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Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 3 weeks ago
Lord, when we strive after healing in the world and nourishment for those who hunger, we find you at our side. Whenever we long to see your face, help us not to avoid the corners of our communities where you most often dwell. Stir our hearts that we might seek and find you today in those places where you have promised to be. Amen. - Adapted from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 3 weeks ago
1. Research Shows Those Who Give Feel, and Look, Better Philanthropy isn’t just good for the soul; it’s good for our health and looks, too. 2. A Religious Sting Operation A Mormon bishop goes church disguised as a homeless man in order to teach his congregation something about compassion 3. Hug It Out for YouTube A YouTube mascot has been moving through Karachi, Pakistan, with a placard: "If you want me back, hug me.” The video service has been banned in Pakistan for more than a year. 4. In 1968, Minimum Wage Kept Family of Three Out of Poverty Graph illustrates what would happen to the minimum wage in relationship to poverty if Congress passes a bill to gradually increase the minimum. 5. The Pope in Disguise? Vatican officials deny reports the pope has been slipping out at night to visit the poor in Rome, but such tales seem in line with Francis’ unconventional and pastoral style. 6. Celibacy, Sex, and the Priest While Pope Francis speaks a lot about change, clerical celibacy hasn’t gotten much attention. Bill Keller of the New York Times tells the story of one of his teaching nuns who married a priest later in life. Keller says, “If I’m an émigré from the country of Catholicism, the Hydars would be best described as dissidents who stayed. They ended up in one of the many small communities of disaffected Catholics.” 7. Tips for Jesus! Forget 15, 18, or 20 percent tips for the wait staff, the anonymous person (or people) behind @TipsforJesus has been way more generous than that. 8. A Pastor's Confession on Immigration A Pastor repents of his previous stance on immigration, telling of the story of those around him. 9. They’re Tough on the Outside, But Inside... These mean looking bikers aren’t what you might have first thought. They’re helping protect children who have been sexually abused. 10. How the Media Treated Women in 2013 There was a lot to celebrate this year for women in the media. But some things aren't changing fast enough. Check out an overview of how the media treated women this year
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 3 weeks ago
There was a lot to celebrate this year for women in the media. But some things aren't changing fast enough. Check out an overview of how the media treated women this year below courtesy of the folks over at Miss Representation.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 3 weeks ago
In response to the passing of Nelson Mandela, Jim Wallis, President of Sojourners, issued the following statement:"Nelson Mandela was the most important political leader of the 20th century. While Roosevelt and Churchill helped protect the West and the world from Hitler’s Nazism, Mandela heroically exemplified the historic movement against colonialism and racism that oppressed the global south, depicted so dramatically in South Africa’s apartheid. And from a Christian point of view, Nelson Mandela combined justice and reconciliation like no other political leader of his time, shaped by the spiritual formation of 27 years in prison. Mandela’s life has blessed the world with courage and hope. For me, Nelson Mandela has been an ideal of what leaders can be. Being with him after his release from prison, and being present at his presidential inauguration, gave me a sense of a moral authority that I have never experienced with any other political leader."
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 3 weeks ago
"If our life's destiny is centered only on our five senses, then it is earthly, but if we can connect from within and find an internal spirit of Truth, it becomes heavenly. This is pure love that has no boundries. This is the love that Jesus talk about." - Otto Monica Monica Jeddah Otto + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 3 weeks ago
And again Isaiah says, "The root of Jesse shall come, the one who rises to rule the Gentiles; in him the Gentiles shall hope." May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. - Romans 15:12-13 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 3 weeks ago
God of unending grace, our lives are rooted in your limitless and life-giving gift. Your son Jesus Christ invites us to respond to your foundation of grace by living our faith through acts of service, compassion, and justice. We pray for those around us whose families are torn apart by unjust laws. Empower us by your Spirit to act faithfully in the name of your son. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 3 weeks ago
"To wait. To hope. To dream. We share these human longings — we creatures of the Almighty." - Katerina Katsarka Whitley Katerina Katsarka Whitley, from Waiting for the Wonder + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 3 weeks ago
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’ Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices, together they sing for joy; for in plain sight they see the return of the Lord to Zion. - Isaiah 52:7-10 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 3 weeks ago
God of our salvation, all our longing is known to you, our sighing is not hidden from you. You comfort your people. We pray for ourselves and those dear to us. Your reign draws near. We pray for our community and for our neighbors. Your salvation reaches to the ends of the earth. We pray for the world, that your kingdom may come and your will may be done. Amen. - Adapted from Take Our Moments and Our Days (Vol. 2): Advent through Pentecost
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 3 weeks ago
"I’m not a theologian, but I learned about the theology of the incarnation. One of the beautiful things I read is that you cannot redeem what you will not assume. It says to me experience of God among us was God among the poorest of the poor—colonized, marginalized, suffering, oppressed people. If I want to redeem that, I have to be willing to assume that, to become one with that." - Alexie Torres-Fleming  Alexie Torres-Fleming + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 3 weeks ago
Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. - Romans 13:11-12 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 3 weeks ago
Lord, it was not enough for you to care for the poor. You chose to become one of them by descending as you did. Keep us free from fear and selfish preoccupations that we may walk as you walked among the poor, sick, and dying in body and spirit. Amen. - From Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 3 weeks ago
"All guests who arrive should be received as Christ, for he himself will say, 'I was a strange and you took me in.'" - Saint Benedict of Nursia  St. Benedict, Rule of St. Benedict 53.1 + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 3 weeks ago
Then Peter began to speak to [the Gentiles]: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears [God] and does what is right is acceptable to [God]. You know the message [God] sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ — he is Lord of all. - Acts 10:34-36 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 3 weeks ago
God of hope, fill our hearts with an Advent hope. As we wait expectantly for the coming of your son, may our longing of Christ's glory shape us into a people of hope and expectation, joy, and trust in the glory that is yet to come. May we live in light of this desire for the fullness of the glory of your son. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 4 weeks ago
“When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness... all the good things.” - Maya Angelou Maya Angelou + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 4 weeks ago
It was the duty of the trumpeters and singers to make themselves heard in unison in praise and thanksgiving to the Lord, and when the song was raised, with trumpets and cymbals and other musical instruments, in praise to the Lord, "For [God] is good, for [God's] steadfast love endures for ever," the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, - 2 Chronicles 5:13 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 4 weeks ago
Sovereign God, your son Jesus Christ assures us that you will continue to speak loving words to humankind, especially through the worst of circumstances. May the kingdom continue to come nearer, as we strive to live and share your love with others. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 4 weeks ago
"Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving." - W.T. Purkiser W.T. Purkiser + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 4 weeks ago
Because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. - 2 Corinthians 4:14-15 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 4 weeks ago
God, amid football, family, and too much food, we pause quickly and without inconvenience to remember and to thank. We thank you for our wealth and our safety, and are aware of how close to poverty we are and how under threat we live.  We gladly affirm that "All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above," but we yield to none in a sense of self-sufficiency, our weariness in needing to share, our resentfulness of those who take and do not give. Move through our half measure of thanks and let us be, all through this day, more risky in acknowledging that we have nothing except what you give. Amen. - Adapted from "At Thanksgiving," in Prayers for a Privileged People by Walter Brueggemann.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 4 weeks ago
"Never work just for money or for power. They won't save your soul or help you sleep at night." - Marian Wright Edelman  Marian Wright Edelman + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 4 weeks ago
When [Ruth] got up to glean, Boaz instructed his young men, ‘Let her glean even among the standing sheaves, and do not reproach her. You must also pull out some handfuls for her from the bundles, and leave them for her to glean, and do not rebuke her.’ - Ruth 2:15-16 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 4 weeks ago
Lord, steady our feet when the world tries to rock and shake our faith. When materialsim beckons with coy hands, steay our feet. When lust sashays within us, steady our feet. When fear tugs at our knees, steady our faith. Show us your goodness, and steady our hearts in you. Amen. - From Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 4 weeks ago
(Editors Note: Due to Thanksgiving, we''ve compiled the stories from the week so far. Enjoy that turkey!) 1. What Americans (Still) Want From Immigration Reform Sixty-three percent of Americans favor providing a way for immigrants who are currently living in the United States illegally to become citizens provided they meet certain requirements, while 14% support allowing them to become permanent legal residents but not citizens. 2. Religious Americans Give More, New Study Finds The more important religion is to a person, the more likely that person is to give to a charity of any kind, according to new research released by Connected America. Among Americans who claim a religious affiliation, the study said, 65 percent give to charity. Among those who do not identify a religious creed, 56 percent make charitable gifts. 3. High Stakes Raids on Religious Groups? From Scientology to the Apostles of Infinite Love in Canada, the Pinnacle Rastafari in Jamaica and Hikari no Wa in Japan, an expert claims that governments are raiding nontraditional religious groups like never before. 4. Wear Pants to Church Day Last December, a grassroots effort by Mormon feminists urged women to wear pants to church  — something that is nowhere forbidden by LDS doctrine but in some locations has been frowned upon by the conservative subculture of Mormondom. Women will be doing it again Dec. 15. 5. Looking to Australia to Celebrate Thanksgiving Australia acknowledges its Aboriginal culture far more than America acknowledges Native American roots. This Thanksgiving, should we look for inspiration Down Under?  6. The Macy''s Thanksgiving Parade Balloons Used to Be Extremely Creepy Windy weather may ground the giant balloons at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year, but decades ago, you might have preferred skipping these creepy-looking balloons. 7. The Supersized American Turkey Those turkeys just keep getting bigger and bigger. 8. Solar-Powered Bikes Here’s a way to give your two wheels extra power without relying on electricity — but balancing might be a bit tough. 9. Five Characteristics of Happiness The science of positive psychology has revealed five character strengths especially connected with higher levels of happiness. Do you have any of them? 10. A new literary mash-up: Amish romance and vampire tales Amish Vampires in Space is the latest literary mash-up to gain rave reviews and social media buzz. It’s part of a small but growing group of new bonnet and bloodsucker books that combine two of today’s best-selling genres: Amish romance and vampire tales. 
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 4 weeks ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 4 weeks ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 4 weeks ago
Lord, hear our prayer for the Church, may we come together as one body, and offer our compassion and care to those around who suffer the most. May God's kingdom come, and restore us all to the fullness of life. As our world struggles with suffering, may we put our trust in your love and mercy to see us through to the glory of your presence. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 4 weeks ago
"It is crucial too that we keep remembering that negotiations, peace talks, forgiveness, and reconciliation happen most frequently to between friends, not between those who life one another. They happen precisely because people are at loggerheads and detest one another as only enemies can. But enemies are potential allies, friends, colleagues, and collaborators." - Desmond Tutu  Desmond Tutu, No Future Without Forgiveness + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 4 weeks ago
"It is crucial too that we keep remembering that negotiations, peace talks, forgiveness, and reconciliation happen most frequently to between friends, not between those who life one another. They happen precisely because people are at loggerheads and detest one another as only enemies can. But enemies are potential allies, friends, colleagues, and collaborators." - Desmond Tutu  Desmond Tutu, No Future Without Forgiveness + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 4 weeks ago
Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. A voice cries out: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. - Isaiah 40:1-3 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 4 weeks ago
Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. A voice cries out: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. - Isaiah 40:1-3 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 4 weeks ago
Creating Spirit, we marvel at your continual creation. We bask in your grace and mercy, recognizing the ways we fall short of your glory every day. We thank you for making new hearts in us, so that we may serve you more fully. We pray that your Holy Spirit may enliven us to live whole lives for you. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 4 weeks ago
Creating Spirit, we marvel at your continual creation. We bask in your grace and mercy, recognizing the ways we fall short of your glory every day. We thank you for making new hearts in us, so that we may serve you more fully. We pray that your Holy Spirit may enliven us to live whole lives for you. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 5 weeks ago
"Only by learning to live in harmony with your contradictions can you keep it all afloat." - Audre Lorde  Audre Lorde + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 5 weeks ago
But when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.’ Then he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded. - Mark 6:49-51 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 5 weeks ago
God of life, may our lives be a song that praises your son's name through all that we say and do. Grant us prudence to know that your son's command to love you and our neighbor also includes the command to love oneself. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one god, forever and ever. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 5 weeks ago
1. 805 Speakers, 159 Women Jonathan Merritt’s informal study of prominent evangelical conferences found that only 19 percent of speakers at plenary sessions were women led to a lot of buzz in the Christian world. Check out which conferences he looked at. 2. But Americans Don’t Have to Wait for Health Care ... Do We? The Commonwealth Fund’s annual report on health care in 14 developed countries shows that America spends 50 percent more per capita than does Norway, the next-most-expensive nation. Yet, if you’re sick and need a same-day or next-day appointment, you’re more likely to get it in seven other countries. 3. Zombies 101? Colleges Offer Courses on the Undead Monmouth University in New Jersey is the latest school to offer a course on the growing zombie phenomenon. "Zombies: Social Anxiety & Pop Culture" was among the first courses to fill up when students at the private university in West Long Branch registered for fall classes. But studying zombies also involves some serious scholarship, said Edward González-Tennant, the professor of the class. 4. Catholicism Gets Funny Catholic humor is spreading — from Stephen Colbert and other comedians to Eye of the Tiber, the Catholic version of The Onion. 5. Charlotte Churches Get Cameos in ‘Homeland’ Ever wondered where some of the Middle Eastern scenes featured in Showtime’s Homeland really took place? Blogger Tim Funk tells about a few churches in Charlotte, N.C., used as film sets. 6. Santorum to GOP: You Can Learn Something From Francis Rick Santorum, the former senator who ran for president, believes that Republicans should look to Pope Francis as a model for maintaining beliefs while agreeing to talk about common ground. 7. Vancouver’s Banning Doorknobs Vancouver, Canada, is phasing out traditional round doorknobs in favor of easier-to-grasp levers in a nod to its aging population. Perhaps, it’s also a nod to the commandment to honor thy mother and father? 8. Restless America Using 2012 census data, analyst Chris Walker gives an interactive kaleidoscope look at migration patterns in the United States. 9. Racial Preferences and Online Dating Data from the Facebook dating app, Are You Interested?, finds, in a surprise twist, that all racial groups prefer another race over their own. 10. Preachers, Snakes and Salvation — Oh, My! A Tennessee pastor pleads not guilty to keeping dozens of poisonous snakes that he and his parishioners touch during services. "This ain’t no longer just a fight for snake handling," Andrew Hamblin, pastor of the Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette and a star of National Geographic’sSnake Salvation, said. "This is a fight for freedom of religion."
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 5 weeks ago
Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated. - Coretta Scott King  Coretta Scott King + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 5 weeks ago
For I know how many are your transgressions, and how great are your sins— you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe, and push aside the needy in the gate. Therefore the prudent will keep silent in such a time; for it is an evil time. - Amos 5:12-13 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 5 weeks ago
Jesus, please remember us, and that will strengthen us to turn again to you, to choose life, to work for justice and peace, to practice hospitality, to love our neighbors, and to trust that you will strengthen and equip us for the task. Thanks be to God. Amen.- From Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 5 weeks ago
"Each person must live their life as a model for others." - Rosa Parks Rosa Parks + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 5 weeks ago
The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims [God's] handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. - Psalm 19:1-4 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 5 weeks ago
God of unending grace, through your son Jesus Christ you bless humankind with endless gifts and talents so that we may help proclaim and make present the fullness of your kingdom. May we use our gifts wholly and readily, giving glory to you as the source of all that is true, good, and life-giving. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 5 weeks ago
"Most of us have half-a-dozen or so favorite anxieties, like bitter sweets we suck on endlessly. We would be frightened to be deprived of them. Jesus challenges us to go beyond the fear of letting go of anxiety, the fear we have of peace itself." - Laurence Freeman Laurence Freeman + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 5 weeks ago
For lo, the one who forms the mountains, creates the wind, reveals [God's] thoughts to mortals, makes the morning darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth— the Lord, the God of hosts, is [God's] name! - Amos 4:13 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 5 weeks ago
God of mercy, we pray for the passion to seek Christ's healing presence in our lives. We pray for the Holy Spirit to shape our hearts, keeping us from judgmental grumbling at the conversion of those who might be most in need of God's forgiveness and grace. May we run with hopeful joy to meet your Son each day of our lives, making room in our hearts for his sanctifying presence. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 5 weeks ago
"Jesus does not need books or doctors to teach souls. He, the Doctor of doctors, teaches without the noise of words. I have never heard Him speak and yet I know He is in me. At every moment, He guides me and inspires me." - Thérèse of Lisieux Thérèse of Lisieux + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
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And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the market-places, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed. - Mark 6:56 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail