feminism. We ourselves have been complicit because we haven't known our own history." 4. Is the Internet Killing Religion?  A new study suggests it might be — as the uptick of those claiming no religious affiliation correlates to higher Internet use.  5. The Big Environmental Problem Highlighted By the Search for Flight 370 "If nothing else can be learned from this bizarre hunt, one thing has become clear: There's a ton of trash in the Indian Ocean." 6. Hobby Lobby, Christian Women, and Contraception: More Complicated Than You Might Think A new Public Religion Research poll shows that 60 percent of Christian women believe employers should be required provide health care plans that cover contraception at no cost. Jonathan Merritt explores the data.    7. On Pilgrimage: 20 Years After the Rwandan Genocide Artist Nikole Lim's beautiful words and images capture her pilgrimage alongside survivors and perpetrators of genocide. View her gorgeous photos and haunting narratives here. Her series will continue weekly on the Sojourners blog, so check back! 8. A Fascinating Visualization of World Migration Because who doesn't love charts? "Every year, millions of people leave their birth countries to try their fortunes in foreign lands. Where are the most popular destinations for these people? What countries are sending out streams of residents who may never come back?" 9. The 60 Most Powerful Photos Ever Taken That Perfectly Capture the Human Experience War. Love. Tragedy. A must-see gallery.  10. Can I See Your Belly Button?  What happens when your daughters ask you to shed your insecurities with a simple curiosity? "In that holiest of moments, they had become divine mirrors: reflecting all the beauty of co-creation. (And what is left in its wake.) But it was more than that ..."
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 6 days ago
"Watching you hold your hatred for such a long time I wonder: Isn’t it slippery? Might you not someday drop it on yourself? I wonder: Where does it sleep if ever? And where do you deposit it while you feed your children or sit in the lap of the one who cherishes you? There is no graceful way to carry hatred. While hidden it is everywhere." - Alice Walker - Alice Walker, from Hard Times Require Furious Dancing + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 6 days ago
So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, "Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner." He answered, "I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see." They said to him, "What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?" He answered them, "I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?" - John 9:24-27 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 6 days ago
God of life and death, beginning and end, stay close to us. May you shine the light of your love into the darkest places of our lives. Help us to understand the ways you give our lives meaning. Draw closer to us. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 36 weeks 12 hours ago
"Prayer is reaching out after the unseen; fasting is letting go of all that is seen and temporal. Fasting helps express, deepen, confirm the resolution that we are ready to sacrifice anything, even ourselves to attain what we seek for the kingdom of God." - Andrew Murray Andrew Murray + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 36 weeks 12 hours ago
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord," and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Therefore let all who are faithful offer prayer to you; at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them. - Psalm 32:4-6 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 36 weeks 12 hours ago
God of mercy, you have given us life, and tilled our soil day by day to nurture us. You grant us innumerable opportunities to do good with the graces we have received, and bear fruit. Please forgive the ways we have held back this love and care from others. Foster repentance in our hearts, growth in our faith, and love for the Lord. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 36 weeks 1 day ago
"When oppressors join in the struggle for liberation they almost always bring with them the marks of their origin ... which include a lack of confidence in the people's ability to think, to want, and to know. They believe that they must be the executors of the transformation. They talk about the people, but they do not trust them." - Paulo Friere Paulo Friere + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 36 weeks 1 day ago
"When oppressors join in the struggle for liberation they almost always bring with them the marks of their origin ... which include a lack of confidence in the people's ability to think, to want, and to know. They believe that they must be the executors of the transformation. They talk about the people, but they do not trust them." - Paulo Friere Paulo Friere + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail