Tag Archives: Social Justice

Spirituality & Occupy Wall Street: Leaders at the scene

October 15, 2011

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Faith leaders have joined the “Occupy Wall Street” throngs and and have given us their thoughts. Some samples …

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Video of the month, August 2011: Rich Nathan: A Both/And Church

August 9, 2011

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Rich Nathan, pastor of the Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Columbus, Ohio, discusses false contradictions and why it is necessary to be both-and Christians.

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“Immoral Wealth” and the Lausanne Conference

February 8, 2011

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“I guess I am tired of a “Gospel that protects the injustice of the status quo” (Richard Stearns). I am tired of wealth that perpetuates and sustains itself at the expense of the majority. I am tired of greed that justifies itself by itself . I am tired of a christian culture that buys into consumerism and the creation of desire. I am tired of the problem continually being defined as “poverty” without any consideration of the counterpoints of wealth and greed …”

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Integrity Shines: Aung San Suu Kyi and the heart of true leadership

November 15, 2010

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A living parable walked into freedom in Burma/Myanmar on Saturday. Aung San Suu Kyi is among those who awaken our stagnant conscience: “I should be like them. Everyone should.” They’re the true norm. Saint Francis is one of those parables. So is Solzhenitsyn. Gandhi is a third and Mother Theresa is a fourth – and then there’s Mandela. Hollywood’s glitz and glitter dims and sinks into now-insipid tinsel and sequins. Our frilly celebrities become pale, and we see our newly-elected tough-guy leaders for the thugs they are. We feel shame. We reward the attack ads. We elected those people.

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Tap Dancing at the Cataclysm

June 21, 2010

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So there are two ants on an ant hill, see, and both ants feel the ground tremble and boom. They notice this gargantuan creature – this sky-high behemoth – walking toward them. One ant says to the other ant: “Human: better run.” The other ant replies: “No worries. Humans would never hurt us because I’ve constructed a psychological/sociological grid – a theoretical model, if you will – of a human being.

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When Language Smothers Conversation

June 17, 2010

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The coal mine’s canary is hacking, spitting, gasping, and turning blue – so yell at it. Question its motives. Tell it the fumes are imaginary. Drop hints that it’s wheezing a heretical wheeze.

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Cannibals in a Con-Artist Culture

June 4, 2010

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A riddle and a question have hounded me recently. The riddle: “What is the difference between members of the pro-life movement and cannibals?” The answer is easy: “Cannibals eat their enemies.”

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Who should stand in the dock?

June 1, 2010

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What happens when the would-be dragon slayer peers into the mirror and sees a flame-throwing reptile?

That’s the real question as tar balls wash ashore in the Gulf and the ooze seeps into the reeds of Louisiana’s marshes.

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The Arithmetic of Fear

April 28, 2010

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by Carlene Byron  Do you have a copy of the US National Debt Clock ticking away on your computer’s desktop? Last time I looked online, a couple days ago, we were at $12.87 trillion, a pretty staggering number.  I wish there were an equivalent US Personal Debt Clock available. Because that number is also staggering.  […]

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A Scandalous Scandal Scandalizes The Scandalizers

April 12, 2010

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The outcry over God’s failure to adjust himself to human expectations reached a high-pitched scream yesterday with yet another startling revelation: God – the Great “I AM,” The Almighty Monarch, the Creator of all Existence, the One Who Pulled the Pin at the Big Bang – is registered with neither major American political party.

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