Standing with the marginalized, seeking peace and justice

The life that Jesus lived had concrete social and economic implications. To follow Jesus today, Christians are called to stand in solidarity with those who experience oppression and poverty. Christian communities have an obligation to care for those who have been treated unjustly, often in the name of faith. This involves empowering and resourcing them, advocating with them, and removing boundaries to their betterment. Care for peace and justice transcends borders, calling for action on the local, national and global level. Jesus also recognized that poverty is not always material. Many suffer from a spiritual impoverishment that leaves them searching for meaning though wealth, power and status. The path of Jesus involves attention to poverty and injustice in all its forms.
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“The Long Road to Freedom” by Jacqui Lewis

SERMONS  |  Convergence Network

Dr. Jacqui Lewis is Senior Minister Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village of Manhattan. Middle Church is a dynamic 900-member multiracial, multicultural, inclusive congregation in which everyone is welcome just as they are as they come through the door. Lewis is also the Executive Director of The Middle Project, an institute that prepares ethical leaders for a more just society....

God and Guns

COMMENTARY  |  Convergence Network

Riverside Church in the City of New York, in partnership with Everytown for Gun Safety, hosts "God and Guns: Faith Leaders Address Gun Violence", an intensive training on gun violence for faith leaders. Interview segments include Rev. Rachel Johnson, Rev. Rob Schenck, Lucy McBath, and Abigail Disney (director of the documentary film "Armor Of Light"). Filmed & edited for Manhattan Neighborhood Network....

Commentary on John 4:5-42

COMMENTARY  |  Brian McLaren

John 4 represents the founding narrative for the presence of a considerable number of Samaritans in the Johannine community....

WOMEN GATHER

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Living Lectionary

Nomad: A Spirituality For Traveling Light (Book)

OTHER RESOURCES  |  BrandanRobertson

A copy of Brandan Robertson's book "Nomad: A Spirituality For Traveling Light" ...

The Biblical Roots of Islam

SERMONS  |  Dwight Lee Wolter

Genesis 16:1-12, 15; 17:20; 21:1-3, 8-21

A shared sermon conducted with a Muslim physician about Abram, Sarai, Hagar and Ishmael that includes music and other modalities that embraces commonality in a worshipful context.
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Breathed to Breathe

SERMONS  |  Living Lectionary

John 20:19-25

http://www.crosswalknapa.org/blog/2017/4/23/breathed-to-breathe

You are loved by God, animated by the very breath of God to carry you through, so that you may breathe life into people and situations where death threatens in myriad forms. 
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BRIDGING THE DIVIDE PODCAST

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Living Lectionary

Luke 18

http://www.storydivine.com/?p=381

A PODCAST on BRIDGING THE DIVIDE...

TEACHING GUIDE TO VIOLENCE- FRANCE

SMALL GROUPS  |  Living Lectionary

Psalm 10

https://faithelement.net/nice-france-teaching-guide/

A teaching guide and Resource on violence that had happened in France
Great Questions and How to discuss the Violence. ...

A Hymn After Gun Violence

WORSHIP  |  Living Lectionary

Isaiah 4:2; 1 John 4:18; James 3:1-12; Micah 6:8; Matthew 25:35

A hymn written after the Orlando mass killings, plus other hymns for reflection on gun violence:


To see the complete resource, click here: http://www.carolynshymns.com/to_a_place_of_celebration.html

To a Place of Celebration
EBENEZER 8.7.8.7 D ("Why Do Nations Rage Together")

To a place of celebration filled with laughter, dancing, joy,
Came such violent devastation — one man's efforts to destroy.
God, we grieve for loved ones taken; we lament, "What can we do?"
Now, we're feeling lost and shaken; heal our nation! Make us new!
Weapons kill — and so does silence; hear our prayer as we confess:
We have given in to violence, we have bowed to hopelessness.
God, we've lost our sense of vision of a world where there will be
Plowshares made from violent weapons, justice in society.
Give our leade...

Justice Episode 1: For the Love of God

COMMENTARY  |  Darkwood Brew

What does the Bible say about God’s love? Who does God love? What is God’s love? How can we love each other because “God first loved us?” This is the first episode in a series that explores the story of God’s love in the Bible, how it relates to how we love each other, especially talking about homosexuality. Darkwood Brew probes this important topic, and this provocative six-session series focuses on God’s love, the Bible, and homosexuality....

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