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Posted by the Web Editors 42 weeks 1 hour 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 the Web Editors 42 weeks 1 hour 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 the Web Editors 42 weeks 1 hour 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 the Web Editors 42 weeks 1 day 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 the Web Editors 42 weeks 1 day 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 the Web Editors 42 weeks 1 day 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 the Web Editors 42 weeks 2 days 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 the Web Editors 42 weeks 2 days 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 the Web Editors 42 weeks 2 days ago
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. [The Lord] makes me lie down in green pastures; [the Lord] leads me beside still waters; [the Lord] restores my soul. [The Lord] leads me in right paths for [the Lord's] name's sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff-- they comfort me. - Psalm 23:1-4 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by the Web Editors 42 weeks 2 days ago
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. [The Lord] makes me lie down in green pastures; [the Lord] leads me beside still waters; [the Lord] restores my soul. [The Lord] leads me in right paths for [the Lord's] name's sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff-- they comfort me. - Psalm 23:1-4 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by the Web Editors 42 weeks 2 days ago
God of wholeness, we pray that we may joyfully show, live, preach, and embody Christ for the world, through our callings. Grant us the grace to participate in sharing your continued presence with the world through the witness of our Christian lives. Amen.
Posted by the Web Editors 42 weeks 2 days ago
God of wholeness, we pray that we may joyfully show, live, preach, and embody Christ for the world, through our callings. Grant us the grace to participate in sharing your continued presence with the world through the witness of our Christian lives. Amen.
Posted by the Web Editors 42 weeks 3 days ago
"In the Spirit which draws us into honest engagement with one another, including those who may be very different from us in various ways, God calls us to wake up and learn how to love and respect one another, period." - I. Carter Heyward Reverend I. Carter Heyward + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by the Web Editors 42 weeks 3 days ago
This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. - John 15:12-15 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
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Posted by the Web Editors 42 weeks 6 days ago
The trouble is that not enough people have come together with the firm determination to live the things which they say they believe. - Eleanor Roosevelt Eleanor Roosevelt + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by the Web Editors 42 weeks 6 days ago
O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into [God's] presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to [God] with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. - Psalm 95:1-3 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by the Web Editors 42 weeks 6 days ago
God of justice, grant us the wisdom and the courage to speak up for the truth and to do good, trusting inyour Son to show the way. May we continue to honor the memory of martyrs of the faith, keeping in mind that many of them continue to live and die for faith this day. We pray for courage to speak up for injustice, trusting in God's goodness and truth to prevail. Amen.
Posted by the Web Editors 42 weeks 6 days ago
1. Afghanistan: Seen Through the Lens of Anja Niedringhaus AP photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus, 48, was shot and killed today in eastern Afghanistan when an Afghan police officer opened fire. AP correspondent Kathy Gannon was also injured. Last year, The Atlantic published this beautiful gallery of photos from Niedringhaus, telling the country's tragic story through her lens. 2. 'Nobody Deserves to Be Raped' Campaign Responds to Shocking Brazilian Survey "According to a survey released late last week, 65.1 percent of Brazilians think that if a woman is 'dressed provocatively,' she deserves to be 'attacked and raped.'" Here's how social media responded. 3. Borderland "You have no idea what people will do to reach the United States — until you hear their stories." After spending two weeks driving along the U.S.-Mexico border, NPRtells those stories in this beautiful interactive series.  4. Ten Thousand Kids in 2 Days World Vision President Richard Stearns chatted with a few bloggers about the events of last week. "Ten thousand kids — … that was the two-day cost of their decision, a decision to hire married gay folk, a decision that was decided on last fall and leaked to Christianity Today last week. That was the cost." 5. WATCH: Slow Life Need a reminder of the beauty of creation? Take a three-and-a-half-minute break to check out this gorgeous film of marine life under high magnification. It will brighten your day. 6. Mets Player Daniel Murphy Defends Decision to Take Paternity Leave. Yes, It's 2014 "New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy was ripped this week for, of all things, leaving his team to be with his wife as she gave birth to their first child." His response, here. 7. Why I Am Troubled By 'God's Not Dead' "Specifically, I am troubled by the racial stereotypes that underwrite characters, such as the Muslim father who is controlling and violent, the white pastor who counsels people in their moments of crisis, the cheery African missionary with simple faith, and the godless Chinese exchange student who is good at science and math. I am troubled by the gendered stereotypes that elevate men to positions of authority and relegate women to positions of weakness." 8. How Access to Cars Could Help the Poor "Housing voucher recipients with cars tended to live and remain in higher-opportunity neighborhoods — places with lower poverty rates, higher social status, stronger housing markets, and lower health risks. Cars are also associated with improved neighborhood satisfaction and better employment outcomes. … those with cars were twice as likely to find a job and four times as likely to remain employed." 9. Coffee Shop Christianity This one's for you, croissant-drunk sermonizers, you small group organizers, you slow-drip sippers blogging that $1.25 away for hours. How about some coffee shop ethics? 10. At Border Mass, Bishops Call for Compassion, Immigration Reform "We come to the desert today because it is the road to Jericho," said [Boston Cardinal Sean] O'Malley in his homily. "It is traveled by many trying to reach the metropolis of Jerusalem. We come here today to be a neighbor and to find a neighbor in each of the suffering people who risk their lives and at times lose their lives in the desert."
Posted by the Web Editors 42 weeks 6 days ago
1. Afghanistan: Seen Through the Lens of Anja Niedringhaus AP photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus, 48, was shot and killed today in eastern Afghanistan when an Afghan police officer opened fire. AP correspondent Kathy Gannon was also injured. Last year, The Atlantic published this beautiful gallery of photos from Niedringhaus, telling the country's tragic story through her lens. 2. 'Nobody Deserves to Be Raped' Campaign Responds to Shocking Brazilian Survey "According to a survey released late last week, 65.1 percent of Brazilians think that if a woman is 'dressed provocatively,' she deserves to be 'attacked and raped.'" Here's how social media responded. 3. Borderland "You have no idea what people will do to reach the United States — until you hear their stories." After spending two weeks driving along the U.S.-Mexico border, NPRtells those stories in this beautiful interactive series.  4. Ten Thousand Kids in 2 Days World Vision President Richard Stearns chatted with a few bloggers about the events of last week. "Ten thousand kids — … that was the two-day cost of their decision, a decision to hire married gay folk, a decision that was decided on last fall and leaked to Christianity Today last week. That was the cost." 5. WATCH: Slow Life Need a reminder of the beauty of creation? Take a three-and-a-half-minute break to check out this gorgeous film of marine life under high magnification. It will brighten your day. 6. Mets Player Daniel Murphy Defends Decision to Take Paternity Leave. Yes, It's 2014 "New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy was ripped this week for, of all things, leaving his team to be with his wife as she gave birth to their first child." His response, here. 7. Why I Am Troubled By 'God's Not Dead' "Specifically, I am troubled by the racial stereotypes that underwrite characters, such as the Muslim father who is controlling and violent, the white pastor who counsels people in their moments of crisis, the cheery African missionary with simple faith, and the godless Chinese exchange student who is good at science and math. I am troubled by the gendered stereotypes that elevate men to positions of authority and relegate women to positions of weakness." 8. How Access to Cars Could Help the Poor "Housing voucher recipients with cars tended to live and remain in higher-opportunity neighborhoods — places with lower poverty rates, higher social status, stronger housing markets, and lower health risks. Cars are also associated with improved neighborhood satisfaction and better employment outcomes. … those with cars were twice as likely to find a job and four times as likely to remain employed." 9. Coffee Shop Christianity This one's for you, croissant-drunk sermonizers, you small group organizers, you slow-drip sippers blogging that $1.25 away for hours. How about some coffee shop ethics? 10. At Border Mass, Bishops Call for Compassion, Immigration Reform "We come to the desert today because it is the road to Jericho," said [Boston Cardinal Sean] O'Malley in his homily. "It is traveled by many trying to reach the metropolis of Jerusalem. We come here today to be a neighbor and to find a neighbor in each of the suffering people who risk their lives and at times lose their lives in the desert."
Posted by the Web Editors 43 weeks 1 hour ago
Both class and race survive education, and neither should. What is education then? If it doesn't help a human being to recognize that humanity is humanity, what is it for? So you can make a bigger salary than other people? - Beah Richards Beah Richards + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by the Web Editors 43 weeks 1 hour ago
But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship [God] must worship in spirit and truth." - John 4:23-24 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by the Web Editors 43 weeks 1 hour ago
Dear God, grant us the trust and courage to say our definite "yes" to you, and to find rest in the promise of your eternal love. May the Holy Spirit help us remain steadfast in faith, to share the good news with all. Amen.
Posted by the Web Editors 43 weeks 1 day ago
Posted by the Web Editors 43 weeks 1 day ago
Posted by the Web Editors 43 weeks 1 day ago
God of all faithfulness, your Son Jesus Christ reminds us that your invitation to a loving and eternal relationship is the most important truth of our faith. May all that we say and do in your Son's name reflect this essential truth. Amen.
Posted by the Web Editors 43 weeks 2 days ago
"With the people, for the people, by the people, I crack up when I hear it; I say, with the handful, for the handful, by the handful, 'cause that's what really happens." - Fannie Lou Hamer Fannie Lou Hamer + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by the Web Editors 43 weeks 2 days ago
When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, "Surely the Lord's anointed is now before the Lord." But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart." - 1 Samuel 16:6-7 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by the Web Editors 43 weeks 2 days ago
God of love, may all that we do in Jesus's name guide people toward the kingdom of heaven and never away from it. We prayer for the Spirit of truth, kindness, gentleness, and wisdom to guide us as we face resistance and challenges. May God's Spirit help us to recognize God's loving invitation to fullness of life. Amen.
Posted by the Web Editors 43 weeks 3 days ago
"Good words will not give my people good health and stop them from dying. Good words will not get my people a home where they can live in peace and take care of themselves. I am tired of talk that comes to nothing. It makes my heart sick when I remember all the good words and broken promises." - Chief Joseph Chief Joseph, Nez Percé chief + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by the Web Editors 43 weeks 3 days ago
So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. - Matthew 5:23-25 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by the Web Editors 43 weeks 3 days ago
God of care and compassion, let humility be our guide in assuming our positions of service and leadership. May we be instruments of justice to uphold the rights of others. As your Son humbled himself out of love to bring us closer to you, may we strive to follow his example of servant leadership. Amen.
Posted by the Web Editors 43 weeks 6 days ago
"Too often are poor and oppressed people (especially people of color) regarded as threats here in America, while poor and oppressed people in other countries are viewed as victims. This type of perspective is dehumanizing to people here and to people abroad. To overlook the problems here and to focus on issues elsewhere sends the message that poor and oppressed American's problems are either insignificant, unimportant, or non urgent and at the same time it leads to the objectification of the "exotic other." - Ryan Herring Ryan Herring + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by the Web Editors 43 weeks 6 days ago
The angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God." - Luke 1:35-37 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by the Web Editors 43 weeks 6 days 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 in Jesus Christ remain our ultimate value. Amen.
Posted by the Web Editors 43 weeks 6 days ago
 1. The 5 Photos You Need to See of President Obama's Meeting With Pope Francis Laughing, joking, exchanging gifts. Check out these photos of President Obama's Thursday meeting with the pontiff. 2. Alarm raised over violence in Sudan's Darfur The United Nations and the African Union have sounded an alarm over worsening violence in Sudan's western Darfur region, which is forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes and hampering the distribution of aid. 3. Again, Don't Stop Sponsoring Kids And while the responses to the controversy were many and varied, one thread rang throughout: regardless of the organization's policy, change of policy, reversal of change — don't stop sponsoring the kids World Vision serves.  4. What I Saw When I Gave Up Mirrors for Lent "As Christians, we subscribe to the belief that we all bear the image of God. Our best faces are already put forward—not because of Botox or Clinique but because of a divine Creator. As parents, we have the responsibility to model what it means to be secure in our identities, not only spiritually but physically as well." 5. WATCH: Everything You Hate About Advertising in One Fake Video That's Almost Too Real McSweeny's "This Is A Generic Brand Video" script comes to "life" in this hilarious of actual stock footage. "Lest you think we’re a faceless entity, Look at all these attractive people. Here’s some of them talking and laughing And close-ups of hands passing canned goods to each other. In a setting that evokes community service." 6. Lawmakers Call for Full Accountability From BP on Lake Michigan Oil Spill The spill, while likely cleaned up soon, is of concern to many given plans to begin shipping tar sands across the Great Lakes by barge.  7. 'Noah:' Deeply, Passionately Biblical Since trailers started trickling out, people have criticized filmmaker Darren Aronofsky for taking the story of Noah to Hollywood. But, as Cathleen Falsani points out after interviewing the producer and writer and seeing the film, "They breathed new life into an ancient story, putting flesh and blood and a racing heartbeat into one of the Bible’s most emotionally complex and spiritually confounding stories." 8. Leaving the World a Little Better Not the type to fast or give something up for Lent? Maybe it's not part of your faith tradition. But if you're still looking for a way to observe the holy season, read this blogger's take. "Every relationship is an opportunity to leave others better than we found them." 9. Will Women Ever Feel Completely Safe on Mass Transit?  "As cities try to figure out how to boost transit ridership, and unpredictable gas prices force people to reconsider their commute, the threat of harassment and assault has been granted surprisingly little airtime. But short of solving the widespread societal problems of harassment and sexism — a tall order for even the most committed activist — there are piecemeal solutions cities can undertake to convey to women that they care about their safety on public transportation." 10. Supreme Court Divided as it Hears Argument on Contraceptive Coverage The Washington Post offers a helpful breakdown of the two cases before the Supreme Court on the matter of the contraceptive coverage mandate. 
Posted by the Web Editors 44 weeks 1 hour ago
"If you are trying to transform a brutalized society into one where people can live in dignity and hope, you begin with the empowering of the most powerless." - Adrienne Rich Adrienne Rich + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by the Web Editors 44 weeks 1 hour ago
Then Isaiah said: "Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel." - Isaiah 7:13-14 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by the Web Editors 44 weeks 1 hour ago
God of salvation, you entered into the mess of our world. We pray that you uplift us weary mortals when we try to control our own lives. Help us see your signs and find hope in the ways you work in our lives. Amen.
Posted by the Web Editors 44 weeks 1 day ago
"A fast is not a hunger strike. Fasting submits to God's commands. A hunger strike makes God submit to our demands."  - Edwin Louis Cole Edwin Louis Cole + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by the Web Editors 44 weeks 1 day ago
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread." But he answered, "It is written, 'One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" - Matthew 4:1-4 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by the Web Editors 44 weeks 1 day ago
God of comfort, send your Spirit of wisdom to open our eyes to see the value in the gifts that strengthen and nourish us to live a Christian life of service. May the Holy Spirit inspire us to perform acts of care and kindness to ease and comfort those around us. May our hearts also be open to recieve that same care and kindness in return. Amen.
Posted by the Web Editors 44 weeks 2 days ago
"'We the people;' it is a very eloquent beginning. But when the Constitution of the United States was completed on the seventeenth of September, 1787, I was not included in the 'We the people.' I felt for many years that somehow George Washington and Alexander Hamilton just left me out by mistake." - Barbara Jordan Barbara Jordan + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by the Web Editors 44 weeks 2 days ago
Hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. - Romans 5:5-6 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by the Web Editors 44 weeks 2 days ago
Lord, keep us from making excuses for the sake of disobedience and spiritual death. Help us remember that all of humanity is invited to feast at your table, especially those we would name as enemies. Amen. - Adapted from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
Posted by the Web Editors 44 weeks 3 days ago
"This country can have no more democracy than it accords and guarantees to the humblest and weakest citizen." - James Weldon Johnson James Weldon Johnson + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by the Web Editors 44 weeks 3 days ago
Many are the torments of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord. Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart. - Psalm 32:10-11 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by the Web Editors 44 weeks 3 days ago
Glorious God, grant us the fervor in faith to recognize your glory in our midst and to praise you wholeheartedly for all the ways you reveal yourself to us. Preserve us from bringing harm to human life as created by you in the divine image. Amen.
Posted by the Web Editors 44 weeks 6 days ago
"The church must never become a government factory, carrying on a nationalized industry of religion with the people as the bolts and nuts; with God reduced to the role of cramped advocate of current national policy. Surely the pages of history are replete and the examples in many a foreign country convincing that this kind of church-state union — whatever the original motives, or however noble the original purposes — winds up with a state that is less than stable and a church that is less than sanctified, and with the poor still hungry." - Glenn Archer Glenn Archer + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by the Web Editors 44 weeks 6 days ago
Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life." - John 4:13-14 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail