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Christian Social Justice

Unbind Him, and Let Him Go: A Lenten Challenge

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

While some bible stories seem mostly about God being with us, other stories seem more about God for us. The story of Jesus raising of Lazarus from the dead, however, is about both.

A Letter to Publix Owners and Management

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 05.10.2014 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

I've been so surprised to see Publix (along with Wendy's) refusing (so far) to join the Fair Food Program. And that's why I've been outspoken in my desire to see Publix live up to the ideals of its founder, George Jenkins, who said, "Don't let making a profit stand in the way of doing the right thing."

A Do-Gooder's Dilemma

Diana Mao | Posted 03.02.2014 | Religion
Diana Mao

As we enter the New Year, it is important to take a step back and ask the question of why as opposed to what. So many times we get asked what do you do, who do you work for?

Faithful Filibuster: Christian Leaders Read Scripture, Exhort Congress To Care For Poor

Religion News Service | Katherine Burgess | Posted 10.10.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Under a cloudy and drizzly sky, across the street from the U.S. Capitol, David Beckmann read passages from the prophet Isaiah. “Comfort, co...

50 Years After 'I Have a Dream': Have We Yet Listened?

Chet Jechura | Posted 10.28.2013 | Religion
Chet Jechura

Every. Single. Day. It's been fifty years. The truest sign of a prophet is the staying power of their words. And so I must ask: Have we yet listened to our brother, Martin?

How Christianity Became Cool Again

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

If more Christians can speak out the way Pope Francis and Archbishop Tutu have this week and so many have been in recent memory -- it will change the way people view Jesus and the faith that he inspires in so many of us.

In Defense of Me

Zach Hunter | Posted 09.11.2013 | Religion
Zach Hunter

Many of us (Christians) think we should voice our objections if we hear or see something we perceive to be immoral according to how we interpret the Bible. And we often do this without being asked, without having a relationship that gives our opinion context, without knowing where the other person is coming from.

Can Christians Handle Perfect Love?

Jennifer Danielle Crumpton | Posted 09.02.2013 | Religion
Jennifer Danielle Crumpton

The first step is to simply realize and accept that fear and love cannot coexist, because pure love by nature does not allow or involve even the tiniest fraction of fear. Then we can begin to practice deciding how we will behave accordingly, and what we will accept from others.

Jesus the Liberal

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion
Michael Shammas

A long time ago there was a remarkable man, a man who said that might does not make right, that the weak have a strength the strong do not have, and that what we call "justice" is often really injustice. He was a man who was condemned by traditional conservative society.

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.