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Christian Social Justice

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.

Racism, The Church And The Fierce Urgency Of Now

Kathryn M. Lohre | Posted 03.20.2013 | Religion
Kathryn M. Lohre

While the truths The Rev. Dr. King spoke in 1963 endure, the churches and society are rapidly changing, raising new questions about what it means to uphold a vision for racial equality, equity and justice. There is urgency now, even as there was in 1963, to pray with our feet.

MLK: Our Prophet Of Economic Justice

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 03.18.2013 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

This year on his holiday, with the poverty rate at more than 16 percent, let us not allow the corporate media coverage to yet again ignore the great crusade for economic justice that Dr. King was spearheading by 1968.

The Evangelical Grassroots Mobilization for Immigration Reform

Don Golden | Posted 03.18.2013 | Religion
Don Golden

The unprecedented grassroots effort includes many channels to keep challenge participants inspired and informed, including a social media campaign that has already reached over hundreds of thousands of people.

Evangelical Coalition Seeks Immigration Overhaul

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 01.16.2013 | Religion

NEW YORK -- Prominent evangelical leaders announced a new effort Monday to persuade conservative Christians and lawmakers they should support overhaul...

'Everybody Can Be Great, Because Anybody Can Serve'

Wayne Meisel | Posted 03.17.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

This may be the defining quote in today's community service movement. But if Dr. King were alive today, what would he think of our culture of service? How would he respond to the great disconnect that often exists between faith and service?

The Fight Against A 'National Sin'

Sharon Grimberg | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Sharon Grimberg

Clergymen urged caution, warning that action against slavery might enrage Southerners. Their timidity made Garrison livid.

What Every American Should Know About Frederick Douglass, Abolitionist Prophet

John Stauffer | Posted 03.10.2013 | Religion
John Stauffer

For Douglass, there was an intimate link between individual conversion and social reform. The path of reform flowed outward from self to society. Before eradicating social evil, you first had to purify the self.

Speak And Act As Prophets Did: The Teachings Of Dr. King And Rabbi Heschel

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 03.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Forty years have passed since Dr. King and Rabbi Heschel worked and witnessed among us. Perhaps, like a biblical generation that represents a pregnant pause before a major transformation, we may be ready to act for a transformative rebirth in our time.

Bending Toward Justice, New Year's Day And The Moral Universe

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

This year, Americans seem to have applied their spiritual, social and political values in positive ways that can give us hope for the future. This was done, for the most part, without preachers, rabbis, priests or imams directing us or admonishing us.

My God Lives On The Street

Adam Bucko | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Adam Bucko

Where is God? He is here on this street, laying naked in the gutter. He is here on this street, homeless. He is here on this street, in all the lonely and unwanted, waiting for our love. I wonder, what will it take for us to notice Him?

WATCH: Wm. Paul Young: Coming To Find Us

Travis Reed | Posted 09.26.2014 | Religion
Travis Reed

"The Shack" author, Wm. Paul Young, and his thoughts on the crisis of Advent.

Putting Ourselves In The Line Of Fire, Part II

Rev. Ed Bacon | Posted 02.08.2013 | Religion
Rev. Ed Bacon

Faith means taking action. Spirituality without action is fruitless and social action without spirituality is heartless. At All Saints, we are boldly political without being partisan.

Radley Balko

Arrest Of Catholic Anti-War Protester Highlights Emergence, Tension With Church’s Progressive Side

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics

Anti-war activist Brian Terrell began serving a six-month sentence Friday at the federal prison camp in Yankton, South Dakota. Last April, Terrell and...

No Safe Place: Uncertainty For Syrian Child Refugees As Winter Approaches

Patricia Mouamar | Posted 02.02.2013 | Religion
Patricia Mouamar

Ten-year-old Raed is scared. Recently, he ran away to hide. The lightning reminded him of all the sounds of bombing he heard when he was back in Syria.

Putting Ourselves In The Line Of Fire

Rev. Ed Bacon | Posted 01.29.2013 | Religion
Rev. Ed Bacon

Throughout our history, All Saints Church has often been in the line of fire -- and we're proud of that. Most importantly, we still are right where we want to be.