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Progressive People of Faith: Jim Wallis

Jim Wallis is the Editor of Soujourners Magazine.

About Soujourners:

In 1995, Sojourners founded Call to Renewal, with many other partners and organizations, to specifically focus on poverty by uniting churches and faith-based organizations across the theological and political spectrum to lift up those whom Jesus called "the least of these." For more than a decade, Call to Renewal convened the broadest Christian table on poverty in America. In 2006, Sojourners and Call to Renewal re-united organizationally under the name Sojourners/Call to Renewal. In October 2007, the organizational name returned to Sojourners, while the special focus on uniting churches on poverty continued to be a priority in the advocacy work of Sojourners.


To read more:

https://sojo.net/about-us/our-history

Putting the message of Jesus in action.

After Syrian Gas Attack, Pope Francis Calls on World Leaders: End This Tragedy

From the article:

Pope Francis condemned the suspected chemical weapons attack that killed over 100 people†in Syria and renewed his call for an urgent political solution to end the war.......

In 2016 the Catholic Church contributed $200 million in humanitarian aid to 4.6 million people in Syria and the surrounding region, Gallagher said.


https://sojo.net/articles/after-syrian-gas-attack-pope-francis-calls-world-leaders-end-tragedy

When King broke the silence on Vietnam

From the article:

AMERICAN SCHOOLCHILDREN know that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed in the power of Christian love to redeem a world filled with hatred. But far fewer know his radical critique of American capitalism and war..

Martin Luther King's speech at Riverside Church in Harlem on April 4, 1967, explodes these myths and forces us to accept the fact that the most prominent and celebrated Black person in U.S. history is someone who challenged capitalism, nationalism, militarism and America's arrogant belief in its inherent righteousness.
The Riverside address, which has come to be known as the "Beyond Vietnam" speech, was also a challenge to the prevailing liberal consensus that civil rights activists had to, at all costs, preserve a "coalition" with the Democratic Party and President Lyndon Johnson...........

King described his ministry as a calling that stretches beyond national allegiances. About the Christians who counseled silence, he replied: "Could it be that they do not know that the Good News was meant for all men--for communist and capitalist, for their children and ours, for Black and for white, for revolutionary and conservative?"
Jesus, he reminded his listeners, was the one who loved his enemies "so fully that he died for them. What then can I say to the Vietcong or to Castro or to Mao as a faithful minister of this one? Can I threaten them with death or must I not share with them my life?"


To read more:
http://socialistworker.org/2017/04/04/when-king-broke-the-silence-on-Vietnam

Reverend King was number 3 on my Progressive people of faith series, but his progressive message bears repetition.

Are all anti-abortionists religious people?

Not at all, if this group is any indication.

From the website:


The Mission of Secular Pro-Life is to end elective abortion.*†We work toward this goal through:

Secularism. SPL seeks to increase the inclusiveness of the overall pro-life movement by creating space for pro-life atheists, agnostics, humanists, and other secularists. We also seek to provide pro-lifers of any religious or spiritual beliefs--or none at all--with the secular, pro-life perspective. We encourage all pro-lifers to understand the secular pro-life perspective so our movement can engage people using shared bases of understanding.


http://www.secularprolife.org/mission

Many times, the anti-abortion movement is treated as if it were the exclusive preserve of religious based groups that seek to impose their religious views on all Americans. This is seen as infringing on the idea that church and state must be separate. But what if anti-abortionists are not religious?

Wool stockings, or cotton?

In my opinion, wool is clearly superior to cotton in any weather. But I understand that some people prefer cotton, and some (misguided) people even prefer synthetics.

What do you say?

A Muslims Advice To American Christians

From the article:

The opening week of 2017 saw the publication of a remarkable book, Letters to a Young Muslim, written by Omar Saif Ghobash, the United Arab Emirates ambassador to Russia. Letters is a series of reflections about Islam explicitly addressed to the authorís teenage son but also, implicitly, to the entire Muslim Ummah, or worldwide community.
The book doubtlessly will stick in the craws of Americans who persist in believing, contrary to both evidence and common sense, that Islam is a monolithic cult of hatred and violence. It will also infuriate ISIS thugs besotted by their violence-soaked vision of a resurrected caliphate.


To read more;The opening week of 2017 saw the publication of a remarkable book, Letters to a Young Muslim, written by Omar Saif Ghobash, the United Arab Emirates ambassador to Russia. Letters is a series of reflections about Islam explicitly addressed to the authorís teenage son but also, implicitly, to the entire Muslim Ummah, or worldwide community.
The book doubtlessly will stick in the craws of Americans who persist in believing, contrary to both evidence and common sense, that Islam is a monolithic cult of hatred and violence. It will also infuriate ISIS thugs besotted by their violence-soaked vision of a resurrected caliphate:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/a-muslims-advice-to-american-christians_us_5874dab1e4b0eb9e49bfbf47?section=us_religion

And this excerpt is also interesting:

Thereís no finesse, no gradation of virtues or vices, no gray moral zone, no room for compassion or letting-live, in either the Islamist or Christian zealot world.


A Chorus of Violence: Jack Donovan and the Organizing Power of Male Supremacy

From the article:

Across the contemporary far right, perhaps no sound carries further than the chorus of moaning that emanates from the ďManosphere.Ē†...............

Donovan is emblematic of DiBrancoís theory that misogyny is a predominant force within the contemporary far-right, one that is uniting leaders of varying movements, opening them up to new audiences and vice versa.


To read more:
https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/03/27/chorus-violence-jack-donovan-and-organizing-power-male-supremacy?utm_campaign=HW%20Newsletter%2003282017&utm_medium=email&utm_source=EOACLK

White nationalism combined with misogyny. A natural combination.

Progressive people of faith, Part 4: Reverend William Barber

A quick capsule summary:

By the grace of God, Rev. Dr. Barber, along with local, state, and national NAACP leaders, has helped to lead the fight for voter rights, just redistricting, health care reform, labor and worker rights, protection of immigration rights, and reparation for women survivors of Eugenics, release of the Wilmington Ten and educational equality.† Rev. Dr. Barber has been arrested three times for civil disobedience as he stood for educational, economic and equal justice.


http://www.naacp.org/naacp-board-of-directors/board-member-dr-william-barber/

We are all aware of the Moral Monday Movement that Reverend Barber started in N. Carolina, but like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Reverend barber is active in many of the fights for social justice.

Dear White, Christian Trump Supporters: A Follow-Up

From the article:

My last post, addressed to white, Christian Trump supporters and calling for dialogue about common ground, brought an overwhelming response, including emails from a number of conservative readers. As I read and responded to emails, I noticed some things that have led me to respond and continue the conversation............

Still this leaves me wondering. While the conservative folks who emailed me did not vote for Trump in the primaries, obviously a lot of conservative Christians did. How do conservative Christians explain Christian support for Trump in the primaries (particularly when there were many other candidates who demonstrated a much more authentic Christian identity)? And why arenít more conservative Christians calling out Trumpís ongoing bad behavior?


Read more:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dear-white-christian-trump-supporters-a-follow-up_us_58af7b75e4b0e5fdf6196ff0?utm_hp_ref=Christianity

If we do not have dialogue with Trump supporters, do we simply accept a division and make no attempts to find commonality?

March 25 good news: 84 percent of the world population has faith........

One can search for negative news about religious adherents, and in a population of believers that number an estimated 5.8 billion out of the 6.9 billion world population, there are always negative incidents to be found.

But religion is a force for great good. In this country, for example, religious people were in the forefront of the abolition movement, in the forefront of the civil rights movement, and in the forefront of the peace movement.

So to remind us all of the positives, I have started to post short pieces about progressive people of faith to inspire and remind us all that no matter how dark it appears to be, the fight goes on, and religious people are a part of that progressive struggle.

I hope you will like the coming pieces.

Edited to add: Judging by the many views, it seems that there is great interest in hearing good news about religion.

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