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Posted by God's Politics Editor 48 weeks 3 days ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 48 weeks 3 days ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 48 weeks 4 days ago
People around the country have taken notice of the #FaithfulFilibuster and want to lend their voices. From Pastor Sarah Trone Garriot in Des Moines, Iowa: "Since we couldn't be in Washington to join you, a few of us pastors got together and visited our Iowa Representative's office." After reading through select Bible verses, the group read the following statement: To the Honorable Representative Tom Latham:We believe that the recent government shutdown is not just a failure of the process of governance.  This shutdown is born of the failure to follow Jesus’ commandment to “love our neighbor.” (Luke 10:25-37)  We have witnessed hard hearts as our elected representatives squander their time and energy to attack one another and create failure.We have witnessed our elected representatives acting without mercy when it comes the poor, the vulnerable, the sick, and the stranger.As Americans, we are at our best when we come together to work for the common good.  This shutdown, and the divisive behavior that gave birth to it, is an insult to our nation.  We can do better.[contined at the jump]
Posted by God's Politics Editor 48 weeks 4 days ago
 "We must learn to live together as brothers [and sisters] or perish together as fools." - Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 48 weeks 4 days ago
Remember the word that you commanded your servant Moses, “If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the peoples; but if you return to me and keep my commandments and do them, though your outcasts are under the farthest skies, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place at which I have chosen to establish my name.” - Nehemiah 1:8-9 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 48 weeks 4 days ago
All-knowing God, your Son Jesus Christ reminds us that nothing escapes you. You know our thoughts and our hearts better than we know ourselves. Send us your Holy Spirit to preserve us from useless duplicity and hypocrisy, guiding us toward the perfect integrity your Son showed us. May we welcome people in our lives who are working to build the kingdom of God. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 48 weeks 5 days ago
"It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view. The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work. ... We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker. We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future that is not our own." Bishop Ken Untener of Saginaw, Mich. + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail[Editors note: Quote was previously misattributed to Archbishop Oscar Romero]
Posted by God's Politics Editor 48 weeks 5 days ago
For you deliver a humble people, but the haughty eyes you bring down. It is you who light my lamp; the Lord, my God, lights up my darkness. - Psalm 18:27-28 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 48 weeks 5 days ago
 Holy God, we bring our prayers to you as acts of love for you and for our neighbors. Your love knows no partiality. We pray for our community and for our neighbors. You are the Lord of all you have made. We pray for the world, that your reign may come and your will be done on earth. Amen. -Adapted from Take Our Moments and Our Days: An Anabaptist Prayer book
Posted by God's Politics Editor 48 weeks 6 days ago
"May nothing wind you up, nothing affright you; everything comes and goes.  God, still, just there; through patience all will be achieved. If you have God, you lack nothing: God alone will do." - Teresa of Avila + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 48 weeks 6 days ago
He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?’ - Mark 4:39-40 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 48 weeks 6 days ago
Creator of the Universe preserve us from our own presumption. Do not let us close ourselves into ourselves, but open us continually into you. Let us be more in love with You than with our notions of You. Let us stop claiming to know everything so that we may understand something. Amen.-Rabia Terri Harris
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 2 days ago
Bonus Link! WATCH: God's Justice Never Shuts Down: Jim Wallis on #FaithfulFilibuster1. Better When. Jamie the Very Worst Missionary offers a helpful reminder for our daily lives: "Every time I tell myself 'It will be better when,' I'm giving myself permission not to believe that Now can be good."2. 12 Things Congress Can't Shut Down While Congress does a whole lot of nothing, here's a look at the movement that can't be stopped. 3. Get Ready for Record Temperatures — For the Rest of Your Life Cue ominous music. According to this The Atlantic Cities report, some cities will be warmer every year than their hottest year on record beginning in 2043.4. WATCH: Jon Stewart to Malala Yousafzai: 'Can I Adopt You? Happy International Day of the Girl! Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani advocate for women’s rights and access to education, rendered America's jester Jon Stewart tongue tied when he hosted her this week on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Watch the clip here.5. Government Shutdown May Drive More Young Christians from GOP In his Religion News Service blog, Jonathan Merritt, author of A Faith of Our Own: Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars, points out that young Christians try to resist partisan battles and attempt to rise above the fray — attributes current GOP leaders aren't offering. 6. So, Monday is Columbus Day And The Oatmeal nails it with a slight correction to "history." "The point I'm trying to drive home is this: Christopher Columbus was awful …"7. The Trouble With Bright Girls Why do young girls with the same equal or better ability as young boys give up more quickly on difficult concepts? Psychology Today posits the answer may lie in the feedback they receive from parents and teachers at a young age.8. The Crime of Poverty: Some Homeless People Face Arrest for Asking for Help The number of anti-panhandling and anti-solicitation laws has increased 7 percent. Cities across the country are making it illegal to ask for help. What does that say about our society? Check out this piece from Take Part.9. The Great American Water Crisis From Sojourners magazine, "cities and towns across the country are in the midst of an epic fight to keep water as a public trust." Find out more about the battle.10. Drunk Dial Congress (Must be 21 or older to read on.) Fed up with this mess we're in? Someone has made it really easy to "call and yell at a random member of Congress," complete with talking points and drink recipes. 
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 2 days ago
Jim Wallis talks about the #FaithfulFilibuster outside the Capitol Building and offers a reading of his conversion text, Matthew 25.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 2 days ago
 "No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown." - William Penn William Penn + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 2 days ago
When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, ‘Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.’ And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. - John 8:7-9 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 2 days ago
Heavenly God, grant us the faith to turn to you in prayer, and to seek your presence in our lives. May a sense of your presence be a firm foundation for all that we do, say, or carry out, especially in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 3 days ago
"Our communities bear witness to the wounding effects of racism, prejudice, intolerance, evil, and injustice of all sorts. We are called to see with God's eyes and be awakened to the reality of the world around us. We are also called to be God's presence in this world, to be a part of the answer to its problems. We are not to be silent but are called, in some way, to take a stand." - Debbie H. Deane Debbie H. Deane, from "Women at the Well" + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 3 days ago
To you, O Lord, I call; my rock, do not refuse to hear me, for if you are silent to me, I shall be like those who go down to the Pit. Hear the voice of my supplication, as I cry to you for help, as I lift up my hands towards your most holy sanctuary. - Psalm 28:1-2 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 3 days ago
God of the Ages, Christ, the Alpha and the Omega of history, Holy Spirit, You who fill and connect all things. We know that in You a thousand years are a single day, and a single day is a thousand years. Your today does not give way to tomorrow, your now does not follow yesterday, You Live in the eternal present, where all things are one, and forgiven, and surrounded by mercy. Amen. - Richard Rohr
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 4 days ago
"We are called to seek justice, not to burn out seeking it. I am not going to fix the world by myself. I have to realize the fact that sometimes I try to do too much and end up doing nothing. ... My soul will be restored every time my efforts toward environmental, social, or economic justice are put into action, one step at a time. This restoration is also my rest. We must work to sustain the rhythm God has built into life. God worked and rested. We must do the same. Jesus taught and healed, then retreated. We can follow his example." - Diana Rodriguez Diana Rodriguez, from "Women at the Well" + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 4 days ago
Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters. Has not God chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom that [God] has promised to those who love [God]? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you? Is it not they who drag you into court? Is it not they who blaspheme the excellent name that was invoked over you? - James 2:5-7 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 4 days ago
Creator God, enflame our hearts to recognize the work of your hands in the natural world, as well as in the faces of the people who rely on your grace the most: the poor, the sick, the weak. Help us to remain humble as we do your work in the world. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 5 days ago
While there is a lower class I am in it, while there is a criminal element I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free. - Eugene Debs  Eugene Debs + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 5 days ago
‘And you saw the distress of our ancestors in Egypt and heard their cry at the Red Sea.' - Nehemiah 9:9 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 5 days ago
Where the mind is without fear and the head is heal high; where knowledge is free. Where words come out from the depth of truth; where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way in to the dreary desert sand of dead habit. Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action--into that heaven of freedom, my God, let my country awake. Amen. -Rabindranath Tagore
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 6 days ago
The mother's service is nearest, readiest, and surest. It is nearest because it is more natural; readiest because it is most loving; and surest because it is truest. No one ever might or could perfrom this office fully, except only Jesus. We know that all our mothers bear us for pain and for death. Oh, what is that? But our true Mother Jesus, he alone bears us for joy and for endless life. So he carries us with him in love and travail. - Julian of Norwich + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 6 days ago
He also said, ‘With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.’  - Mark 4:30-32 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 49 weeks 6 days ago
Lord, hear our prayer. May our mission to share the good news of Jesus Christ with the world help to plant the seeds of faith in the hearts of those who hear the Word. We are thankful for your transforming grace. May we entrust our lives to you as we accept in faith your invitation to the fullness of life. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 50 weeks 2 days ago
1. An Orientation For Single Sexuality: The 'Do's' of Purity Here's a thoughtful piece from The Mennonite: "As singles become a larger proportion of the total population, our society needs a church that models what holiness looks like in relationships—for teens in love, single thirtysomethings, and people who are married."2. WATCH: How Social Networks Explain Violence in Chicago "What if you could predict your chances of being shot from your social network: who you know and how you know them? Turns out, maybe you can." Check out this video from illustrating the relationships inherent in violence.3. WATCH: Jimmy Kimmel: Do You Prefer Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act? People have such strong opinions about Obamacare … but not so much about the Affordable Care Act. 4. 'This Doesn't Go Away' Appropriate for this time in our nation — an excerpt from Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church's Mission. Read the excerpt at Sojourners magazine.5. Is the 'Communion Burger' in Poor Taste? Do you agree with the Chicago restaurateur, that God "has a sense of humor"? Or is the burger sacrilegious? Read the CNN Belief Blog story for more. 6. Sinead O'Conner Pens Open Letter to Miley Cyrus After the former Hannah Montana star referenced the Irish songstress as inspiration for her latest video, O'Conner responds. Poignant or inappropriate? Read it for yourself: "Nothing but harm will come in the long run, from allowing yourself to be exploited, and it is absolutely NOT in ANY way an empowerment of yourself or any other young women, for you to send across the message that you are to be valued (even by you) more for your sexual appeal than your obvious talent."7. Proof the Voting Rights Act Has Helped Boost Black Political RepresentationNow that the Voting Rights Act is effectively gutted, a new study shows that it did, in fact, work and was continuing to — based on national city council numbers from the years 1981-2006. 8. What It Takes: Does Wendy Davis Have a Chance in Texas? Texas Monthly examines Wendy Davis' chances against Republican Greg Abbott in what may be one of the most "optically fascinating" gubernatorial races next year. Filibuster extraordinnaire to some and "Abortion Barbie" to others, the Texas Democrat stepped onto the national scene this year after talking for nearly 11 hours to stop a Texas legislature vote. 9. What if Mahatma Gandhi Had An Instagram Account? In honor of his 144th birthday, Buzzfeed has the #nofilter and #superfluouslyhashtagged photo collection. 10. In Memoriam: Tom Clancy "Very few writers can lay claim to creating a genre but the techno-thriller — that all falls at the feet of Tom Clancy. He was so ahead of the curve." Read more from The Baltimore Sun.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 50 weeks 3 days ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 50 weeks 3 days ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 50 weeks 3 days ago
God, to know Jesus' name and yet commandeer its power for our pride is a great offense. We ask forgiveness for the ways we have failed to live up to the name Christian. Strengthen us by your Spirit to bear the name of Christ in the self-giving way your Son demonstrated. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 50 weeks 4 days ago
"Revenge is not justice. Revenge is biting and devouring and life-consuming and self-indulgent. Instead of being seduced into supposedly getting back at that person, however temporarily satisfying that might feel, we are better off ... fervently seeking to be a part of God's redemption and healing." - Nancee Martin, Nancee Martin, from "Women at the Well" + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 50 weeks 4 days ago
O let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous, you who test the minds and hearts, O righteous God. God is my shield, who saves the upright in heart. God is a righteous judge, and a God who has indignation every day. - Psalm 7:9-11 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 50 weeks 4 days ago
Humbled before you we pray: For all in positions in power, may they carry out their work in the knowledge that their position is a gift from God, we pray. May God's grace transform power structures that generate oppression into signs of God's grace. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 50 weeks 5 days ago
Jim Wallis sat down to discuss the government shutdown. His conclusion? It's unbiblical.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 50 weeks 5 days ago
"I am more and more convinced that [humans are] dangerous creature[s]; and that power, whether vested in many or a few, is ever grasping, and like the grave, cries "Give, give!"" - Abigail Adams Abigail Adams + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 50 weeks 5 days ago
[The Lord] has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; [the Lord] has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. - Luke 1:52-53 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 50 weeks 5 days ago
Lord, make us more thankful for what we have received; make us more content with what we have; and make us more mindful of other people in need. - Based on a prayer by Simon H. Baynes
Posted by God's Politics Editor 50 weeks 6 days ago
[The person] that with all [their] heart, ceases from evil and learns to do well, to [them] the grace of the Lord is proclaimed throughout the whole scriptures - Menno Simons  -- Menno Simons + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 50 weeks 6 days ago
[God] raises up the poor from the dust; [God] lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and on them [God] has set the world. - 1 Samuel 2:8 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 50 weeks 6 days ago
Dear Lord, I expect to pass through this world but once; and any good thing, therefore, that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again. - Stephen Grellet
Posted by God's Politics Editor 51 weeks 2 days ago
Last night, Jim Wallis appeared on "The Ed Show" to discuss why it's imperative to avoid cutting social programs like food stamps that feed millions of poor and hungry in our country. Those pastors who disagree, he says, usually don't know the faces of those directly affected by such cuts. You can watch the segment Jim appeared on here: 
Posted by God's Politics Editor 51 weeks 2 days ago
"Jesus challenges us to love others as we would love ourselves. True love for God is not complete without true love and compassion for others." - Anissa Danielle Gibbs Anissa Danielle Gibbs, from "Women at the Well" + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 51 weeks 2 days ago
He answered, ‘Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.’ And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons. - Mark 1:38-39 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 51 weeks 2 days ago
Give us grace, O God, to dare to do the deed which we well know cries to be done. Let us not hesitate because of ease, or the words of [other's] mouths, or our own lives. Mighty causes are calling us--the freedom of women, the training of children, the putting down of hate and murder and poverty--all these and more. But they call with voices that mean work and sacrifice and death. Mercifully grant us, O God the spirit of esther, that we say: I will go unto the King and if I perish, I perish. Amen. -- W.E.B Du Bois
Posted by God's Politics Editor 51 weeks 2 days ago
1. The Geography of U.S. Hate, Mapped Using Twitter Can a map derived from hateful tweets tell us where homophobes and racists live in the U.S.? TIME highlights a Humboldt State University project that maps out how hate speech is used on Twitter. How does your county measure up?2. I'm Coming Out … As Pro-Vaccine Writer and mom J.J. Keith writes in the Huffington Post, breaking down the history of the anti-vaccine movement and says more parents should speak out about vaccinating their children, adding, "Vaccines are different from every other parenting issue in that the choices that parents make affect everyone else as well. Vaccines are everyone's business."3. WATCH: Give Peace a Dance Iranian-born Muslim comedian Maz Jobrani and Jewish comedian Elon Gold sit down in a video to talk about the situation in Iran, and advocate for a peaceful, diplomatic solution. Their plan: Give Peace a Dance. Just dance it out, y'all.4. INFOGRAPHIC: East Meets West: An Infographic Portrait by Yang Liu Visual artist Yang Liu was born in China but has lived in Germany since she was 14. Here, she illustrates beautifully her perception of difference between Eastern and Western cultures through things like the ideal of beauty, individual ego size, and complexity of self-expression. 5. Trader Joe's Ex-President To Turn Expired Food Into Cheap Meals As one-third of our food globally goes to waste, grocery chain former president Doug Rauch launches a new project called Daily Table, which takes cooks and prepares just-expired grocery food and sells it at fast-food prices. 6. The Geography of the Gender Pay Gap: Women's Earnings by State From Forbes: Nevada ranks the highest among states in terms of gender paycheck equality and Wyoming the lowest. Where does your state rank?7. Can You Really Tell the Difference Between Christians and Non-Christians?  Stephen Mattson posits there's only one thing that separates the two, and that's Christ: "The poor rationale that some Christians use is that nonbelievers are really 'hurting deep down' and simply appear happy in order to compensate for their feelings of hopelessness. But this is far from the truth, and constantly propagating the idea that Christians are — and should be — generally 'better' than everyone else reinforces many unhealthy habits."8. The Power of Teaching Girls to Code WIth the U.S. Department of Labor estimating that there will be 1.4 million computer jobs by 2020, one organization is making sure the number of women in those jobs increases from its dismal 1-in-7 current rate. 9. Can a Facebook Meme End Nuclear Standoff?  Meet the man behind the popular "Israel Loves Iran" founder. With 115,000 likes on Facebook, Ronny Edry hopes to be "a bridge in the Middle East between the people." Check out his Christian Science Monitor interview. 10.  Dear Parents With Young Children in Church Great message from mom and blogger Jamie Bruesehoff: "It matters that they learn that worship is what we do as a community of faith, that everyone is welcome, that their worship matters. When we teach children that their worship matters, we teach them that they are enough right here and right now as members of the church community."
Posted by God's Politics Editor 51 weeks 3 days ago
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” - Howard Thurman + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 51 weeks 3 days ago
We love because [God] first loved us. Those who say, ‘I love God’, and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from [God] is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.  - 1 John 4:19-21 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail