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Christian Social Justice

Isaiah 58 And The Fast For DC Statehood

Jeremy John | Posted 04.09.2012 | Religion
Jeremy John

God is asking for the fast that moves beyond prayer and the negation of food to reform our economic relationships of injustice, to undo the cords of oppression.

Mark 1:40-45: The Inconvenient Truth About Taking Care Of The Poor

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 04.09.2012 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

God suffers some of the effects of human brokenness. In Jesus, God doesn't just come near. God doesn't just lend a hand. God experiences solidarity with those who suffer, taking their place.

Which Martin Luther King?

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 03.20.2012 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Do we know him? I did, and feel that we are missing a huge chunk of his purpose and meaning. In my view the celebrity side largely misses the point of his life. He stood among us as a real person.

Forget God. How Are We Helping Haiti?

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 03.12.2012 | Religion
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

This notion that God caused this earthquake as a good thing for the people of Haiti is troubling theology. Where is that "good thing" in the midst of the suffering?

Is Haiti Hopeless? Not if You Believe In Grace

Chris Herlinger | Posted 03.12.2012 | Religion
Chris Herlinger

Anyone who has lived or worked in Haiti for any length of time is bound to be asked if Haiti is hopeless. That will certainly be the case this week, when Haitians commemorate the second anniversary of the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake.

Two Years After A Devastating Earthquake, Hope For A New Haiti

Sheldon C. Good | Posted 03.12.2012 | Religion
Sheldon C. Good

Hope, as theologian N.T. Wright says, "is a mode of knowing, a mode within which new things are possible, options are not shut down, new creation can happen."

Luke 2:22-40: How Are We Caring for Our Children Today?

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Hedahl | Posted 02.27.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

Within this text of love and support for a child, we unmistakably hear the note of justice sounded clearly. Indeed the rising and falling of many has and will occur in terms of their treatment of children.

The Hopes And Fears Of All The Years (A Lament At Christmas)

Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry | Posted 02.26.2012 | Religion
Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry

This Christmas swords continue to clang in Afghanistan, Syria, Sudan, Congo -- and plowshares seem to continue to be few in too many places.

Taking The Blue With The Red And Green

Lamar Vest | Posted 02.20.2012 | Religion
Lamar Vest

Jesus was born into the same world that you and I live in today. Jesus was born to a broke teenage mother. He was born into an occupied nation ruled by outsiders.

The Polarities Of An Occupying Ethos

Eric Simpson | Posted 02.15.2012 | Religion
Eric Simpson

An occupation of diversity and of transformation is an occupation and a vocation for which we are born, which is to be in communion with all things and each other through love.

Homophobic Do-Gooders

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 02.13.2012 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

Why are so many of those who believe what I believe homophobes? And more importantly, what is a reasonable response to those who serve the poor, hungry, homeless and mentally ill, but hate the gays?

What Are You Getting Baby Jesus For The Holidays?

Rev. Susan Sparks | Posted 12.18.2011 | Religion
Rev. Susan Sparks

I am afraid the baby Jesus gets the short end of the stick during the holidays. Given it is his birthday, don't you think he should be on the list?

In God's Economy, Everyone Has Enough

The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. | Posted 01.18.2012 | Religion
The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.

I want us to get preoccupied with economic justice. I don't think we can rest until everyone has enough.

I’m In The 1% And I Pray You’ll Tax Me

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 11.11.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

I made it a point to be with Occupy Wall Street for a time. With my sign -- "I AM in the 1% PLEASE TAX ME!" -- I asked if I could join the others with signs. They welcomed me.

Social Justice: A Holy Struggle

Noah Baron | Posted 01.04.2012 | Religion
Noah Baron

This is a holy struggle, but it is not the one that the Pat Robertsons and Jerry Falwells would have you believe in. Our enemy is not the poor, but poverty; it is not homosexuality, but homophobia.

Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25: Making The God Decision

Walter Brueggemann | Posted 01.02.2012 | Religion
Walter Brueggemann

The Book of Joshua chronicles the way in which the land given by God has been taken by Israel. And now there are decisions to be made of life-or-death proportion concerning life in the new land.

Is The American Dream God's Dream?

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 12.31.2011 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

From its foundations the American dream has trumpeted the equality of all humanity. Yet, all the while, our economic system has prioritized the "equality" of some while blocking its realization among others.

#OccupyWallStreet: Without A Vision, The People Will Perish

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 12.19.2011 | Religion
Cathleen Falsani

There's a verse in Proverbs that speaks to this kind of moment in the movement's story. I learned it in the Baptist traditions as, "Without a vision, the people will perish."

God's Economy

The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. | Posted 12.18.2011 | Religion
The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.

In God's economy, a faithful coalition of people can have a greater impact toward a more just society when they pool resources, enact strategies, build bridges and challenge the status quo.

Religion And Immigration: We Have Not Yet Begun To Love

Fr. Richard Rohr | Posted 10.18.2011 | Religion
Fr. Richard Rohr

One would think that people who insist on being monotheistic would be the first in line to walk across the artificial boundaries created by nation states, class systems, cultures and even religions. But often they are the last!

Rich And Poor, From St. Luke To Warren Buffett

Thomas Worcester | Posted 12.18.2011 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

In Luke's story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus makes clear that his disciples must not spurn the poor and the injured, they must not pass by those requiring healing and assistance.

Occupy America: A New Great Awakening

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 12.17.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

For Christians, supporting the Occupy America protests should be clear-cut. The protesters are lifting up principles of compassion, justice and love. These principles are central to the Christian faith.

Matthew 22:1-11: A Biblical Case Of Class Warfare

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder | Posted 12.05.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

Much in this country's political landscape has centered on equal access and opportunity for all. First century C.E. New Testament literature points to similar struggles.

What Are You Called To Do? Finding Spiritual Purpose In The Field

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 11.24.2011 | Religion
Rev. Romal J. Tune

"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field." --Matthew 13:44

The Power To Choose Life

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove | Posted 11.21.2011 | Religion
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Troy Davis issued a statement this morning saying, "I will not stop fighting until I've taken my last breath." What Troy knows is that all of us still have the power to choose life.