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Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 5 weeks ago
Lord, you always provide a way for us to turn back to you. Remind us that there is always hope for the weary, the wounded, the lost, and the contrite of heart. Help us receive this good news and share it with others. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 5 weeks ago
 I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver. - Maya Angelou Maya Angelou + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 5 weeks ago
When it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late; send them away so that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.’ But he answered them, ‘You give them something to eat.’ They said to him, ‘Are we to go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?’ And he said to them, ‘How many loaves have you? Go and see.’ When they had found out, they said, ‘Five, and two fish.’ - Mark 6:35-38 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 5 weeks ago
Lord, to know you, we must dwell on the reality of your life, not just your death and resurrection. Remind us of our roots in Nazareth, in Galilee, in Capernaum, in Judea, and on Golgotha. Remind us that a servant is no greater than their Master. Amen. - From Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 5 weeks ago
1. One Nation, Under God, With 11 Cultures for All. The United States comprises 11 distinct cultures according to Colin Woodard, author of American Nations. See how different issues all stem from the earliest settling of the U.S. Which one do you belong to?2. Why Faith Groups Are Rallying Behind Immigration Reform As the 2013 legislative year winds to a close, immigration reform seems to be pushed down on the agenda once again. Here's a look at why, despite this, faith groups are embracing the importance of reform.3. 'Super' Typhoon Haiyan: Suffering and the Sin of Climate Change Denial Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite writes about the moral evil of storms such as Typhoon Haiyan that caused so many deaths and so much destruction in the Phillipines. For Thistlethwaite, the theological answer to climate change is simple: "confession, repentance, and change."4. Pub Theology Pub Theology brings together millennials, not in church, but in bars for beers and burgers. 5. WATCH: Having a Bad Day? What would it look like if we all cared more about each other? Here are seven things that everyone needs to hear every day.6. For mothers of war dead, Arlington National Cemetery becomes a weekly ritual In the wake of losing their sons, three women join weekly at Arlington Cemetery to remember their sons. Although they didn't anticipate finding community, the women found each other through the proximity of their sons' graves.7. 'You Are Not a Princess' A Kentucky Catholic school's focus on female empowerment has reignited a debate over feminism and religion.8. Feminism Hurts Men A satirical and fresh look at the many ways men are (not) harmed by feminism.9. Urban-Climbing Adventures A series of photos by Tom Ryaboi give dizzying views of city life. "It was important to include people in my photos," Ryaboi said, "because they are the real story here. The cities are beautiful, but how we use them is much more relevant."10. Can God Take a Tweet? And, finally – "The Twible," lets you tweet the Bible, chapter and verse in 140 or fewer characters.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 5 weeks ago
"We should remain within the limits imposed by our basic needs and strive with all our power not to exceed them. For once we are carried a little beyond these limits in our desire for the pleasures of life, there is then no criterion by which to check our onward movement, since no bounds can be set to that which exceeds the necessary." - Nilus of Ancyra Nilus of Ancyra + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 5 weeks ago
Alas for those who lie on beds of ivory, and lounge on their couches, and eat lambs from the flock, and calves from the stall; who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp, and like David improvise on instruments of music;  who drink wine from bowls, and anoint themselves with the finest oils, but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph! Therefore they shall now be the first to go into exile, and the revelry of the loungers shall pass away. - Amos 6:4-7 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 5 weeks ago
Heavenly creator, we pray for the Church, may we continue the evangelical mission of Christ by bringing our faith readily in dialogue with our greater culture. We pray that the Holy Spirit may grant us wisdom for living the Christian faith in our diverse and plural cultural context. We pray for the Holy Spirit to keep us from squandering the gifts and talent with which God blesses us for the love and service of others.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 5 weeks ago
"The wish to pray is a prayer in itself." - Georges Bernarnos Georges Bernarnos, Diary of a Country Priest + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 5 weeks ago
If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you for ever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you. - John 14:15-17 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
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Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 6 weeks ago
It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences. - Audre Lorde Audre Lorde + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 6 weeks ago
[God] divided the sea and let them pass through it, and made the waters stand like a heap. In the daytime [God] led them with a cloud, and all night long with a fiery light. [God] split rocks open in the wilderness, and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep. [God] made streams come out of the rock, and caused waters to flow down like rivers. - Psalm 78:13-16 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 6 weeks ago
O Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you as the day rises to meet the sun. Thank you God, that each morning you provide a new opportunity for us to follow you. We offer you the best of what we have, what already belongs to you. Let your tender mercies come to us that we might live. Amen. - From Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 6 weeks ago
"Peace is not stasis; it is not the absence of violence: where there is isolation, separation and indifference between peoples, conflict can break out at any time. Nor is it simply civility and respect for the law, in which the walls of separation remain firm. Peace, rather, is the counter-dynamic to competition, rivalry and the clash of strengths. Peace can only come when the chain of violence is broken and the weaker members of society are fully welcomed, loved and respected." - Jean Vanier  Jean Vanier + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 6 weeks ago
Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. - Ephesians 4:31-32 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 6 weeks ago
God, we pray that we may continue to proclaim the Gospel faithfully in our diverse world, sharing God's invitation to the fullness of life through our words and deeds. We ask for courage to reach out to the poor, may we encounter the face of Christ through the love we share with one another through acts of charity, justice, and compassion. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 6 weeks ago
Learn to be quiet enough to hear the genuine within yourself so that you can hear it in others. - Marian Wright Edelman Marian Wright Edelman + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 6 weeks ago
And when the Lord smelt the pleasing odor, the Lord said in [the Lord's] heart, ‘I will never again curse the ground because of humankind, for the inclination of the human heart is evil from youth; nor will I ever again destroy every living creature as I have done. As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.’  - Genesis 8:21-22 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 6 weeks ago
Lord, hear our prayer. May we concern ourselves with revealing the kingdom of God through our faithful commitment to the mission of Jesus Christ. We pray for hope in the continued unfolding of the kingdom of God in our midst, trusting in Christ's reign to triump, especially for those who suffer, who lack, who mourn, and who despair. Bless us with the courage to be living signs of God's unfolding reign. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 6 weeks ago
1. America’s Homeless Kids CrisisDepartment of Education data says the number of homeless youngsters in our country has hit a record high, topping 1 million and representing a 72 percent increase since the beginning of the 2008 recession.  2. 13 Things I Learned About Church History From ‘The Story of Christianity, Vol. 2’Rachel Held Evans in responses to her readings around Reformation Sunday. Among them, Teresa of Avila is the only woman in the history of the church to have founded monastic orders for both women and men, and King James, as in the King James Bible, was probably gay.3. Are Stereotypes Keeping Women Away From Science?We’ve come a long way in our work for women’s rights, but women still make up only 24 percent of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) workforce. Giving females confidence in science from a young age may stem the tide.4. ‘12 Years a Slave’ Has Hidden Environmental LessonLand exploitation went hand-in-hand with the subjugation of human beings – and it’s still happening today.5. Incarceration in the United StatesThis infographic from Boston University, explores the numbers behind the high prison population in the U.S. Why is our country’s prison population so large?6. Shots Heard Around D.C.The city is listening through its Shotspotter — sensors that pick up the sounds of gunshots, distinguishing them from firecrackers. In the past eight years, it’s detected 39,000 outdoor gunshots.  7. Uncensored in North KoreaIn a glimpse into a country typically cloaked in secrecy, AP photographer David Guttenfelder shows daily life in North Korea … through Instagram.  8. Edenics, the Theory That Every Language Came From HebrewAn eccentric Jerusalem-based researcher says the secret to the origin of languages lies in the Bible. Isaac E. Mozeson has dedicated his life to exploring the similarities of languages.9. Look, She Can Shrink, She Can GrowShe’s the newest superhero — a Muslim girl who faces familial conflicts and religious tensions, along with supervillians. Kamala Khan, a teenage Muslim girl from Jersey City, will be the latest addition to the Marvel Comics universe. Her creators say the series will explore “the universal experience of all American teenagers, feeling kind of isolated and finding what they are.”10. Awesome Art Made From Recycled SkateboardsAnd finally what Friday would be complete without some fun colored sculptures. You’ll never believe these sculptures started as skateboards. 
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 6 weeks ago
Peace originates with the flow of things—its heart is like the movement of the wind and waves. The Way is like the veins that circulate blood through our bodies, following the natural flow of the life force. If you are separated in the slightest from that divine essence, you are far off the path. - Morihei Ueshiba Morihei Ueshiba + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 6 weeks ago
They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat; for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and [God] will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’ - Revelation 7:16-17 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 6 weeks ago
Eternal Spirit, Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver, Source of all that is and that shall be, Father and Mother of us all, Loving God, in whom is heaven: The hallowing of your name echo through the universe! The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world! your heavenly will be done by all created beings! Your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth! Amen. - From A New Zealand Prayer Book
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 6 weeks ago
Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place. - Zora Neale Hurston Zora Neale Hurston + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 6 weeks ago
Yet [God], being compassionate, forgave their iniquity, and did not destroy them; often [God] restrained [God's] anger, and did not stir up all [God's] wrath. [God] remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that passes and does not come again. How often they rebelled against [God] in the wilderness and grieved [God] in the desert! - Psalm 78:38-40 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 6 weeks ago
God of relationships, we pray that your Holy Spirit might make us a community of living stones build firmly on our foundation of Jesus Christ. We pray for our families, that your Holy Spirit may strengthen these relationships--even the ones that are hard--to embody the unconditional and eternal love God has for humankind. Let our faith response to God's love be authentic and may we be unafraid of showing who we are, because of God's grace. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 7 weeks ago
"The Word of God is not found in the letter of scripture but in the mutual relationship between community and scripture. Thus the meaning of scripture--the Word of God can only be understood within the context of the living community, namely, the church." - Monica Jyotsna Melanchthon  Monica Jyotsna Melanchthon + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 7 weeks ago
So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil. - Ephesians 4:25-27 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 7 weeks ago
God, bless our communities. May the Holy Spirit help us model a pace of life that strives to keep in step with the movement of the Spirit. We pray for the Holy Spirit  to increase our sense of faith, so that we can eagerly accept God's invitation to the eternal banquet of heaven. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 7 weeks ago
"The world is not to be put in order; the world is order, incarnate. It is for us to harmonize with this order." - Henry Miller Henry Miller + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 7 weeks ago
The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, so that one may avoid the snares of death. Good sense wins favor, but the way of the faithless is their ruin. The clever do all things intelligently, but the fool displays folly. A bad messenger brings trouble, but a faithful envoy, healing. - Proverbs 13:14-17 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 7 weeks ago
Lord, hear our prayer. May the Holy Spirit help to root us in our Gospel mission and identity. You desire truth in the inward being; teach us wisdom in our hearts. May the Holy Spirit also guide our outward expressions of love in daily actions. May we use our gifts to serve our communities, so that our fellowship may truly reveal your Word to the world around us. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 7 weeks ago
1. 17 Stunning Images of All Saints Day Around the WorldThe Guardian pictorially circles the globe to offer beautiful images of All Saints Day celebrations and remembrances. In Western Christianity — mainly Catholicism — this Nov. 1 holy day is meant to honor all of the saints, known and unknown.2. Is Youth Ministry Killing the Church?Churches and denominations continue in their pursuit of truly diverse congregations. But are we missing one area of diversity — age — by offering separate youth programs? Here's one former youth minister's take.3. Germany OKs 'Indeterminate' Gender At BirthGermany has become the first European country to allow parents to leave "gender" blank on their child's birth certificate when they exhibit characteristics of both sexes.4. Pastor Says Ministers Who Voted For Obama Should Resign. Maybe He Should Go FirstIn his Faith & Culture blog, Jonathan Merritt takes on Pastor Doug Wilson, who says ministers who voted for a second President Barack Obama term "should not be entrusted with the care of souls." 5. 'Oh No Canada:' Check Out the 6 Posters Illustrating Canada's Alleged Silencing of Tar Sands CriticsFranke James claims her name was found on a Canadian government "enemy list" because of her anti-tar sands activism. So, the artist created this series of posters, now up at Washington, D.C., bus stops. Take a look at the slideshow.6. WATCH: 'Princess Bride' Star Mandy Patinkin Reveals His Favorite Line in the FilmThe star of screen and stage — and now hit Showtime series Homeland — takes us back to the classic film The Princess Bride to talk about his favorite line … and the poignancy behind it may surprise you. Watch, if only to surface nostalgia when he recites lines in the Inigo Montoya accent.7. Why Forgiving Others is So Hard Yet So LiberatingA beautiful reflection by Chad Bird: "They didn’t owe me an apology; they didn’t owe me repentance, tears, promises of improvement, vows never to repeat what they’d done. Nothing is what they owed me. So I crawled out of the hollow divinity I’d fashioned, threw it in the trash to rust, and said those frightening yet liberating words: I forgive you."8. WATCH: Photographer Puts Two Strangers Together for Intimate Photographs, and the Results Are SurprisingIf a photographer stopped you on the street and asked you to pose with a complete stranger as if he was a boyfriend, brother, or best friend, what would your response be? Watch these fascinating results.9. Lamenting My Prejudice Against Beautiful WomenIs overt femininity, by definition, shallow? While many of us wouldn't put it quite so starkly, it tends to be an underlying, if unconscious, assumption. (See: blowback against Zooey Deschanel "girly girl" image). Over at Christianity Today's her.meneutics blog, Katelyn Beaty confesses her own blown assumptions after attending an all-women's conference. "They gave me a new model for what it means to lead as a woman—not as a woman trying to hide their femininity, like so many women in leadership, especially in male-oriented workplaces, feel they must do."10. WATCH (Again): Boy Won't Leave Pope Francis' SideBecause it's adorable — and it's Friday; that's why.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 7 weeks ago
"There is no time left for anything but to make peace work a dimension of our every waking activity." - Elise Boulding Elise Boulding + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 7 weeks ago
A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, ‘Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.’ And he replied, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ And looking at those who sat around him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.’ - Mark 3:32-35 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 7 weeks ago
God, may we strive to live an authentic life of faith, accepting God's loving invitation to relationship. May God the Holy Spirit grant us wisdom and direction through the example of faithful people who live God's gift of life to the fullest. We honor the could of witness that surround your heavenly throne. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 7 weeks ago
American Promise spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys’ divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation at Manhattan’s Dalton School, the documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class, and opportunity. American Promise is an Official Selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 7 weeks ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 7 weeks ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 7 weeks ago
 Lord, hear our prayer for the Church. May our lives be faithful to the new covenant God has established for us through God's own Son, who calls us by name to share in his mission of the good news. Send us your Spirit to help make us faithful to the covenant as we follow the way of your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 7 weeks ago
The Criminal Justice Degree Hub released an infographic on mass incarceration in the U.S. titled "Locked Up In America." According to the extensive graphic, the U.S. has 5 percent of the world's population and 25 percent of the world's prisoners.Check out the graphic here. 
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 7 weeks ago
 "Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power.We have guided missiles and misguided men." - Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 7 weeks ago
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer; and by night, but find no rest. - Psalm 22:1-2 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 7 weeks ago
Bring us to repentance, Lord. We pray for the Church, that we may find healing when we fall short of acting as the body of Christ. We pray for true spiritual conversion in our hearts, that the Spirit of God may guide us to change our selfish ways and turn more fully toward God. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 8 weeks ago
While it's not uncommon to hear the terms "Tea Party" and "libertarian" uttered in the same descriptor, a new survey shows the gap between the two movements. According to the new American Values Survey, an annual release from the Public Religion Research Institute, a full 61 percent of libertarians do not consider themselves part of the Tea Party.“While conventional wisdom has assumed that the Tea Party movement is fueled by libertarian convictions, most libertarians see themselves as outside of the Tea Party movement. Notably, libertarians are also half as likely as those who identify with the Tea Party movement to see themselves as part of the older Christian right movement," said Dr. Robert P. Jones, CEO of PRRI, in a news release.In fact, only one in five libertarians claim affiliation with the religious right or conservative Christianity — a claim that more than half of Tea Party adherents would make.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 8 weeks ago
"The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands." - Robert M. Persig Robert M. Persig + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 8 weeks ago
When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us, you forgive our transgressions. Happy are those whom you choose and bring near to live in your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, your holy temple. - Psalm 65:3-4 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 8 weeks ago
God, we keep inventing ourselves and our underneath selves turn out to be less than adequate and we wish we were other than we are. We juggle your good purposes and our hidden yearnings and try to serve two masters, try to live two narratives, try to live two dreams, and we are weary. Gives us patience and stead fastness as we process the ragged edges of our lives. Amen. -Adapted from Prayers for a Priviledged People by Walter Brueggemann
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 8 weeks ago
Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perserveance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you. - Thomas Aquinas Thomas Aquinas + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail