My Prayer for Traveling Mercies
Sojomail - February 7, 2008
Bleeding-heart liberals could accomplish far more if they reached out to build common cause with bleeding-heart conservatives.
- Columnist Nicholas Kristof, in an article titled, "Evangelicals a Liberal Can Love." One example he cites: "In parts of Africa where bandits and warlords shoot or rape anything that moves, you often find that the only groups still operating are Doctors Without Borders and religious aid workers: crazy doctors and crazy Christians."(Source: The New York Times)
A Lenten Prayer for Traveling Mercies
Here is his prayer that I will be using during the book tour. It's called The Prayer of Abandonment—something I am not particularly good at. Maybe his prayer might also be helpful to you, and perhaps we could pray it together during these important days for this movement of faith justice. Thank you all. I hope and pray that it will further the mission that draws together all among you who consider yourselves Sojourners. Father, I abandon myself into your hands; Let only your will be done in me, Into your hands I commend my soul:
A Lenten Prayer for Traveling Mercies
Here is his prayer that I will be using during the book tour. It's called The Prayer of Abandonment—something I am not particularly good at. Maybe his prayer might also be helpful to you, and perhaps we could pray it together during these important days for this movement of faith justice. Thank you all. I hope and pray that it will further the mission that draws together all among you who consider yourselves Sojourners.
Father, I abandon myself into your hands;
Let only your will be done in me,
Into your hands I commend my soul:
With Romney Out, Will Coulter Campaign for Clinton? (by Becky Garrison)
Conservative pundits and Religious Right power-brokers went into extra innings to ensure that Romney would score some serious home runs on Super Tuesday. As they stepped up to the plate, some of their plays veered into foul territory. For example, Ann Coulter struck out by stating that if McCain wins the nomination, she will actually campaign for Hillary Clinton.
In late January I had the great honor of being a participant in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. I was invited to participate in dialogue among Muslim, Jewish, and Christian leaders about "improving the state of the world."
Young, Brown, and Weird (by Anna Almendrala)
I don't count myself as oppressed or downtrodden—one of the good things about going to a majority white school in California is that it pretty much correlates to receiving an excellent public education (once you put all the privileged kids in the same institution, their privilege usually follows them). I made it into University of California-Berkeley straight out of high school, so I guess being called a "chink" once a year was totally worth it.
A New Baptist Unity for Social Justice (by Adam Taylor)
As an associate minister at a church that's a member of both the American Baptist Church and the Progressive National Baptist Convention, I straddle the historic black and predominantly white Baptist worlds. It was significant that this gathering took place in the seat of the South and demonstrated a genuine commitment to uniting across the racial divide. An entire worship service focused on the theme of welcoming the stranger and dealt head-on with the polemical issue of immigration - emphasizing the need for a biblically-based response characterized by compassion, mercy, and justice.
Back in October, Diana Butler Bass asked on this blog, "What Will Dobson Do?" Back then, Guiliani was the front-runner and Dobson was threatening to bolt the party if he became the nominee. Today, he sent an alert to Focus on the Family Action lamenting: "But what a sad and melancholy decision this is for me and many other conservatives. Should Sen. McCain capture the nomination as many assume, I believe this general election will offer the worst choices for president in my lifetime. I certainly can't vote for Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama based on their virulently anti-family policy positions. If these are the nominees in November, I simply will not cast a ballot for president for the first time in my life."
The Democratic exit poll asks the standard questions about church attendance (where Barack Obama swept the board among those who attend more than weekly, weekly, monthly, a few times a year, or never), and about religion (Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, other, or none -- where Obama also won all categories). In the Republican exit poll, they asked the same two questions, but then also asked whether the person was a "born-again or evangelical Christian."
Beyond Super Tuesday (by Mary Nelson)
I haven't seen as much interest around a primary election in a long time. Despite the experiences of defeat around issues so important to my low-income community - the fear of recession, the dragged-out Iraq war and the billions of dollars diverted for war that we need spent on improving the health and future of our youth - there is a tangible sense of hope and possibilities. As Caroline Kennedy told of her own experience, youth are speaking out to their parents about the future, about the candidates, and getting involved. There will be change in whoever becomes president, and that gives us hope for a new direction for the country, especially in how we spend our money.
Crazy Evangelicals (by Brian McLaren)
As an evangelical, I occasionally watch late-night religious broadcasting and the word "crazy" comes to mind in a different way. But thankfully, Kristoff is right: there's a new kind of craziness spreading among evangelicals. It's the belief that the impossible can happen – that yes, we can stop global warming, yes, we can redirect the economy to benefit the poor majority, and yes, we can build bridges of peace instead of razor-wire-topped walls of distrust.
American Gangster, Jim Wallis
Last week we began the national 20-city book tour for The Great Awakening in Portland, Oregon, at a majestic old venue called the Bagdad theater. It's a renovated 1920s era cinema, one part Grand Old Opry and two parts Ali Baba – complete with a retro, neon-lit marquee. Imagine my surprise when I pulled up to the theater to find my name up in lights immediately above the name of the feature film screening later that evening. It read...
During the 2004 election cycle, I was bombarded repeatedly with messages about how young voters had failed to be involved in the electoral process. My generation—the Millennials—was failing to live up to its potential, it seemed. This time we're starting to shake things up—and people are taking note.
A common question over the last few years has been for proof that the movement I describe has a real and measurable constituency. "Give us a sign," they say. The headline from the latest Barna Group report is another such sign: Born-Again Voters No Longer Favor Republican Candidates.
Because I was born in 1963, I qualify as a bottom-of-the-barrel "baby boomer" (a person born between 1946 and 1964). I'm not ready to make a post-workforce transition or second-half-of-life vocational shift, but I'm watching my elders who are.
Far from advancing a "politics only" solution, because evil and sin are real, and because they are manifest in our worst social problems, it takes a work of the Spirit to really change things.
We did it! Thanks so much to everyone who responded to our call to help put Jim’s newest book, The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith and Politics in a Post-Religious Right America, on The New York Times best-seller list.
The Great Awakening is now officially #10 on The New York Times list, which will appear in the paper this Sunday, Feb. 10.
Here at Sojourners, we’ve learned how critical the list is to getting the media attention for our message. Because of thousands of readers like you, a voice for progressive faith is now being heard nationally – from interviews on talk radio shows to local newspaper coverage to national news networks.
Find out more about The Great Awakening at our new book Web site: www.sojo.net/greatawakening. There you can find (or start!) a book group in your area, download a free study guide or screensaver, and watch a video about the book.
Jim Wallis: Primaries Show Evangelicals Moving in a Different Direction
Is there a Great Awakening? Q&A with Jim Wallis
Religious Right and the GOP
Editorial: Healing; Harshness Opposed
Putting Jesus back in politics, at last!
Evangelicals a Liberal Can Love
Islam and Christianity: changing the subject; Pope Benedict and Muslims
"Sojourners in the news" articles are the most recent news clippings that mention Sojourners in any way - whether favorably or unfavorably. Though we provide the text on our site for your convenience, we do not necessarily endorse the views of these articles or their source publications.
Christians. Muslims. Hindus. Buddhists. And so many more. We can fight. Or not - as shown in Borders and Bridges: Mennonite Witness in a Religiously Diverse World. "These honest, unpretentious stories reveal decades of Mennonite involvement in interfaith relationships. They should do much to dispel the popular idea that religion only makes conflicts worse." - Gayle Gerber Koontz, Professor of Theology and Ethics, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary. For information and orders see www.CascadiaPublishingHouse.com
|GIVE TO SOJOURNERS: Donate now to support this voice for justice and peace.
GET THE MAGAZINE: Subscribe today