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Posted by God's Politics Editor 39 weeks 1 hour ago
The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit. A fool despises a parent’s instruction, but the one who heeds admonition is prudent. - Proverbs 15:3-5 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 39 weeks 1 hour ago
Almighty God, the miracle of your life-giving Spirit surrounds us. Forgive us the ways we overlook your presence, and grant us eyes of faith to see you accompany us each day. We turn daily to you. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 39 weeks 1 hour ago
1. From Modesty to Maxim Are Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry the unintended consequence of evangelicalism's modesty mandate? 2. The Problem with Little White Girls (and Boys): Why I Stopped Being a Voluntourist "I don’t want a little girl in Ghana, or Sri Lanka, or Indonesia to think of me when she wakes up each morning. … I want her to think about her teacher, community leader, or mother. I want her to have a hero who she can relate to — who looks like her, is part of her culture, speaks her language, and who she might bump into on the way to school one morning." 3. WATCH: What's Going On in Venezuela in a Nutshell (Warning: Some graphic images) This 7-minute film, produced and posted on YouTube by 21-year-old Andreina Nash, paints a picture of the violence going on amid student protests in Venezuela. 4. An Evangelical's Plea with the GOP on Immigration Reform: Put People Before Politics "It has become abundantly clear that immigration reform is the moral test of our politics." 5. The Dalai Lama Talks Pot, Facebook, and the Pope Elizabeth Dias of TIME sits down with the Dalai Lama, who says "Ecology" is the issue the U.S. should be paying more attention to. 6.How Not to Raise a Daughter "This week I caught myself doing something that has the potential to harm my daughter more than being drenched in pink and purple for the next 18 years ever could." 7. Feminism, Depravity, and Power in House of Cards Is Claire Underwood a feminist icon as many articles have asserted? Another take: "America is in deep trouble if the prevailing reaction to a ruthless, self-serving, power-hungry sociopath is to assess her political effectiveness." 8. What the Most Violent Nations in the World Have in Common "It's important to remember that correlation does not equal causation, but, overall, it is certainly intriguing to note that inequality, rather than poverty, appears to be associated with higher levels of violence — and that pride and machismo appear to be significant factors as well." 9. 3 Reasons the Abortion Rate Is at it's Lowest Since Roe v. Wade Activists at both ends of the political spectrum are using the news to promote their own narratives, but Jonathan Merritt writes in his Religion News Service blog about what is behind the statistics and offers good news for the future: "Pro-life Americans have reason to celebrate, and it seems the party is just getting started." 10. 'Nones' and the Common Good Eboo Patel poses interesting questions: "Right now, one out of every five checks “none of the above” on U.S. surveys of religious identity. … And so the question remains: What will happen to U.S. civil society as the pews empty out? Who will support all those schools, hospitals, and social service agencies? Who will build new ones?"
Posted by God's Politics Editor, Robert Wilson-Black 39 weeks 1 day ago
Listen as Jim Wallis talks to Sojourners CEO Rob Wilson-Black about giving the send-off speech on values at the World Economic Forum, where the pair brushed shoulders with some of the most prominent business minds. Here's a brief look at what Jim was trying to do with his talk:"The pope reminded us about the excluded. This gathering is the most included gathering in the world. You are the most included people in the global economy. How will the most included reach out to the most excluded and bring them in to the global economy? That's what I want [World Economic Forum attendees] to ask themselves." 
Posted by God's Politics Editor 39 weeks 1 day ago
"We need to clear out space to make way for the kingdom roots of God’s shalom that Jesus, our common Lord, lived and died violently for. His blood seeped into the ground to create a new way of being that’s marked by unity, sacrificially loving one another, and eagerly empowering every single image-bearer — regardless of the color of their skin." - Osheta Moore Osheta Moore + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 39 weeks 1 day ago
When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. - 1 Corinthians 2:1-3 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 39 weeks 1 day ago
Rise up, O children of Light, and let us give glory to the Lord who alone can save our souls. O Lord, as you withdraw sleep from the eyes of our body, grant us wakefulness of mind so that we may stand before you in awe and sing your praises worthily. - Syrian Orthodox Prayer
Posted by God's Politics Editor 39 weeks 2 days ago
In order for us as poor and oppressed people to become a part of a society that is meaningful, the system under which we now exist has to be radically changed. This means that we are going to have to learn to think in radical terms. I use the term radical in its original meaning—getting down to and understanding the root cause. It means facing a system that does not lend itself to your needs and devising means by which you change that system. - Ella Baker Ella Baker + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 39 weeks 2 days ago
For the righteous will never be moved; they will be remembered forever. They are not afraid of evil tidings; their hearts are firm, secure in the Lord. Their hearts are steady, they will not be afraid; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes. They have distributed freely, they have given to the poor; their righteousness endures forever; their horn is exalted in honor. - Psalm 112:6-9 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 39 weeks 2 days ago
Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which is to look out Christ's compassion to the world. Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good. Yours are the hands with which he is to bless people now. Amen. - Teresa of Avila
Posted by God's Politics Editor 39 weeks 3 days ago
"As we remember, let us not do so in despair, but instead let’s commit to digging deeper in our organizing, resistance, and struggle against white supremacy and anti-blackness. I am more convinced than ever in the Way of the Lamb whose victory will have the last word." - Drew Hart Drew Hart + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 39 weeks 3 days ago
All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. - Hebrews 11:13-14 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 39 weeks 3 days ago
God of justice, strengthen our willing hearts to serve others. As we face the inequity around us, thank you for your sustaining love. May your love for us and our love for you be evidenced in our love for others. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 39 weeks 4 days ago
"Prejudice comes from being in the dark; sunlight disinfects it." - Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 39 weeks 4 days ago
Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday. The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. - Isaiah 58:9-11 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 39 weeks 4 days ago
We in the midst of out-of-control violence, we in great faith, we in deep vocational call, we in our several anxieties. We — alongside you — in the trembling. This day we pray for freedom to move beyond fear to caring, beyond self to neighbor, beyond protection to growth. That we may be a sign of the steadfastness, that anxiety may not win the day. You are the one who said, “Do not be anxious.” And now we submit to you. Amen. - Adapted from "God's Gift in the Midst of Violence" by Walter Brueggemann
Posted by God's Politics Editor 40 weeks 1 hour ago
Each time you love, love as deeply as if it were forever.  - Audre Lorde Audre Lorde + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 40 weeks 1 hour ago
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. - 1 John 4:7-8 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 40 weeks 1 hour ago
Sustaining God of creation, redeem us in your overflowing love. On this day especially, we recognize that your love is the only love that we need. May we know that your love is a love truer than any love we have ever known. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 40 weeks 1 hour ago
This Valentine's Day, we're highlighting stories about women or written by women. Did you know Sojourners has its own section dedicated to issues surrounding women and girls? Check it out HERE and follow @SojoWomen on Twitter.1. Getty Images Creates the 'Lean In' Collection of Stock Photos The Sojourners Web Team constantly sifts through stock photos to run along with blog posts. It's always a mind-numbing endeavor trying to find appropriate, non-condescending, or non-sexualized images of women. Enter Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In, and Getty Images to create this fantastic collection that lifts up both women in the workforce and men in the home. Check out the gallery at the link.2. Amy Poehler's Smart Girls #GalentinesDay 2014 Round Up Thanks to the brilliance of funny gal Amy Poehler and her show "Parks and Rec," Feb. 13 is now known as Galentine's Day: "ladies celebrating ladies." If you missed the festivities, head on over to this link for the full round up: Galentines Google Hangout, memes, Galentine's Day e-cards, and more.3. 8 Women. 8 Dreams of Gold. ESPN is highlighting the journey of 8 women Olympic hopefuls in a special section. Check out the photo feeds from athletes like figure skater Ashley Wagner and skier Emily Cook.4. WATCH: Breaking the Habits of Machismo Some churches continue to act as if women are second-class citizens in the kingdom of God— despite what the Bible says. Together, Jim Wallis and Dr. Michelle A. Gonzalez discuss what the Bible really says to encourage, affirm, and empower women and girls in their call to be leaders.5. Hillary Clinton Launches Global Data Project on Women and Girls"With the 20th anniversary approaching of a historic 1995 women’s conference, the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation is partnering with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to gather and study data on the global progress of women and girls and the gaps that remain. The 'No Ceilings' project will aggregate data from traditional sources, such as the World Bank, as well as less traditional ones, such as Google, to document progress since the United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing."6. A Psalm for Nobel Nominee Dr. Catherine Hamlin, 90, Who's Still Operating Rachel Marie Stone sings the praises of Dr. Hamlin, who at the age of 90, still performs fistula surgeries at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia — a hospital she and her husband founded after moving from Australia in 1959. Read her tribute at RNS.7. Sugar Todd is the Games' Sweetest Olympian Not many people would celebrate a 29th-place finish in speed skating, but Sugar Todd of Wisconsin is thrilled to be at the Olympics. Check out her sweet Tweets, highlighted at Mashable.8. V-Day: When Was the Last Time Your Pastor Preached on Violence Against Women? Tragically, violence against women is all too common in our world — affecting up to 70 percent of women, the UN estimates. Odds are it has affected the lives of many sitting in the pew beside you on Sundays. It's time to talk about it and become a place of healing. Don't know how to get started? Here's a FREE toolkit with a draft letter to your pastor, social media prompts, and educational articles for study.9. Questions About Egalitarian Dating Kate Wallace writes for the Junia Project: "In theory, all you have to do is find someone who you can love and who can love you back. But if you’re a Christian you also have to find someone who loves Jesus and the Church. And, if you are an egalitarian Christian, you also have to find someone who truly thinks of you as an equal and can live that out in everyday ways."10. Elizabeth Gilbert's Advice to Women: Get Out of Your Own Way Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love writes for ShriverReport.org: "Many of the big external obstacles (political, legislative) have been cleared for us by the great and brave women who came before us. We stand on their shoulders and should be grateful. But now we are left to battle the lingering prejudices in our own minds that say we are not worthy — not good enough, not strong enough, not talented enough, not brave enough."
Posted by God's Politics Editor 40 weeks 1 day ago
"I had seen their tears and sighs, and I had heard their groans, and I would give every drop of blood in my veins to free them." - Harriet Tubman Harriet Tubman + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 40 weeks 1 day ago
Hear what the Lord says: Rise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice. Hear, you mountains, the controversy of the Lord, and you enduring foundations of the earth; for the Lord has a controversy with [God's] people, and [the Lord] will contend with Israel. "O my people, what have I done to you? In what have I wearied you? Answer me!" - Micah 6:1-3 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 40 weeks 1 day ago
God, hear our call of pain. Make your spirit known to us. May we, as your people, remember to realign our lives to your dream for the world. Offer us the sustinance of your love that gives us the strength to continue. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 40 weeks 2 days ago
"All we ask for is justice — not mercy or palliation — simply justice. Surely that is not too much for loyal citizens of a free country to demand." - Florida Ruffin Ridley Florida Ruffin Ridley + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 40 weeks 2 days ago
Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of glory may come in. Who is the King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of glory may come in. - Psalm 24:7-9 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 40 weeks 2 days ago
God of the Sabbath, in your wisdom you created a day of rest, to recharge our minds and bodies. Send us your Spirit to guide us in wisdom, so that our care for ourselves does not fall by the wayside in our efforts to support those around us. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 40 weeks 3 days ago
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - 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 40 weeks 3 days ago
Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, "Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel." - Luke 2:27-32 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 40 weeks 3 days ago
Lord, when we weary of the journey, strengthen us by your Spirit to imagine new heavens and a new earth. May your light shine into the darkest parts of our lives and the darkest parts of our days. We ask that you make your presence known to us even in those darkest of times. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 40 weeks 4 days ago
"The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression."  - W.E.B. Du Bois W.E.B. Du Bois + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 40 weeks 4 days ago
Thus says the Lord: For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment; because they sell the righteous for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals— they who trample the head of the poor into the dust of the earth, and push the afflicted out of the way. - Amos 2:6-7 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 40 weeks 4 days ago
Sustainer, may the Holy Spirit ignite within our hearts the compassion that Jesus felt when he saw the vast crowds. We pray for all who seek to follow Jesus Christ in serving and loving those around us. We pray for all who are searching for meaning in life, may the Holy Spirit touch them. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 41 weeks 1 hour ago
"The past is a ghost, the future a dream. All we ever have is now." - Bill Cosby Bill Cosby + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 41 weeks 1 hour ago
Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. - James 3:13-14 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 41 weeks 1 hour ago
Holy Spirit, may you protect and strengthen those who suffer the threat of persecution for their faith in Jesus Christ. May the presence of God be with them in mind, body, and spirit. Increase our faith, so that we may work and pray more fervently to turn towards you. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 41 weeks 1 hour ago
1. Philip Seymour Hoffman Did Not Have Choice or Free Will and Neither Do You Philip Seymour Hoffman died this week after an apparent heroin addiction relapse, leading many to eulogize the renowned actor and comment on the seeming waste of a good life. But this interesting post examines the terrifying lack of free will for addicts, "It is time for all of us who got through unscathed to stop patting ourselves on the back for our genetic good luck, and it is time to stop judging those who were not born with the same good genes as defective."2. How Evolution Helps Me Trust God Emily Maynard writes at A Deeper Story about her journey from creationist to evolutionist and how it deepened her faith in God. "I am intrigued by a God who breathes into a process and lets it run wild. I am captivated by the idea of a God who is mysterious and so steady, so enamored by small processes, that it would be worth billions of years of wait for this revelation."3. Boehner 'Taps Brakes' on Immigration Reform Due to Obama Distrust; Evangelicals Decry Inaction Evangelicals, business leaders, law enforcement officials, and more are ready for immigration reform, and many are speaking out against a possible roadblock in Congress.4. Sorry, Canada: The Americas According to Google's Autocomplete Check out this map of the Americas using Google autocomplete function and the search terms, "Why is [country name] …?" Poor Canada's top autofill: "Why is Canada a country?"  Click to see the U.S. and Latin America's terms.5. This Is Your Bible on Drugs Corrie Mitchell writes for OnFaith about the various biblical citations Christians are using to justify their pro- or anti-pot stance.6. UAE Law Requires Mothers to Breastfeed for First Two Years According to the World Health Organization's Global Data Bank on Infant and Young Child Feeding, while 93 percent of UAE children have breastfed at some point in their lives, only 29 percent are still breastfeeding at 2 years old. According to the social affairs minister, the new law could mean that husbands could sue wives for not breastfeeding.7. What MASH Did Not Teach Me About Marriage Does this sound familiar to your 12-year-old self? "Megan gets married to Jordan and lives in a shack with fifty kids, a Ferrari, vacations in Timbuktu, and is employed as a ditch digger. *Insert wild shrieking.*" Megan Gahan writes for SheLovesMagazine.com on MASH v. reality.8. 6 New Facts About Facebook for its 10th Birthday Baby spam? "Which [fill-in-the-blank] character are you" quizzes? FarmVille? Find out the top thing users dislike about Facebook. 9. How a Poor Theology of the Cross Created America's Broken Justice System "Our prisons are overflowing. Why? Because our theological framework has told us that justice can only be satisfied when someone has been properly and fully punished, instead of telling us that justice is most fully satisfied when a life has been restored. The justice we seek in society today all gets traced back to how we view the justice of the cross."10. WATCH: President Obama's Remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast In a speech highlighting international and domestic religious freedom, President Obama also reflected on his own religious life at the annual Prayer Breakfast. Watch the video here.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 41 weeks 1 day ago
"Leaving behind nights of terror and fear, I rise. Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear, I rise. Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I rise."  - Maya Angelou Maya Angelou, from "Still I Rise" + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 41 weeks 1 day ago
 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? - Psalm 27:1 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 41 weeks 1 day ago
God of the oppressed, we pray that you might help us all recognize the oppression around us. May we not be complicit in that oppression. We pray that your justice is done here on earth, that your kingdom comes here just as it is in heaven. Amen
Posted by God's Politics Editor 41 weeks 2 days ago
"May suffering ones be suffering free and the fear-struck fearless be. May the grieving shed all grief — and the sick find health relief." - Zen chant Zen chant, from "Prayers for Hope and Comfort" + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 41 weeks 2 days ago
Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested. - Hebrews 2:17-18 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 41 weeks 2 days ago
God of love, we especially pray for those who suffer physically, mentally, or spiritually. May we welcome and meet the needs of those who come knocking at our door and may we find an open door when it is us who does the knocking. May we recognize your unending love for us and trust in your abundant grace to meet our needs beyond our expectations, each time we turn to you. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 41 weeks 3 days ago
"I never saw a moor, I never saw the sea; Yet know I how the heather looks, and what a wave must be. I never spoke with God, nor visited in heaven; Yet certain am I of the spot as if the chart were given." - Emily Dickenson  Emily Dickenson, "I Never Saw a Moor" + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 41 weeks 3 days ago
"I never saw a moor, I never saw the sea; Yet know I how the heather looks, and what a wave must be. I never spoke with God, nor visited in heaven; Yet certain am I of the spot as if the chart were given." - Emily Dickenson  Emily Dickenson, "I Never Saw a Moor" + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 41 weeks 3 days ago
My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God. - Psalm 84:2-3 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 41 weeks 3 days ago
My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God. - Psalm 84:2-3 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 41 weeks 3 days ago
How merciful are you, O Lord, when you receive us even with our doubts and suspicions. We pray to keep tiptoeing toward you without fear of rejection. We pray to keep up ourfeeble attempts at serving yuo even when we question the worth of our efforts. Amen. - Adapted from Common Prayer: A Liturgy of Ordinary Radicals
Posted by God's Politics Editor 41 weeks 3 days ago
How merciful are you, O Lord, when you receive us even with our doubts and suspicions. We pray to keep tiptoeing toward you without fear of rejection. We pray to keep up ourfeeble attempts at serving yuo even when we question the worth of our efforts. Amen. - Adapted from Common Prayer: A Liturgy of Ordinary Radicals
Posted by God's Politics Editor 41 weeks 4 days ago
 "Pay attention to what I tell you: whoever you may be, always have God before your eyes, whatever you do, do it according to the testimony of the Holy Scriptures; in whatever place you live do not easily leave it. Keep these three precepts and you will be saved." - Abba Anthony  Abba Anthony + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 41 weeks 4 days ago
The way of the righteous is level; O Just One, you make smooth the path of the righteous. In the path of your judgements, O Lord, we wait for you; your name and your renown are the soul’s desire. - Isaiah 26:7-8 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail