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Posted by God's Politics Editor 31 weeks 5 hours ago
We in the midst of out-of-control violence, we in great faith, we in deep vocational call, we in our several anxieties. We — alongside you — in the trembling. This day we pray for freedom to move beyond fear to caring, beyond self to neighbor, beyond protection to growth. That we may be a sign of the steadfastness, that anxiety may not win the day. You are the one who said, “Do not be anxious.” And now we submit to you. Amen. - Adapted from "God's Gift in the Midst of Violence" by Walter Brueggemann
Posted by God's Politics Editor 31 weeks 3 days ago
Each time you love, love as deeply as if it were forever.  - Audre Lorde Audre Lorde + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 31 weeks 3 days ago
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. - 1 John 4:7-8 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 31 weeks 3 days ago
Sustaining God of creation, redeem us in your overflowing love. On this day especially, we recognize that your love is the only love that we need. May we know that your love is a love truer than any love we have ever known. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 31 weeks 3 days ago
This Valentine's Day, we're highlighting stories about women or written by women. Did you know Sojourners has its own section dedicated to issues surrounding women and girls? Check it out HERE and follow @SojoWomen on Twitter.1. Getty Images Creates the 'Lean In' Collection of Stock Photos The Sojourners Web Team constantly sifts through stock photos to run along with blog posts. It's always a mind-numbing endeavor trying to find appropriate, non-condescending, or non-sexualized images of women. Enter Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In, and Getty Images to create this fantastic collection that lifts up both women in the workforce and men in the home. Check out the gallery at the link.2. Amy Poehler's Smart Girls #GalentinesDay 2014 Round Up Thanks to the brilliance of funny gal Amy Poehler and her show "Parks and Rec," Feb. 13 is now known as Galentine's Day: "ladies celebrating ladies." If you missed the festivities, head on over to this link for the full round up: Galentines Google Hangout, memes, Galentine's Day e-cards, and more.3. 8 Women. 8 Dreams of Gold. ESPN is highlighting the journey of 8 women Olympic hopefuls in a special section. Check out the photo feeds from athletes like figure skater Ashley Wagner and skier Emily Cook.4. WATCH: Breaking the Habits of Machismo Some churches continue to act as if women are second-class citizens in the kingdom of God— despite what the Bible says. Together, Jim Wallis and Dr. Michelle A. Gonzalez discuss what the Bible really says to encourage, affirm, and empower women and girls in their call to be leaders.5. Hillary Clinton Launches Global Data Project on Women and Girls"With the 20th anniversary approaching of a historic 1995 women’s conference, the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation is partnering with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to gather and study data on the global progress of women and girls and the gaps that remain. The 'No Ceilings' project will aggregate data from traditional sources, such as the World Bank, as well as less traditional ones, such as Google, to document progress since the United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing."6. A Psalm for Nobel Nominee Dr. Catherine Hamlin, 90, Who's Still Operating Rachel Marie Stone sings the praises of Dr. Hamlin, who at the age of 90, still performs fistula surgeries at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia — a hospital she and her husband founded after moving from Australia in 1959. Read her tribute at RNS.7. Sugar Todd is the Games' Sweetest Olympian Not many people would celebrate a 29th-place finish in speed skating, but Sugar Todd of Wisconsin is thrilled to be at the Olympics. Check out her sweet Tweets, highlighted at Mashable.8. V-Day: When Was the Last Time Your Pastor Preached on Violence Against Women? Tragically, violence against women is all too common in our world — affecting up to 70 percent of women, the UN estimates. Odds are it has affected the lives of many sitting in the pew beside you on Sundays. It's time to talk about it and become a place of healing. Don't know how to get started? Here's a FREE toolkit with a draft letter to your pastor, social media prompts, and educational articles for study.9. Questions About Egalitarian Dating Kate Wallace writes for the Junia Project: "In theory, all you have to do is find someone who you can love and who can love you back. But if you’re a Christian you also have to find someone who loves Jesus and the Church. And, if you are an egalitarian Christian, you also have to find someone who truly thinks of you as an equal and can live that out in everyday ways."10. Elizabeth Gilbert's Advice to Women: Get Out of Your Own Way Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love writes for ShriverReport.org: "Many of the big external obstacles (political, legislative) have been cleared for us by the great and brave women who came before us. We stand on their shoulders and should be grateful. But now we are left to battle the lingering prejudices in our own minds that say we are not worthy — not good enough, not strong enough, not talented enough, not brave enough."
Posted by God's Politics Editor 31 weeks 4 days ago
"I had seen their tears and sighs, and I had heard their groans, and I would give every drop of blood in my veins to free them." - Harriet Tubman Harriet Tubman + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 31 weeks 4 days ago
Hear what the Lord says: Rise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice. Hear, you mountains, the controversy of the Lord, and you enduring foundations of the earth; for the Lord has a controversy with [God's] people, and [the Lord] will contend with Israel. "O my people, what have I done to you? In what have I wearied you? Answer me!" - Micah 6:1-3 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 31 weeks 4 days ago
God, hear our call of pain. Make your spirit known to us. May we, as your people, remember to realign our lives to your dream for the world. Offer us the sustinance of your love that gives us the strength to continue. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 31 weeks 5 days ago
"All we ask for is justice — not mercy or palliation — simply justice. Surely that is not too much for loyal citizens of a free country to demand." - Florida Ruffin Ridley Florida Ruffin Ridley + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 31 weeks 5 days ago
Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of glory may come in. Who is the King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of glory may come in. - Psalm 24:7-9 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 31 weeks 5 days ago
God of the Sabbath, in your wisdom you created a day of rest, to recharge our minds and bodies. Send us your Spirit to guide us in wisdom, so that our care for ourselves does not fall by the wayside in our efforts to support those around us. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 31 weeks 6 days ago
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - 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 31 weeks 6 days ago
Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, "Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel." - Luke 2:27-32 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 31 weeks 6 days ago
Lord, when we weary of the journey, strengthen us by your Spirit to imagine new heavens and a new earth. May your light shine into the darkest parts of our lives and the darkest parts of our days. We ask that you make your presence known to us even in those darkest of times. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 5 hours ago
"The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression."  - W.E.B. Du Bois W.E.B. Du Bois + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 5 hours ago
Thus says the Lord: For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment; because they sell the righteous for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals— they who trample the head of the poor into the dust of the earth, and push the afflicted out of the way. - Amos 2:6-7 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 5 hours ago
Sustainer, may the Holy Spirit ignite within our hearts the compassion that Jesus felt when he saw the vast crowds. We pray for all who seek to follow Jesus Christ in serving and loving those around us. We pray for all who are searching for meaning in life, may the Holy Spirit touch them. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 3 days ago
"The past is a ghost, the future a dream. All we ever have is now." - Bill Cosby Bill Cosby + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 3 days ago
Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. - James 3:13-14 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 3 days ago
Holy Spirit, may you protect and strengthen those who suffer the threat of persecution for their faith in Jesus Christ. May the presence of God be with them in mind, body, and spirit. Increase our faith, so that we may work and pray more fervently to turn towards you. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 3 days ago
1. Philip Seymour Hoffman Did Not Have Choice or Free Will and Neither Do You Philip Seymour Hoffman died this week after an apparent heroin addiction relapse, leading many to eulogize the renowned actor and comment on the seeming waste of a good life. But this interesting post examines the terrifying lack of free will for addicts, "It is time for all of us who got through unscathed to stop patting ourselves on the back for our genetic good luck, and it is time to stop judging those who were not born with the same good genes as defective."2. How Evolution Helps Me Trust God Emily Maynard writes at A Deeper Story about her journey from creationist to evolutionist and how it deepened her faith in God. "I am intrigued by a God who breathes into a process and lets it run wild. I am captivated by the idea of a God who is mysterious and so steady, so enamored by small processes, that it would be worth billions of years of wait for this revelation."3. Boehner 'Taps Brakes' on Immigration Reform Due to Obama Distrust; Evangelicals Decry Inaction Evangelicals, business leaders, law enforcement officials, and more are ready for immigration reform, and many are speaking out against a possible roadblock in Congress.4. Sorry, Canada: The Americas According to Google's Autocomplete Check out this map of the Americas using Google autocomplete function and the search terms, "Why is [country name] …?" Poor Canada's top autofill: "Why is Canada a country?"  Click to see the U.S. and Latin America's terms.5. This Is Your Bible on Drugs Corrie Mitchell writes for OnFaith about the various biblical citations Christians are using to justify their pro- or anti-pot stance.6. UAE Law Requires Mothers to Breastfeed for First Two Years According to the World Health Organization's Global Data Bank on Infant and Young Child Feeding, while 93 percent of UAE children have breastfed at some point in their lives, only 29 percent are still breastfeeding at 2 years old. According to the social affairs minister, the new law could mean that husbands could sue wives for not breastfeeding.7. What MASH Did Not Teach Me About Marriage Does this sound familiar to your 12-year-old self? "Megan gets married to Jordan and lives in a shack with fifty kids, a Ferrari, vacations in Timbuktu, and is employed as a ditch digger. *Insert wild shrieking.*" Megan Gahan writes for SheLovesMagazine.com on MASH v. reality.8. 6 New Facts About Facebook for its 10th Birthday Baby spam? "Which [fill-in-the-blank] character are you" quizzes? FarmVille? Find out the top thing users dislike about Facebook. 9. How a Poor Theology of the Cross Created America's Broken Justice System "Our prisons are overflowing. Why? Because our theological framework has told us that justice can only be satisfied when someone has been properly and fully punished, instead of telling us that justice is most fully satisfied when a life has been restored. The justice we seek in society today all gets traced back to how we view the justice of the cross."10. WATCH: President Obama's Remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast In a speech highlighting international and domestic religious freedom, President Obama also reflected on his own religious life at the annual Prayer Breakfast. Watch the video here.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 4 days ago
"Leaving behind nights of terror and fear, I rise. Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear, I rise. Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I rise."  - Maya Angelou Maya Angelou, from "Still I Rise" + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 4 days ago
 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? - Psalm 27:1 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 4 days ago
God of the oppressed, we pray that you might help us all recognize the oppression around us. May we not be complicit in that oppression. We pray that your justice is done here on earth, that your kingdom comes here just as it is in heaven. Amen
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 5 days ago
"May suffering ones be suffering free and the fear-struck fearless be. May the grieving shed all grief — and the sick find health relief." - Zen chant Zen chant, from "Prayers for Hope and Comfort" + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 5 days ago
Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested. - Hebrews 2:17-18 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 5 days ago
God of love, we especially pray for those who suffer physically, mentally, or spiritually. May we welcome and meet the needs of those who come knocking at our door and may we find an open door when it is us who does the knocking. May we recognize your unending love for us and trust in your abundant grace to meet our needs beyond our expectations, each time we turn to you. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 6 days ago
"I never saw a moor, I never saw the sea; Yet know I how the heather looks, and what a wave must be. I never spoke with God, nor visited in heaven; Yet certain am I of the spot as if the chart were given." - Emily Dickenson  Emily Dickenson, "I Never Saw a Moor" + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 6 days ago
"I never saw a moor, I never saw the sea; Yet know I how the heather looks, and what a wave must be. I never spoke with God, nor visited in heaven; Yet certain am I of the spot as if the chart were given." - Emily Dickenson  Emily Dickenson, "I Never Saw a Moor" + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 6 days ago
My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God. - Psalm 84:2-3 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 6 days ago
My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God. - Psalm 84:2-3 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 6 days ago
How merciful are you, O Lord, when you receive us even with our doubts and suspicions. We pray to keep tiptoeing toward you without fear of rejection. We pray to keep up ourfeeble attempts at serving yuo even when we question the worth of our efforts. Amen. - Adapted from Common Prayer: A Liturgy of Ordinary Radicals
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 6 days ago
How merciful are you, O Lord, when you receive us even with our doubts and suspicions. We pray to keep tiptoeing toward you without fear of rejection. We pray to keep up ourfeeble attempts at serving yuo even when we question the worth of our efforts. Amen. - Adapted from Common Prayer: A Liturgy of Ordinary Radicals
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 5 hours ago
 "Pay attention to what I tell you: whoever you may be, always have God before your eyes, whatever you do, do it according to the testimony of the Holy Scriptures; in whatever place you live do not easily leave it. Keep these three precepts and you will be saved." - Abba Anthony  Abba Anthony + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 5 hours ago
The way of the righteous is level; O Just One, you make smooth the path of the righteous. In the path of your judgements, O Lord, we wait for you; your name and your renown are the soul’s desire. - Isaiah 26:7-8 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 5 hours ago
God of the covenant, your Son fulfills all the law, and teaches us that loving you and neighbor as ourselves is the greatest of all commandments. Grant us the grace to follow your laws and the wisdom to see them as an expression of this relationship of love. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 3 days ago
"Wage peace. Never has the word seemed so fresh and precious: Have a cup of tea and rejoice. Act as if armistice has already arrived. Celebrate today." - Judyth Hill Judyth Hill, from "Wage Peace" + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 3 days ago
For God is not unjust; [God] will not overlook your work and the love that you showed for [God's] sake in serving the saints, as you still do. And we want each one of you to show the same diligence, so as to realize the full assurance of hope to the very end, so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. - Hebrews 6:10-12 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 3 days ago
Heavenly God, your Son showed special love for children, as he taught us to be childlike in faith, and joyfully wonder at your blessings and grace. Grant us the grace to recognize your presence in the suffering of the poor and the powerless. Empower us with your Spirit to share the love of Jesus Christ through our words and actions. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 3 days ago
1. Pete Seeger Was Folk Music Pete Seeger died this week at 94. The legendary folk singer and champion for social change spurred countless tributes, like the above from Slate. Also see 2. this 2006 profile in The New Yorker, and spend some quality music time with 3. this clip of Bruce Springsteen paying tribute by singing "We Shall Overcome" at a concert this week.4. The Super Bowl and What It Teaches Us About Inequality "If you are a family of four and want to attend a Super Bowl, even if you are lucky enough to get tickets, you could easily be looking at a $10,000 outing. The other 99 percent of the tickets are reserved for the teams, advertisers, sponsors, and corporate folk, many of them resold at levels way above the list price."5. Privilege and The Pill Rachel Held Evans gives a pro-life defense of contraception coverage and takes on economic privilege and male privilege in this thoughtful piece. "… those who oppose coverage of birth control based on their religious or pro-life convictions must take into consideration the fact that lack of coverage may actually lead to more abortions. And we must remember that shrugging off birth control as something people should be able to easily pay for on their own betrays some of our own economic privilege in this conversation."6. Women Front and Center in Obama's State of the Union Address From the wage gap to early childhood education to his Twitter-friendly "Mad Men" reference, President Obama lifted up women in Tuesday night's speech. Al-Jazeera has the breakdown and reaction. 7. Video of The Beatles' Last Show, On It's 45th Anniversary Because it's Friday, and you need some more throwback music clips. 8. God, Same-Sex Marriage, and 33 Weddings at the Grammys ICYMI: During Sunday's Grammy Awards, Queen Latifah married 33 couples, some of them gay and lesbian, in a 51-second "ceremony(?)" set to Macklemore's "Same Love." Adam Ericksen argues that this "shortest wedding ceremony ever" actually trivializes marriage.9. Polar Vortex and Climate Change: Why Rush Limbaugh and Others Are Wrong It's frigid in most of the country (see: the Atlanta mess), so naturally, out stream the blog posts and talk radio noise repeating something along the lines of "it's cold, so global warming must not exist." The Weather Channel sets straight these, ahem, not-climate-scientists.10. WATCH: Kid President: The Kids Need To Know And a favorite: the latest installment from Kid President. "You can't spend your life relying on autocorrect. Learn to spell." Wise words, Kid President. This editor salutes you.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 4 days ago
"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it." - Martin Luther King, Jr.  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 4 days ago
O Lord, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill? Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right, and speak the truth from their heart; who do not slander with their tongue, and do no evil to their friends, nor take up a reproach against their neighbors. - Psalm 15:1-3 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 4 days ago
God of justice, we know that we often fail to actively protest the injustices around us. Help us to do what is right. Help us to speak truth. And help us not passively accept the evil we see in daily life. Lord, we pray that we might one day abide in your holy tent. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 5 days ago
"There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness may encounter. We sometimes lose sight of this force when there is suffering, too much pain. then suddenly the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways." - Mother Teresa Mother Teresa + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 5 days ago
"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you." - Matthew 5:10-12 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 5 days ago
God, break into our ordinary lives. Help us see your light piercing the darkness around us. As we come to you broken and beaten down by the world, let us rejoice in your love and acceptance of us. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 5 days ago
Editor's Note: The following is President Obama's State of the Union speech as prepared for delivery. Read Sojourners President Jim Wallis' statement HERE.Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans:Today in America, a teacher spent extra time with a student who needed it, and did her part to lift America’s graduation rate to its highest level in more than three decades.An entrepreneur flipped on the lights in her tech startup, and did her part to add to the more than eight million new jobs our businesses have created over the past four years.An autoworker fine-tuned some of the best, most fuel-efficient cars in the world, and did his part to help America wean itself off foreign oil.A farmer prepared for the spring after the strongest five-year stretch of farm exports in our history. A rural doctor gave a young child the first prescription to treat asthma that his mother could afford. A man took the bus home from the graveyard shift, bone-tired but dreaming big dreams for his son. And in tight-knit communities across America, fathers and mothers will tuck in their kids, put an arm around their spouse, remember fallen comrades, and give thanks for being home from a war that, after twelve long years, is finally coming to an end.Tonight, this chamber speaks with one voice to the people we represent: it is you, our citizens, who make the state of our union strong.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 6 days ago
 Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.  - Wendell Berry  Wendell Berry  + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 6 days ago
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help. Again, if two lie together, they keep warm; but how can one keep warm alone? And though one might prevail against another, two will withstand one. A threefold cord is not quickly broken. - Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 6 days ago
Bless the Lord, O my soul, how excellent is your greatness. Lord, wherever we look today, allow us to catch a glimpse of you. And whenever others look at us today, allow them to catch a glimpse of you. Amen. - Adapted from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals