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Posted by God's Politics Editor 26 weeks 4 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 26 weeks 5 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 26 weeks 5 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 26 weeks 5 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 26 weeks 5 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 26 weeks 5 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 26 weeks 5 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 26 weeks 6 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 26 weeks 6 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 26 weeks 6 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 27 weeks 3 hours 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 27 weeks 3 hours 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 27 weeks 3 hours 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 27 weeks 3 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 27 weeks 3 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 27 weeks 4 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 27 weeks 4 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 27 weeks 4 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 27 weeks 5 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 27 weeks 5 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 27 weeks 5 days ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 27 weeks 6 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 27 weeks 6 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 27 weeks 6 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 28 weeks 3 hours ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 28 weeks 3 hours ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 28 weeks 3 hours 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 28 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 28 weeks 3 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 28 weeks 3 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 28 weeks 3 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 28 weeks 3 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 28 weeks 4 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 28 weeks 4 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 28 weeks 4 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 28 weeks 5 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 28 weeks 5 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 28 weeks 5 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 28 weeks 6 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 28 weeks 6 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
Posted by God's Politics Editor 28 weeks 6 days ago
Savior God, we thank you for your gift of life, breathed into our bodies. May we honor that miracle of life by following your way. Bless our communities of work, play, and worship as we live out your call for us in the world. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 29 weeks 3 hours ago
Look at the stars! Look, look up at the skies O look at all the fire-folk sitting in the air! The bright boroughs, the circle-citadels there! ... These are indeed the barn; withindoors house The shocks. This piece-bright paling shuts the spouse Christ home, Christ and his mother and all his hallows. - Gerard Manley Hopkins Gerard Manley Hopkins, "The Starlight Night" + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 29 weeks 3 hours ago
They shall know that I, the Lord their God, am with them, and that they, the house of Israel, are my people, says the Lord God. You are my sheep, the sheep of my pasture, and I am your God, says the Lord God. - Ezekiel 34:30-31 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 29 weeks 3 hours ago
Almightly God, your son revealed your power in the most unexpected ways, challenging us to embrace simplicity, humility, and weakness. Like the star that rose to shine for the newborn King, grant us the joy to signal the presence of your son to others, letting the witness of our lives lead the way to your son. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 29 weeks 3 days ago
"Only the dreamer shall understand realities, though, in truth, his dreaming must not be out of proportion to his waking!" - Margaret Fuller Margaret Fuller, Summer on the Lakes + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 29 weeks 3 days ago
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.   - John 1:1-2 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 29 weeks 3 days ago
We pray that we may strive to give birth to the living Word of God in our world, through the power of the Holy Spirit. May our daily spiritual renewal lead us also to daily physical renewal as we trust and hope in our life-giving Creator who sent Jesus to bring us into God's eternal presence. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 29 weeks 3 days ago
1. Utah’s Salvation Army Marches to the Beat of Service The big red kettles and bell ringers are gone until next Christmastime, but the Salvation Army’s congregations worship all year long.2. Are You a 'Duck Dynasty' American or a 'Downton Abbey' American? Fans of these two TV family sagas live in parallel worlds. Which show best reflects your faith and values?3. Body Atlas Reveals Where We Feel Happiness and Shame More than 700 people participated in an experiment aimed at mapping their bodily sensations in connection with specific emotions. Turns out we feel different emotions in different parts of the body.4. And Now There's Facial Recognition for the People in Your Pupils Shakespeare said the eyes are the windows to the soul, but they’re also a mirror for what we see.5. Pastor Andy Stanley Tells Christians ‘How to Be Rich’ In his new book, How to Be Rich, Pastor Andy Stanley has a message for American Christians: “You’re wealthy. Now starting acting like it.”6. One in Four Alums Leading Interfaith Group Is Nonreligious A survey of young people involved in Interfaith Youth Core — a leading interfaith organization in the United States that works with college and university campuses to equip young people for cooperative service and dialogue around shared values — found that nearly 1 in 4 IFYC alums identify as atheist (4.7 percent), agnostic (7.1 percent), secular humanist (5.3 percent), or spiritual but not religious (6.5 percent). 7. Faith and the Obama White House Slide show of President Barack Obama’s moments of faith in 2013.8. Esquire’s Best-Dressed Man of 2013 Is Pope Francis  The magazine calls the pope’s attire an outward acknowledgement of his progressive orthodoxy.9. Three Things Big Data Tell Us About How People Use the Bible YouVersion, a popular Bible app, released its summary of its Bible usage data from 2013, showing how people use their apps to read and share the Bible.10. Evolutionary Beliefs Six in 10 Americans believe in evolution, while a third reject the notion, according to a Pew Research Center study. Sixty-four percent of white evangelical Protestants, meanwhile, believe that humans have existed in their present form since the beginning of time, while only 15 percent of white mainline Protestants share this opinion.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 29 weeks 4 days ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 29 weeks 4 days ago