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Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 6 days ago
Through our relationship with God, our fellow human beings, and the rest of creation, we reflect the image of God within us. ... Male and female reflect the image of God equally and express this image through their own historical, social, and cultural particularity.  - Michelle A. Gonzalez  Michelle A. Gonzalez + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 6 days ago
As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea for they were fishermen. And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fish for people." - Matthew 4:18-19 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 6 days ago
God of love, may your Spirit prompt within us a desire to proclaim the Gospel, according to our gifts and talents, and enable us to do so with passion and courage. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, yuor Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 2 days ago
"Christianity is wholly and entirely confident hope, a stretching out to what is ahead, and a readiness for a fresh start. Future is not just something or other to do with Christianity. It is the essential element of the faith which is specifically Christian." - Jürgen Moltmann Jürgen Moltmann + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 2 days ago
For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power. For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. - 1 Corinthians 1:17-18 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 2 days ago
God, breathe your life into us. Breathe your eternal life into us. Give us the hope of life in you every day. As we work, pray, and live for your glory help us to know that your reign will come to earth, just as it is in heaven. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 2 days ago
1. Richard Sherman Explains What People Mean When They Call Him a 'Thug' The day after the Seattle Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers — and Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman gave his now-infamous sideline interview with Erin Andrews — the word "thug" was spoken 625 times on U.S. television. Sherman tells us why that's a problem.  2. What We Can and Can't Know About Our Babies Before They Are Born We can tell gender, possible genetic defects, even see 3D images of babies in utero. But that's only part of the story. Ellen Painter Dollar offers a beautiful reflection on her experience. 3. Victim of Sex Trafficking in U.S. Tells Her Story Juvenile Justice Information Exchange has the story of one woman caught up in the often overlooked epidemic of sex trafficking right in our own backyard. *Caution: adult language   4. The Art of Presence New York Times columnist David Brooks reflects on a story told on the Sojourners blog — a story of trauma, recovery, response, and the importance of being present when trauma enters the lives of loved ones. 5. Study: Upward Mobility No Tougher in U.S. Than Two Decades Age But: The United States remains among the most difficult industrialized nation to move up the economic ladder. See the NPR report at the link. 6. 40 Must-See Photos From the Past This stunning photo set offers an interesting glimpse into the past — from times of war to the advent of women's bathing suits, to the sadness of Prohibition. 7. What Really Happened When a U.S. Drone Hit a Yemeni Wedding Convoy? “Whatever we do, they will never look at us as human beings,” said Dahabiya, the elderly mother of one victim, a cousin of the groom, who left a wife and six children. “We end up with wounds they cannot see." 8. 10 Things You Can't SAY While Following Jesus If you've ever been frustrated by "Everything Happens for a Reason," this listicle is for you. 9. South Sudan Factions Sign Cease-Fire After more than five weeks of fighting during which thousands have been killed, warring factions in the fledgling country of South Sudan have announced a cease-fire. 10. The Myth of the Absent Black Father From the report: "Although black fathers are more likely to live separately from their children — the statistic that’s usually trotted out to prove the parenting 'crisis' — many of them remain just as involved in their kids’ lives. Pew estimates that 67 percent of black dads who don’t live with their kids see them at least once a month, compared to 59 percent of white dads and just 32 percent of Hispanic dads."
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 3 days ago
Debt from college loans makes some men and women postpone joining a religious community, according to a survey of men and women professing final vows in a religious order.Ten percent of those who professed final vows in 2013 had an average amount of $31,000 in college debt and the average length of delay was two years, according to “New Sisters and Brothers Professing Perpetual Vows in Religious Life: The Profession Class of 2013.” The annual survey was conducted by the Georgetown University-based Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA).Read the entire survey here.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 3 days ago
Race is not so much an idea we hold in our worldview, but something that has seeped deeply into our imaginations and desires. As such, race is more like a habit that is inculcated in us through practices in a life-long formation process. - Daniel José Camacho Daniel José Camacho + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 3 days ago
You should not have entered the gate of my people on the day of their calamity; you should not have joined in the gloating over Judah’s disaster on the day of his calamity; you should not have looted his goods on the day of his calamity. You should not have stood at the crossings to cut off his fugitives; you should not have handed over his survivors on the day of distress. - Obadiah 1:13-14 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 3 days ago
God of our fulfillment, we know from your Son that our beliefs and practices should serve to seek your presence in our lives; otherwise, they become a dead end for our spirits and a burden that conceals you. Grant us the humility and wisdom to know that you are ever greater than the ways and means by which we search for you. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 4 days ago
 "Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality." - 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 33 weeks 4 days ago
 "Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality." - 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 33 weeks 4 days ago
They saw him from a distance, and before he came near to them, they conspired to kill him. They said to one another, "Here comes this dreamer. Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; then we shall say that a wild animal has devoured him, and we shall see what will become of his dreams. - Genesis 37:18-20 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 4 days ago
They saw him from a distance, and before he came near to them, they conspired to kill him. They said to one another, "Here comes this dreamer. Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; then we shall say that a wild animal has devoured him, and we shall see what will become of his dreams. - Genesis 37:18-20 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 4 days ago
God, we know there are injustices in this world. As we remember the life and work Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others in the Civil Rights movement, we ask your spirit to be present with us. Bless the continued work toward realizing justice. May your will be done, here on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 4 days ago
God, we know there are injustices in this world. As we remember the life and work Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others in the Civil Rights movement, we ask your spirit to be present with us. Bless the continued work toward realizing justice. May your will be done, here on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 5 days ago
 If we are to consider the heavens, how much more are we to consider the magnificent energies of consciousness that make whomever we pass on the street a far grander marvel than our galaxy?  - Marilynne Robinson  Marilynne Robinson  + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 5 days ago
But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. - Amos 5:24 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 5 days ago
I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! - Psalm 27:13-14
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 6 days ago
"Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality." - Martin Luther King, Jr.  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 6 days ago
They saw him from a distance, and before he came near to them, they conspired to kill him. They said to one another, "Here comes this dreamer. Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; then we shall say that a wild animal has devoured him, and we shall see what will become of his dreams." - Genesis 37:18-20 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 6 days ago
God, we know there are injustices in this world. As we remember the life and work Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others in the Civil Rights movement, we ask your spirit to be present with us. Bless the continued work toward realizing justice. May your will be done, here on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 2 days ago
God of life, your son Jesus Christ manifested your power in healing the sick, driving out afflictions from the minds, bodies, and spirits of those who came to him. Jesus Christ reveals your desire for us to be whole, and to flourish in your grace. Forgive us for the way we have acted against your desire for us and enable us by your Spirit to take your son's healing hand. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 2 days ago
1. Female Methodist Pastor Performs Anointing Ritual for A Roman Catholic Cardinal While the Roman Catholic has not moved toward officially ordaining women, one U.S. Cardinal recently honored the ministry of Rev. Anne Robertson, a United Methodist minister in Massachusetts. Cardinal Sean O'Malley asked Robertson to administer a baptism reaffirmation ritual to him. As the war on poverty has reached its 50th year, the U.S. still faces significant issues of income inequality. 2. WATCH: Making House Calls, To People Without Homes Dr. Jim Withers, one of the pioneers of street medicine, treats homeless people on the streets of Pittsburgh in this heartwarming video by NationSwell. “We would have to stretch ourselves,” Withers said, “And care enough to stretch ourselves into their world, into their reality.” 3. Wealthy Women Can Afford to Reject Marriage, but Poor Women Can’t Higher-income "single ladies" often push back against "patriarchy." But the statistics don't lie: Low-income, unmarried women face significant economic challenges when they stay single. 4. It Is Expensive to Be Poor Minimum-wage jobs are physically demanding, have unpredictable schedules, and pay so meagerly that workers can't save up enough to move on. 5. Dead Broke, Not Deadbeat: Baltimore Rethinks Welfare Policy  Aid can create a wedge between mothers and fathers, experts say, and Maryland officials are trying to change that. “We shouldn't have to say we were separated to get help,” said Darnell, a married man whose wife conceals her married status. “They are saying they want the father involved but won't help you if the father is involved. That is backwards.” 6. How the Haiti Earthquake Launched 'Digital Humanitarianism' Internationally, new communication techniques helped relief workers connect directly with those who needed help in the wake of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. “With the use of the Internet and mobile phones, survivors in Haiti sent out cries for help through tweets, texting, Facebook, and other digital media.” 7. Mexicali has Become Mexico’s City of the Deported as U.S. Dumps More People There  In Mexicali, Mexico, “the deported sleep in parks, abandoned buildings, and along the train tracks that run through town.” Due easy access to a nearby airstrip, the U.S. has deported at least 113,539 people to the city in the past two years. 8. WATCH: Former 'Lost Boy' Returns to South Sudan Daniel Majok Gai escaped violence in Sudan, received a Masters degree and became a U.S. citizen. 15 years later he returned to help build schools, only to find South Sudan amidst more fighting. 9. Don't Demonize Gangsters – They're Human Too Dreda Say Mitchell works with young offenders to improve their writing and find gifts and skills they didn’t know they had. “The truth is that all crime has a backdrop. And in the case of gangs, part of that backdrop is poor communities that have been on a downward curve for decades.” 10. WATCH: 'I Have a Dream' Finally, in memory of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this short movie gives a dramatic presentation of his “I Have A Dream” speech from the March on Washington.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 3 days ago
The secular world needs to understand that what would "free us from anxiety" is opening up to the poor and otherwise marginalized the chance to flourish. This cannot happen if there is hunger, unfair political arrangements, ongoing assaults on the environment, and no safety net to protect the sick, the unemployed, and the frail. - Paul Farmer  Paul Farmer + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 3 days ago
So [Zacchaeus] hurried down and was happy to welcome [Jesus]. All who saw it began to grumble and said, "He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner." Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, "Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much." - Luke 19:6-8 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 3 days ago
Creator of all, we know that you have created all of us in your image. We ask to be reminded of the goodness present in each person on earth, without exception. May we love those whom it is easier to hate and may we more clearly see those who are suffering around us. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 4 days ago
[Jesus] proposed a transformative vision of God. God isn't the one who condemns to poor and weak. God isn't the one who favors the rich and righteous. God isn't the one who ordains the rich to be in the castle and the poor to be in the gutter. God is the one who loves everyone, including the people the rest of us think don't count.  - Brian McLaren  Brian McLaren + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 4 days ago
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. - Luke 4:18-19 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 4 days ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 5 days ago
 What is missing in Christianity is the real understanding that practice doesn't just mean people going inward to do their own little spiritual trip. It is a way of repatterning the whole physical, neurological, emotional, devotional animal so that it understands what it is doing.  - Cynthia Bourgeault  Cynthia Bourgeault + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 5 days ago
I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. I am the LORD, that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to idols. See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them. - Isaiah 42:6-9 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 5 days ago
Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who stand by night in the house of the Lord! Lift up your hands to the holy place, and bless the Lord. May the Lord, maker of heaven and earth, bless you from Zion. - Psalm 134
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 6 days ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 6 days ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 6 days ago
God of life, we cry out to you. May we hear your voice and may we hear the voices of those around us. May God's Spirit guide us to open our hearts wide to the grace of God surrounding us in the midst of our daily life. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor, Robert Wilson-Black 35 weeks 2 days ago
Listen in as Jim Wallis and Sojourners CEO Rob Wilson-Black kick off the new year with a discussion on Pope Francis and the new Pope's influential presence in all kinds of media.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 2 days ago
"When our interior image of God and our exterior references to God are exclusively male and 'father,' we reinforce patriarchal constructions of the image of God that are based on a hierarchy that values men at the expense of women." - Michelle A. Gonzalez Michelle A. Gonzalez + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 2 days ago
Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’ - Genesis 1:26 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 2 days ago
God of all, strengthen us in our Christian identity, so that we may also rejoice in the presence of your Spirit working in those around us. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 2 days ago
1. 14 Reasons 2014 Might Not Be So Bad John Green gives us 14 reasons for some optimism this year, including lower divorce and caner rates and more women’s literacy. 2. And the Winners for Religious Art & Architecture Are... Faith&Forum announces the winners of its 2013 International Awards Program for Religious Art & Architecture. 3. 'Wolf of Wall Street' Called 'Profoundly Moral' It sets a record for expletives, but Laura Turner calls Wolf of Wall Street a profoundly moral film precisely because it depicts those things to which Catholic News Service objects. 4. Burka Anyone? A recent survey taken in seven countries with Muslim majorities finds that most respondents prefer that a woman completely cover her hair, but not necessarily her face.  5. Five Religious-Themed Apps Banned by Apple Brian Pellot’s tracking with religious themes that Apple has rejected or pulled from the App Store, including one that allows users to paste their faces onto the bodies of faith leaders. 6. No Charges for 'Snake Salvation' Pastor A grand jury has decided not to indict Rev. Andrew Hamblin, who’s been featured on National Geographic’s Snake Salvation series, on charges of violating a Tennessee ban on possessing venomous snakes. Hamblin says the Bible commands him to handle the serpents. 7. Snow Chapel Indiana’s Tyler Watts didn’t stay snug inside when the university where he works shut down in light of weather that was 13 below zero. Instead, he built an 8-foot chapel made of snow.   8. 5 Films to Make 2014 'the Year of the Bible' Forget lists about the year past, Jonathan Merritt looks ahead at the films major movie studios are releasing this year. 9. Colbert and the Priest Talk Economic Inequality Rev. Jim Martin, a Jesuit priest, stops by the Colbert Report to talk economic injustice. 10. Want to Win the War on Poverty? On the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s declaration of a war on poverty, Sojourners' Jim Wallis says liberals and conservatives must work together for the sake of the vulnerable.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 3 days ago
"The Great Spirit is in all things, he is in the air we breathe. The Great Spirit is our Father, but the Earth is our Mother. She nourishes us, that which we put into the ground she returns to us." - Big Thunder (Bedagi) Big Thunder (Bedagi) + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 3 days ago
It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. - Hebrews 2:10 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 3 days ago
May the Holy Spirit continue to guide us into the mystery of God, inspiring our teachings, beliefs, and definitions to remain authentic pathways into this mystery. Creator God, your son Jesus Christ revealed your divine sovereignty over nature when he walked on water and calmed the windstorm. Grant us open minds and hearts so that we may recognize and rejoice in your presence. Ae
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 4 days ago
"Until the killing of Black men, Black mothers’ sons, is as important as the killing of White mothers’ sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest." - Ella Baker Ella Baker + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 4 days ago
For thus says the LORD: Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, "Save, O LORD, your people, the remnant of Israel." See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north, and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, those with child and those in labor, together; a great company, they shall return here. - Jeremiah 31:7-8 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 4 days ago
Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth Present everywhere and filling all things, Treasury of blessings and giver of life, Come and abide in us, And cleanse our hearts from every impurity, And save our souls, For you are good and love all people. - Orthodox Christian prayer
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 5 days ago
 What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. - Isapo-Muxika (Crowfoot) Isapo-Muxika (Crowfoot) + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 5 days ago
In all their distress. It was no messenger or angel but his presence that saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old. - Isaiah 63:9 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail