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Christian Social Justice

The Least Of These

Catherine Meeks, Ph.D. | Posted 08.10.2013 | Religion
Catherine Meeks, Ph.D.

The growth of the population of poor folks in America, and the disdain and disregard for them, affects the quality of life for all of us. We are all related as human beings, and the quality of life for each person impacts our collective quality of life.

The Costs Of Helping

Richard Brand | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
Richard Brand

While the country is reeling from the tragedy of the tornado in Oklahoma, there is also, in a much more hidden way, another massive cost of helping victims that is not being talked about.

Tale Of A No-Tell Motel

Jim Burklo | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
Jim Burklo

The courtyard was barren with dry crabgrass; the deafening roar of the Bayshore Freeway next to it drowned out conversations. But we were thrilled at the opportunity to have a place to send homeless families with kids.

Bob Edgar: A Christian for the Common Good (1943-2013)

Morgan Guyton | Posted 06.25.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

Bob believed in democracy, and he believed that Christians should fight for the common good. It was devastating to learn of his sudden death this week in a dark time when his prophetic vision has never been more sorely needed.

Why Christians Need To Quit Whining About 'Freedom of Religion'

Derek Penwell | Posted 06.24.2013 | Religion
Derek Penwell

The cry that "my freedoms are in jeopardy" just sounds like whining to the rest of the world when it comes from people who've historically occupied the cultural driver's seat.

A Compassionate Debate On The Gun Issue

Rev. Gary R. Hall | Posted 06.17.2013 | Religion
Rev. Gary R. Hall

It is our civic and moral duty as Americans, and as people of faith, to reach out to our fellow citizens and to call on our Senators to act. Compassion is not a passive virtue. We are called on by God to give voice to all who have lost loved ones to gun violence. We are called to act.

The Heart, The Hand And The Gun

Mark D. W. Edington | Posted 06.08.2013 | Religion
Mark D. W. Edington

The Christian tradition has an ambiguous relationship with the problem of violence. It cannot be denied that the worldwide spread of the Christian faith was abetted by the use of violence. In contrast, the position of nonviolence has a long history in Christian teaching.

Lazy Religion Tackles Gay Marriage: With Liberty and Justice for Most

Timothy Kurek | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
Timothy Kurek

Lazy religion doesn't think in terms of people; it thinks in terms of abstract theological concepts and issue based stereotypes. It politicizes unique and beautiful individuals made in the image of God.

For World's Billionaires, Ending Extreme Poverty Is Cheap

Richard Stearns | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
Richard Stearns

Here's the problem: whether we are billionaires or just ordinary people, we tend to think that saving the lives of the world's most vulnerable children is somebody else's job -- not ours. And until that changes, children will continue to die.

A Fountain of Faith: Women, Water And The Hope Of New Life

Jennifer Danielle Crumpton | Posted 05.29.2013 | Religion
Jennifer Danielle Crumpton

At this time of year when we look inward and explore ideas of what it means to sacrifice, we are particularly reminded of Isaiah in anticipating Easter and spring rains, reflection and renewal. We find ourselves looking outward at the sacrifices millions of women make for something we take for granted everyday: a safe glass of water and a toilet.

My Prayer This Easter Season: That The Arc Of The Moral Universe Continue To Bend Towards Justice

Kety Esquivel | Posted 05.27.2013 | Religion
Kety Esquivel

My prayer this Easter season is that the arc of the moral universe continue to bend towards justice in the ruling of the Supreme Court Justices.

Building A Seminary Student Movement: A Missing Voice In The Cause For Change

Wayne Meisel | Posted 05.22.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

We need a seminary student movement that leads the church and the nation into deep engagement that combines service, advocacy and social justice. We seek to create a culture of service whereby everyone is challenged every day to engage in the world.

Why We Should Stop Celebrating The 'I Have A Dream' Speech

Catherine Meeks, Ph.D. | Posted 05.13.2013 | Religion
Catherine Meeks, Ph.D.

We need to resurrect the message in MLK's Letter From a Birmingham Jail -- the message that continues to call us to seek justice and to understand that "a threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Opening 1,000 Doors: Houses Of Hospitality And The Promise Of The Church

Wayne Meisel | Posted 05.08.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Houses of Hospitality will deliver the powerful message of welcome and inclusivity to a generation and it will make churches a central part of the service movement, which is where it needs to be. All it takes is a desire to do it and the decision to follow through. It is called the Gospel.

Where Do I Want To Be When Justice Rolls Down?

Derek Penwell | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Derek Penwell

For God, justice doesn't mean simple fairness, flattening everything out so it's the same. Justice means seeking for everyone what they need to flourish.

Justice Toward The Immigrant

Ken Wytsma | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Ken Wytsma

Empathy has a central role to play in helping us to be in concert with God's concerns: regardless of our public, political stance on a particular justice issue, our personal attitude toward the people involved must be characterized by godly love and grace.

Gangs Or The Gospel: Competing For The Lives Of Our Youth

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 04.29.2013 | Religion
Rev. Romal J. Tune

In order to connect with youth in our communities, we have to walk outside the church doors everyday and let the community know who we are and what we have to offer so they will choose us instead of a gang.

Lights, Camera.. Church! Lifting Up The Prophetic Voice Of Film

Wayne Meisel | Posted 04.24.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

When a church provides the space for showing films discussing the issues, it becomes more relevant by becoming a catalyst for coalition-building.

Lenten Journey In The Sonoran

Stan Duncan | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Stan Duncan

Traveling with an interfaith fair trade organization, we studied coffee and marketing for churches in the states. While there, I met the families of two young people. They would have been about 19 when I was there. Their parents had been growing corn and beans and coffee in that region for a hundred years. However, in 1989 that changed.

EXCERPT: 'Beyond The Possible'

Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion

People called the Tenderloin District in San Francisco “the last circle of hell,” because no matter how quickly you drove through it, you couldn...

Live For The Least Of These During Lent

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

As you engage this Lent, I would encourage you to pray, to fast, to act in solidarity with those who go without. Learn more, give alms, share what you have. Be conscious about what you eat.

A Pastoral Reflection On President Obama’s Immigration Speech

Rev. Patricia de Jong | Posted 04.02.2013 | Religion
Rev. Patricia de Jong

As I took my seat, I felt a strong spirit of anticipation and hope fill the auditorium, as if every heart was saying "The time is now. Our communities yearn for justice. For family unity. For citizenship. For reform."

Is Justice Just A Fad?

Ken Wytsma | Posted 03.30.2013 | Religion
Ken Wytsma

Globalization, the ease of international travel, and the ubiquity of social media have all helped shape a generation more aware of what is happening in the world than any before it -- a generation some have dubbed "the social justice generation."

Progressive Spirit: Occupy Finds Its Soul

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

That the Occupy movement would embrace the jubilee, a biblical concept, suggests something new and intriguing about the progressive movement, which has in recent decades been more likely to show contempt than respect when it comes to religion.

Removing Walls And Opening The Church To The World

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 03.20.2013 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

By creating welcoming threshold places and training members to practice good Christian hospitality, congregations can help people to feel comfortable as they move from the outside world to the inside of the church for the very first time.