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Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 11 weeks 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 1 year 11 weeks 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 1 year 11 weeks 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 1 year 11 weeks 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 1 year 11 weeks ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 11 weeks ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 11 weeks 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 1 year 12 weeks 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 1 year 12 weeks 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 1 year 12 weeks 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 1 year 12 weeks ago
Jim Wallis sat down to discuss the government shutdown. His conclusion? It's unbiblical.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 12 weeks 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 1 year 12 weeks 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 1 year 12 weeks 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 1 year 12 weeks 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 1 year 12 weeks 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 1 year 12 weeks 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 1 year 12 weeks 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 1 year 12 weeks 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 1 year 12 weeks 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 1 year 12 weeks 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 1 year 12 weeks 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 1 year 12 weeks 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 1 year 12 weeks 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
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 12 weeks ago
God of justice, empower us by your Spirit to stand up for your goodness and truth, trusting in your sovereignty to prevail over persecution and oppression in our world today. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 13 weeks ago
"All of God's people who hear the call [of God] are commissioned by God to answer that call wherever it takes us. There are many places of injustice in our world that are waiting for the Good News of the gospel. It is not necessary to have anyone's permission for any of us to address these needs." - Mary L. Mild Mary L. Mild, from "Women at the Well" + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 13 weeks ago
"All of God's people who hear the call [of God] are commissioned by God to answer that call wherever it takes us. There are many places of injustice in our world that are waiting for the Good News of the gospel. It is not necessary to have anyone's permission for any of us to address these needs." - Mary L. Mild Mary L. Mild, from "Women at the Well" + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 13 weeks ago
As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, ‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” ’ - Mark 1:2-3 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 13 weeks ago
As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, ‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” ’ - Mark 1:2-3 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 13 weeks ago
Lord, your child Jesus taught his followers to trust in your grace above all. May we follow in the footsteps of the twelve in manifesting that trust to those around us, especially when we set out to love and serve one another in the name of your child, Jesus. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 13 weeks ago
Lord, your child Jesus taught his followers to trust in your grace above all. May we follow in the footsteps of the twelve in manifesting that trust to those around us, especially when we set out to love and serve one another in the name of your child, Jesus. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 13 weeks ago
"Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary." - 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 1 year 13 weeks ago
Hear this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land, saying, ‘When will the new moon be over so that we may sell grain; and the Sabbath, so that we may offer wheat for sale? We will make the ephah small and the shekel great, and practice deceit with false balances, buying the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, and selling the sweepings of the wheat.’ - Amos 8:4-6 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 13 weeks ago
Lord, hear our prayer. For all who are excluded, lonely, and marginalized, may we imitate Jesus Christ and make it our special mission to reach out ot those on the fringes. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 13 weeks ago
"I don't know exactly what a prayer is. I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass, ... which is what I have been doing all day. Tell me, what else should I have done? Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your own wild and precious life?" - Mary Oliver Mary Oliver, "The Summer Day" + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 13 weeks ago
When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax-collectors, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does he eat with tax-collectors and sinners?’ When Jesus heard this, he said to them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.’ - Mark 2:16-17 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 13 weeks ago
Lord, my thoughts turn in upon myself. Turn them upward to you and outward to your other children, that I may forget myself and lose all fear and anxiety, all self-seeking and self-consciousness, in worship of you and in love of others. O save me from myself to worship, love, and serve in perfect freedom. Amen. - Prayer by George Appleton
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 13 weeks ago
Yesterday, before Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to push through a plan to slash nearly $40 billion from the food stamp program, Jim Wallis said we would keep an eye on which way of our elected officials voted."We will be watching who votes against feeding the hungry this week and will remember to bring that to public attention when they run for re-election. We will be doing our own faith count today. Stay tuned for the results."Well here are the results. The plan passed narrowly, 217-210 — with all the yea votes coming from the Republican side. Fifteen Republicans joined with the Democrats against the plan. So, who voted for that $40 billion cut to the food stamps program, which would kick an estimated 4 million hungry people out of the program next year? Here's your list. Is your Congress member on it?
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 13 weeks ago
1. Shamed in Edina for Using Food Stamps Read this moving 'apology note' from one mom in Edina, Minn., an affluent Minneapolis suburb, to the woman behind her in line at the supermarket: "I did not observe you, but my daughter was with me packing the groceries and saw it all: 'EBT: Yeah, right,' you muttered, with that look of disgust that would have shattered someone feeling just a little bit of shame over needing food stamps."2. WATCH: The Most Beautiful, Haunting Infomercial You'll Ever See If you haven't caught the latest, "advertisement disguised as an anti-commercial animated short," check it out. With Fiona Apple on vocals covering "Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka, the Chipotle ad / commentary against factory farming has drawn 4 million views on YouTube already.3. From the Mouths of Rapists: The Lyrics of Robin Thicke's 'Song of the Summer' Blurred Lines Warning: This post contains graphic descriptions of sexual assault.  Featuring images from Project Unbreakable — an online photo essay that features images of sexual assault survivors holding signs with sentences their rapists told them — The Society Pages breaks down popular, yet somewhat lyrically disturbing, song "Blurred Lines." 4. Pope Says Church is 'Obsessed' With Gays Abortion, and Birth Control Laurie Goodstein at the New York Times has the excerpts from Pope Francis' lengthy interview: “We have to find a new balance,” the pope continued, “otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.”5. How Stop-and-Frisk is Creating a Generation of Young People Who Don't Trust the Police In interviews with New Yorkers age 18-25, only 40 percent said they would feel comfortable calling the police if they needed help and only 25 percent would report someone for committing a crime, The Atlantic Cities reports. 6. INFOGRAPHIC: 16 Mass Shootings Since Newtown You Haven't Heard About The definition of "mass shooting" is a shooting event in which four or more people other than the shooter are killed. Huffington Post collected information on 16 such incidents that have occurred across the country since December's horrific Newtwon, Conn., massacre. 7. The Language of Lament Diana at A Deeper Story reads all of our minds as we grieve another difficult week for our country. "It is lament that carries us directly into the presence of God when we are feeling furthest away; it is lament that addresses our unanswerable questions honestly, even profoundly; it is lament that opens the door to worship."8. Talking Sex With a Married Catholic Priest With Pope Francis' inclusive language and prioritization of love above divisiveness, many have speculated about possible changes to the Catholic Church's stance on priestly celibacy. Christian Piatt sat down with a married Catholic priest (who joined the priesthood from the Anglican clergy) to discuss the pope, celibacy, and more. 9. The Dramatic Rise of Life Without Parole, in 3 Charts From The Atlantic Cities: "Nationally, almost half (47.2 percent) of life-sentenced inmates are African American, though the black population of lifers reaches much higher in states such as Maryland (77.4 percent), Georgia (72.0 percent), and Mississippi (71.5 percent)."10. WATCH: Rick Warren on Guns, God, and Son's Tragic Death Shining a light both on mental illness and gun sales in the U.S., Rick Warren and his wife Kay sat down with CNN's Pierce Morgan to talk about their son, who took his own life in April. "“One of the hard things was forgiving the person who sold him the gun,” Rick Warren said. “Because I didn't want to forgive him.”
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 13 weeks ago
"Just as a mother would not love a child better for its being turned into a model of perfection... but does love it the more deeply every time it tries to be good, so do I hope and believe our great [God] does not wait for us to be good and wise to love us, but loves us, and loves to help us in the very thick of our struggle." - Juliana Horatia Ewing + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 13 weeks ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 13 weeks ago
And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb: ‘Great and amazing are your deeds, Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, King of the nations! Lord, who will not fear and glorify your name? For you alone are holy.  All nations will come and worship before you, for your judgements have been revealed.’ - Revelation 15:3-4 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 13 weeks ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 13 weeks ago
Look down, God of mercies, at those unhappy families suffering from war and slaughter, from hunger and illness and other severe troubles. Spare them, O Lord, for it is truly a time of mercy. Amen. -- Saint Peter Canisius
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 13 weeks ago
Look down, God of mercies, at those unhappy families suffering from war and slaughter, from hunger and illness and other severe troubles. Spare them, O Lord, for it is truly a time of mercy. Amen. -- Saint Peter Canisius
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 14 weeks ago
Today our prime educational objective must be to form [people]-for-others; [people] who will live not for themselves but for God and [God's] Christ — for the God-man who lived and died for all the world; [people] who cannot even conceive of love of God which does not include love for the least of their neighbors; [people] completely convinced that love of God which does not issue in justice for [people] is a farce. - Pedro Arrupe + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 14 weeks ago
Do not plan harm against your neighbor who lives trustingly beside you. Do not quarrel with anyone without cause, when no harm has been done to you. Do not envy the violent and do not choose any of their ways; - Proverbs 3:29-31 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 14 weeks ago
Source and goal of community, whose will it is that all your people enjoy fullness of life: may we be builders of community, caring for your good earth here and world-wide and as partners with the poor, signs of your ever friendly love; that we may delight in diversity and choose solidarity for you are in community with us our God forever. Amen. -Unknown
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 14 weeks ago
"We do not, after all, simply have experience; we are entrusted with it. We must do something--make something--with it. A story, we sense is the only possible habitation for the burden of our witnessing." - Patricia Hampl  Patricia Hampl, I Could Tell You Stories + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 14 weeks ago
Beloved, do not imitate what is evil but imitate what is good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God. - 3 John 1:11 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail