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Valerie Weaver-Zercher: Suburban Spirituality

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The critics of the suburbs say that you and I live narrow lives. I agree. My life is narrow. From one perspective or another, all our lives are narrow. Only when lives are placed side by side do they seem […]

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Voice of the Day: James C. Fenhagen

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The biblical use of the word “righteousness” is the moral equivalent of what we mean when we speak of holiness. It incorporates such concerns as a passion for justice and a concern for truth along with the need to live […]

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Verse of the Day: The Righteous and the Wicked

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The righteous know the rights of the poor; the wicked have no such understanding. – Proverbs 29:7-7 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail

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Verse of the Day: Rest and Redistribution

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For six years you shall sow your land and gather in its yield; but the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow, so that the poor of your people may eat; and what they leave the wild […]

Voice of the Day: Norman Wirzba

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Christ is the true philosopher because he embodies in his ministry the welcoming and caring reception of others so that they might more fully be the beings they are meant to be. Indeed, in the Christlike effort to understand, serve, […]

Voice of the Day: Thomas Merton

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Religious silence is silence that is undertaken as an act of worship. Whether I hear God or not makes no difference. – Thomas Mertonquoted in Alive Now! November/December 1990 + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via […]

Verse of the Day: Lies of False Prophets

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The word of the Lord came to me: Mortal, say to it: You are a land that is not cleansed, not rained upon in the day of indignation. Its princes within it are like a roaring lion tearing the prey; […]

Voice of the Day: on True Compassion

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Honest, direct confrontation is a true expression of compassion…The illusion of power must be unmasked, idolatry must be undone, oppression and exploitation must be fought, and all who participate in these evils must be confronted. This is compassion. – Donald […]

Verse of the Day: Righteousness

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For the righteous will never be moved; they will be remembered forever. They are not afraid of evil tidings; their hearts are firm, secure in the Lord. Their hearts are steady, they will not be afraid; in the end they […]

Voice of the Day: Joan Chittister

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Why do people think the spiritual life demands withdrawal drom the ordinary? Because they’ve been taught, at least by implication, that the physical is a block to the spiritual. When we assume that the spiritual, unlike the physical, is impervious […]

Verse of the Day: Fear the Lord

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You shall not defraud your neighbor; you shall not steal; and you shall not keep for yourself the wages of a laborer until morning. You shall not revile the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind; you shall […]

Voice of the Day: Thomas Aquinas

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God acts mercifully not by contradicting his justice but by doing what is over and above it …. Mercy does not displace justice; rather it is the fullness of justice. – Thomas Aquinas + Sign up to receive our quote […]

The Lord enters into judgment with the elders and …

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The Lord enters into judgment with the elders and princes of his people: It is you who have devoured the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses. What do you mean by crushing my people, by grinding […]

Verse of the Day: Judgement

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The Lord enters into judgment with the elders and princes of his people: It is you who have devoured the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses. What do you mean by crushing my people, by grinding […]

Voice of the Day: Naim Ateek

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To keep struggling against hate and to practice forgiveness need not mean abdicating one’s rights or renouncing justice. This should be emphasized over and over again. It is part of loving one’s enemy that Christians must remind the “enemy” of […]

Verse of the Day: Hypocrisy

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Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor, “Friend, let me take out the speck in your eye,’ when you […]

Voice of the Day: Rabbi Jack Riemer on Prayer and Action

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We cannot merely pray to You, O God to end war:For we know You made the world in a wayThat we must find our own path of peaceWithin ourselves and with our neighbor. We cannot merely pray to You, O […]

Verse of the Day: Obeying the Lord

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Why do you call me “Lord, Lord,” and do not do what I tell you? – Luke 6:46 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail

Voice of the Day: Thomas Merton

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I have the immense joy of being [human], a member of a race in which God became incarnate. As if the sorrows and stupidities of the human condition could overwhelm me, now I realize what we all are. And if […]

Verse of the Day: “Go, Sell your Possessions”

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Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this word, he […]

Verse of the Day: Facing Christ among the Least of These

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If I have withheld anything that the poor desired, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail, or have eaten my morsel alone, and the orphan has not eaten from it … if I have seen anyone perish […]

Voice of the Day: Thomas Merton

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I believe the basis for valid political action can only be the recognition that the true solution to our problems is not accessible to any one isolated party or nation but that all must arrive at it by working together. […]

Voice of the Day: Joan Chittister

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We are not disembodied spirits. God apparently values the material enough to endow it with the spiritual. That’s what the Incarnation is all about. We’ve come at this whole notion of the exaltation of the spirit by losing respect for […]

Verse of the Day: “Rise up, O Lord!”

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For the needy shall not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the poor perish forever. Rise up, O Lord! Do not let mortals prevail; let the nations be judged before you. Put them in fear, O Lord; let the […]

Voice of the Day: Richard Foster

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We fear so deeply what we think other people see in us, so we talk in order to straighten out their understanding. … One of the fruits of silence is the freedom to let our justification rest entirely with God. […]

Verse of the Day: Blessed are the Poor

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Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when people […]

Voice of the Day: Pat Peterson on Baptism

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I have glimpsed intimations of baptism being fulfilled in a multitude of unexpected reminders: laughing with the inner-city children I taught as we spashed in the gushing water of a fire hydrant on a sweltering afternoon. Washing dishes at the […]

Verse of the Day: The Woman with the Alabaster Jar

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While he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment of nard, and she broke open the jar and poured the […]

Voice of the Day: Henri J.M. Nouwen

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In our chatty world, in which the word has lost its power to communicate, silence helps us to keep our mind and heart anchored in the future world and allows us to speak from there a creative and recreative word […]

Verse of the Day: Being ‘Lawful’

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One sabbath while Jesus was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked some heads of grain, rubbed them in their hands, and ate them. But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not lawful on the […]

Voice of the Day: Jesus and Children

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Jesus chose to be around small children a number of times in his ministry, often over the objections of his disciples. Sometimes he seems to have done this in order to hold children up as examples of the childlike qualitites […]

Verse of the Day: One Thing Lacking

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A certain ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: “You shall not commit […]

Verse of the Day: Deliverance and Blessing

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When the ear heard, it commended me, and when the eye saw, it approved; because I delivered the poor who cried, and the orphan who had no helper. The blessing of the wretched came upon me, and I caused the […]

Voice of the Day: Howard Thurman

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All travelers, somewhere along the way, find it necessary to check their course, to see how they are doing. We wait until we are sick, or shocked into stillness, before we do the commonplace thing of getting our bearings. And […]

Verse of the Day: Be Kind to the Poor

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Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and will be repaid in full. – Proverbs 19:17 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail

Voice of the Day: Morton T. Kelsey

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Silence, for many people, allows the soul to grow and develop in its spiritual dimension. In fact, the more one finds the reality of silence, the more significant it becomes. While this in itself is a danger, the same is […]

Verse of the Day: Loving Your Neighbors

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When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were […]

Voice of the Day: Madeleine L’Engle

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If our usual response to an annoying situation is a curse, we’re likely to meet emergencies with a curse. In the little events of daily living we have the opportunity to condition our reflexes, which are built up out of […]

Verse of the Day: A Righteous Man/Woman

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If a man is righteous and does what is lawful and right … does not oppress anyone, but restores to the debtor his pledge, commits no robbery, gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with a garment, […]

Voice of the Day: Kenneth Gottman

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The rhythm of life for a kingdom dweller puts chronos in service of kairos, the cyclical in service of the directional, the calendar in service of the kingdom. … As we submit our anarchy to a rhythm, in a sort […]

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: Mugabe Threatens Zimbabwe’s Bishops

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Covering the Daily Digest while Duane Shank is taking a much-deserved long weekend, I read this chilling report of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe’s threats against the Catholic bishops in his country: Once [the bishops] turn political, we regard them as […]

Voice of the Day: Gordon Cosby

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Therefore, somehow, we have to learn to get our satisfaction and our joy in faithfulness and in our intimate relationship with Christ. Then the question of effectiveness and success, in the usual sense of those terms is not the issue. […]

Verse of the Day: One Body

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For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body- […]

Voice of the Day: Brother Roger of Taize

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Living God, you want us to have hearts that are completely simple, to the point that the complicated things in life do not bring us to a halt. Through the Holy Spirit, the spirit of the Risen Christ, you come […]

Verse of the Day: “Having Nothing, and Yet Possessing Everything”

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We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see—we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as […]

Jim Wallis: Feeding the Wolves

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This past weekend, my wife Joy Carroll Wallis was the commencement speaker at Goshen College in Indiana. She began with a story: My hope today is to equip you with a warning and commission that might be helpful as you […]

Voice of the Day: Robert Llewelyn

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True silence which is creative silence is the most demanding activity God asks of any of us. Here it is that heart and mind and will, memory, and imagination are gathered up and collected in God. – Robert Llewelynfrom Love […]

Verse of the Day: “Ministry to the Saints”

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At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem in a ministry to the saints; for Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to share their resources with the poor among the saints at Jerusalem. They were pleased to do this, and […]

Voice of the Day: Joan Chittister

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If I cannot listen to all of life, then any part that I do hear will be only partial or distorted. If I am listening only in chapel, if I am listening only to my peers, if I am listening […]

Verse of the Day: Unjust Authorities

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Ah, you who make iniquitous decrees, who write oppressive statutes, to turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be your spoil, and that you may make the […]

Voice of the Day: Elizabeth O’Connor

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It is not what happens to us in any day that gives content to our lives, but whether or not we let its experience sink into us. … It is one of the highest powers given to anyone. In reflection […]

Verse of the Day: “The Last Will be First”

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Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, […]

Rev. Gabriel Salguero: My Living Paradox

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After preaching at an evangelical conference for young Latino/a ministers in Florida some time ago, someone asked me, “Gabriel, how would you define yourself?” This question certainly has a myriad of answers but considering the context of my surroundings I […]

Verse of the Day: Lukewarm Works

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I know your works; you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spit you out of my mouth. For […]

Voice of the Day: Water

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Water … has an enormous range of meanings for us as human beings. Our bodies are mostly water, and our thirst reminds us to replenish that water. We are born from the waters of the womb, and something about a […]

Verse of the Day: “The Lord is Their Refuge”

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Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers who eat up my people as they eat bread, and do not call upon the Lord? There they shall be in great terror, for God is with the company of the righteous. You […]

Voice of the Day: Eugene H. Peterson

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Be still and know. Civilization is littered with unsolved problems, baffling impasses. The best minds of the world are at the end of their tether. The most knowledgeable observers of our condition are badly frightened. The most relevant contribution that […]

Voice of the Day: Frederick D Haynes III

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Martin Luther King Jr. is celebrated as the Dreamer. He was more than a dreamer, however; he was a visionary who drum-majored a liberation parade that challenged and changed the status quo. He was not killed for dreaming. He was […]

Verse of the Day: Turning Against the Needy

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Surely one does not turn against the needy, when in disaster they cry for help. Did I not weep for those whose day was hard? Was not my soul grieved for the poor? But when I looked for good, evil […]

Verse of the Day: Good and Bad Fruit

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No good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit; for each tree is known by its own fruit. Figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good […]

Voice of the Day: Naim Ateek

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It is part of the genius of the Bible that it preserved a record both of the good and of the bad. – Naim Ateek from “Justice, and Only Justice: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation”+ Sign up to receive our […]

Voice of the Day: James Baldwin

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Time catches up with kingdoms and crushes them, gets its teeth into doctrines and rends them; time reveals the foundations on which any kingdom rests, and eats at those foundations, and it destroys doctrines by proving them to be untrue. […]

Verse of the Day: ‘The spoil of the poor’

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The Lord rises to argue his case; he stands to judge the peoples. The Lord enters into judgment with the elders and princes of the people: It is you who have devoured the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is […]

Verse of the Day: “Speak Out For Those Who Cannot Speak”

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Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy. – Proverbs 31:8-9 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the […]

Voice of the Day: Vandana Shiva

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We can make the power of those who exploit us irrelevant… Choose to know the truth about global struggles, and live in a way that supports a just alternative. – Vandana Shivafrom the 2002 World Social Forum + Sign up […]

Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper: Worship in a Time of Catastrophe

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When a gun gets loose on a Virginia campus, or a high school rampage occurs in Colorado; when a building blows up in Oklahoma City, or a plane hits a tower in Manhattan – people follow their horror and disbelief […]

Voice of the Day: Jean McMullan

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Blinding light assaults the darkness;Children wait for guns to cease.In the midst of war’s confusion,Make us instruments of peace. Hungry for your visitation,We are waiting –lost,afraid. You alone,O God,can save us.Heal the wounds that we have made. -Jean McMullanWritten the […]

Verse of the Day: Calling out to God

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Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God; be gracious to me, O Lord, […]

Voice of the Day: Douglas V. Steere

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Yet, for all this lukewarmness, we hunger. And we know well enough the there is a response. There is an answering back to the Grace of God on your part and on mine that is all-important. We know, too, that […]

Verse of the Day: “Here I Am”

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Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, if you […]

Brian McLaren: Sorrow Can Make Us Better, Not Bitter

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When tragedies like the Virginia Tech massacre occur, we all share certain questions. Why did this happen? How could this happen? Should anyone be blamed? Should someone be punished? Often these questions lead us to seek a kind of rational […]

Jim Wallis: A Time for Silence and Prayer

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The shooting deaths of 32 students and staff of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, is the latest example of the senseless violence that seems so often to enter our daily lives. In the midst of the […]

Mirabai Starr: God in the Midst of Grief

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While we’re still reeling from the news of the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech, we offer this excerpted reflection from the November 2004 issue of Sojourners magazine: Soon after Sept. 11, 2001, my 14-year-old daughter, Jenny, was killed in a […]

Voice of the Day: Fred Rogers on grieving

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Confronting our feelings and giving them appropriate expression always takes strength, not weakness. It takes strength to acknowledge our anger, and sometimes more strength yet to curb the aggressive urges anger may bring and to channel them into nonviolent outlets. […]

Verse of the Day: “The Lord will Comfort”

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For the Lord will comfort Zion; he will comfort all her waste places, and will make her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice […]

Voice of the Day: Rumi

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Enough of phrases and conceits and metaphors!I want burning, burning… Light up a fire of love in thy soul,Burn all thought and expression away! – Jelalludin Rumi + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail

Verse of the Day: The Spirit of the Lord

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A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, […]

Verse of the Day: Righteousness and Justice

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See, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule with justice. Each will be like a hiding place from the wind, a covert from the tempest, like streams of water in a dry place, like the shade of […]

Voice of the Day: Henri J. M. Nowen

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Prayer leads you to see new paths and to hear new melodies in the air. Prayer is the breath of your life which gives you freedom to go and stay where you wish and to find the many signs which […]

Voice of the Day: Rufus Jones

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God’s life and our lives are bound together, as a vine with branches as a body with members. So corporate are we that no one can give a cup of cold water to the least person in the world without […]

Verse of the Day: Offering Out of Abundance

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[Jesus] looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all […]

Voice of the Day: Joan Puls

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Where are the gentle spirits and the prayerful souls among our leaders? When will we trust the qualifications of credible lifestyle and courageous witness as much as articulation of programs and financial expertise? When will we die to the styles […]

Verse of the Day: Mocking the Poor

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Those who mock the poor insult their Maker; those who are glad at calamity will not go unpunished. – Proverbs 17:5-5 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail

Verse of the Day: Favoritism

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My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in […]

Voice of the Day: Thomas Merton

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Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another. We do not discover the secret of our lives merely by study and calculation in our own isolated […]

Video: Jim Wallis (and Others) on Biblical Justice

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From a video by Christian Aid: Christian leaders, including Jim Wallis (Sojourners), John Bell (Iona Community) and the Bishop of Durham (England), reflect on the biblical call for justice. This film was produced by the video team at Christian Aid, […]

Brian McLaren: Which Holy War?

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On Good Friday, 2007, a friend drew my attention to a fascinating editorial by CNN contributor Roland Martin. It expressed in both intellectual content and emotional intensity what many of us think and feel about the state of the Christian […]

Voice of the Day: St. Maximos the Confessor

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Without faith, hope, and love nothing sinful is totally abolished, nor is anything good fully attained. – St. Maximus the Confessor + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail

Verse of the Day: Praise the Lord

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You who fear the Lord, praise him! … For he did not despise or abhor the affliction of the afflicted; he did not hide his face from me, but heard when I cried to him. From you comes my praise […]

Jim Wallis : The Victory (Part 3)

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I am on spring break with my family this week. As we approach Good Friday and Easter, I wanted to share with you the concluding chapter to my book, The Call to Conversion. It’s a reflection on the cross and […]

Voice of the Day: Monika K. Hellwig

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At the center of the Christian understanding of revelation and redemption stands the person of Jesus. Of him we say that he not only brings us the revelation of God, but that in his person he is the revelation of […]

Verse of the Day: Boast in the Lord

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Thus says the Lord: Do not let the wise boast in their wisdom, do not let the mighty boast in their might, do not let the wealthy boast in their wealth; but let those who boast boast in this, that […]

Diana Butler Bass: Believing the Resurrection

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In the early 90s, I lived in Santa Barbara, Calif., and attended a dynamic, renewing, spiritually vital liberal congregation, Trinity Episcopal Church. There, I was fortunate enough to meet the Rt. Rev. Daniel Corrigan, an aged Episcopal bishop who was […]

Jim Wallis: The Victory (Part 2)

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I am on spring break with my family this week. As we approach Good Friday and Easter, I wanted to share with you the concluding chapter to my book, The Call to Conversion. It’s a reflection on the cross and […]

Voice of the Day: Martin Luther King, Jr.

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When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism, are incapable of being conquered. A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the […]

Verse of the Day: Money and Wealth

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The lover of money will not be satisfied with money; nor the lover of wealth, with gain. This also is vanity. When goods increase, those who eat them increase; and what gain has their owner but to see them with […]

Jim Wallis: The Victory (Part 1)

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I am on spring break with my family this week. As we approach Good Friday and Easter, I wanted to share with you the concluding chapter to my book, The Call to Conversion. It’s a reflection on the cross and […]

Verse of the Day: Eternal Life

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As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No […]

Voice of the Day: Donald P. McNeill on Confrontation

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[I]f confrontation is to be an expression of patient action, it must be humble…When confrontation is tainted by desire for attention, need for revenge, or greed for power, it can easily become self-serving and cease to be compassionate. – Donald […]

Verse of the Day: Foundation in the Word

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I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my words, and acts on them. That one is like a [person] building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when a flood […]

Voice of the Day: Paula Ripple on Reverence

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Reverence is a gentle virtue; it is also strong. Reverence is a tender virtue; it is also tough. Reverence is a patient virtue; it is also persistent. Reverence bears no ill will toward others; it is able to bear the […]

Verse of the Day: Those Who Turn Justice into Wormwood

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Ah, you that turn justice to wormwood, and bring righteousness to the ground! … They hate the one who reproves in the gate, and they abhor the one who speaks the truth. Therefore because you trample on the poor and […]

Voice of the Day: Evgarius the Solitary

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Whoever loves true prayer and yet becomes angry or resentful is his own enemy. He is like a man who wants to see clearly and yet inflicts damage on his own eyes. – Evgarius the Solitary Treatise on Prayer, 64. […]

Voice of the Day: Cyril on Baptism

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Great indeed is the baptism which is offered you. It is a ransom to captives; the remission of offences; the death of sin; the regeneration of the soul; the garment of light; the holy seal indissoluble; the chariot to heaven; […]

Verse of the Day: Love Your Enemies

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“You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father […]

Verse of the Day: Rebelling Against the Light

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There are those who rebel against the light, who are not acquainted with its ways, and do not stay in its paths. The murderer rises at dusk to kill the poor and needy, and in the night is like a […]

Voice of the Day: Monika K. Hellwig

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To be a follower of Jesus means in the first place to enter by compassion into his experience, with all that it expresses of the divine and of the human. And it means in the second place to enter with […]

Verse of the Day: Peace from Trusting in the Lord

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Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace—in peace because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock. For he has brought low the inhabitants of the height; the […]

Voice of the Day: Saint Teresa of Avila

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Water comes from its own source which is God. And since God desires to do so … God produces this delight with the greatest peace and quite and sweetness in the very interior part of ourselves. I don’t know from […]

Verse of the Day: “Seek Good Not Evil”

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Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, just as you have said. Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be […]

Voice of the Day: Mother Teresa

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To show great love for God and our neighbor we need not do great things. It is how much love we put in the doing that makes our offering something beautiful for God. – Mother Teresa from “A Gift for […]

Verse of the Day: Refuge and Shelter

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For you have been a refuge to the poor, a refuge to the needy in their distress, a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat. – Isaiah 25:4-4 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse […]

Voice of the Day: Beth Richardson on Wholeness in God

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Wholeness for us, as people of God,is moving ever toward oneness with God,regardless of the conditionof our bodies,our lives,our minds.Everyone equally has a capacityto be whole.Wholeness is a gift from God. – Beth A. Richardsonin “Alive Now!” March/April 1992.

Verse of the Day: Humility

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“Why do we fast, but you do not see? Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?” Look, you serve your own interest on your fast day, and oppress all your workers. Look, you fast only to quarrel and to […]

Voice of the Day: Dom Helder Camara

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When shall we have the courage to outgrow the charity mentality and see that at the bottom of all relations between rich and poor there is a problem of justice? – Dom Helder Camara + Sign up to receive our […]

Voice of the Day: Susanna Wesley

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Help me, O Lord, to make a true use of all disappointments and calamities in this life, in such a way that they may unite my heart more closely with you. Cause them to separate my affections from worldly things […]

Verse of the Day: Reconciliation

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So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and […]

Verse of the Day: Justice and Redemption

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You shall not deprive a resident alien or an orphan of justice; you shall not take a widow’s garment in pledge. Remember that you were a slave in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you from there; therefore I […]

Voice of the Day: Marjorie J. Thompson

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Do you believe that God is present in the smile of a child, in the tears of a parent’s grief over a suffering adolescent, in the sudden breakthrough of understading between quarreling spouses? Eternal truths can be learned by observing […]

Voice of the Day: Thomas Merton on Peace

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Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience. – Thomas Merton, from “Thomas Merton on Peace” […]

Verse of the Day: In God We Trust

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Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm. – Psalms 20:7-8 + Sign up […]

Verse of the Day: “Give liberally”

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Give liberally and be ungrudging when you do so, for on this account the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. – Deuteronomy 15:10-10 + Sign up to receive our social […]

Voice of the Day: Frederick D. Huntington

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It is not scientific doubt, not atheism, not pantheism, not agnosticism, that in our day and in this land is likely to quench the light of the gospel. It is a proud, sensuous, selfish, luxurious, church-going, hollow-hearted prosperity. – Frederic […]

Voice of the Day: Elizabeth O’Connor on gifts

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The identifying of gifts brings to the fore [a] large issue in our lives – the issue of commitment. Somehow if I name my gift and it is confirmed, I cannot “hang loose” in the same way. I would much […]

Verse of the Day: “Good News”

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When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” Jesus answered them, “Go and […]

Diana Butler Bass: Audio: The Practice of Diversity

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Hear a recent sermon by Diana at Calvary Episcopal Church in Memphis, Tennessee. + Listen to the streaming audio Diana Butler Bass (www.dianabutlerbass.com) is the author of Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church is Transforming the […]

Verse of the Day: Solidarity in Suffering

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For the hurt of my poor people I am hurt, I mourn, and dismay has taken hold of me. Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of my poor people not […]

Voice of the Day: Alexander Schmemann

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Bright Sadness is the true message and gift of Lent: … the sadness of my exile, of the waste I have made of my life; the brightness of God’s presence and forgiveness, the joy of the recovered desire for God, […]

Verse of the Day: Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

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You do well if you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you show partiality, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. – James 2:8-9 […]

Voice of the Day: Parker Palmer

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What God requires of those who call on God’s name is responsive servanthood. God wishes to act in and through us, so Christian hope does not relieve men and women of responsibility. We are not primarily responsible for shrewd analysis […]

Verse of the Day: ‘Share abundantly’

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Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having […]

Voice of the Day: Bonganjalo Goba

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The conversion experience is a personal transformation that involves a change from an old primary allegiance to a new commitment to God in Christ. It is a change which brings about healing and liberation.-Bonganjalo Gobafrom the Journal of Theology for […]

Verse of the Day: Love Your Neighbor

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You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord. – Leviticus 19:18-18+ Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day […]

Voice of the Day: Desmond Tutu

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For many of us it is not our politics that constrains us to say and do what we do and say in opposition to apartheid and in working for a new South Africa. It is precisely our relationship with God, […]

Verse of the Day: “Thanks to the Lord”

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With my mouth I will give great thanks to the Lord; I will praise him in the midst of the throng. For [the Lord] stands at the right hand of the needy, to save them from those who would condemn […]

Voice of the Day: “The Word of God Incarnate”

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For in Christ and through Christ and because of Christ Christians have been given a revealed insight into God’s nature and character. … This understanding of God was vindicated for us in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, whom […]

Verse of the Day: Greed

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This was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. – Ezekiel 16:49-49 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse […]

Voice of the Day: Gandhi

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The earth provides enough resources for everyone’s need, but not for some people’s greed. – Mahatma Gandhi + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail

Verse of the Day: “People of this Generation”

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“To what then will I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, “We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; […]

Voice of the Day: Richard Foster

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With a power given from above we shout, “No!” to him who promises the whole world if we will only worship him. We crucify the old mechanisms of power- push, drive, climb, grasp, trample. We turn instead to the new […]

Jeff Carr: Solidarity with Iran’s Christian Minority

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My guess is that most Americans either don’t know or don’t think much about Christians in Iran. The country is, after all, the Islamic Republic of Iran, a theocratic state where Islam is the state religion. While Islam is certainly […]

Voice of the Day: Peter Gomes

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It is not we who do Christ the favor of worshiping him; it is Christ who empowers us by strengthening us, and enabling us to fight for the things that are worth fighting for, the things that endure; and that […]

Verse of the Day: Loving Your Enemies

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Do to others as you would have them do to you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do […]

Voice of the Day: Vandana Shiva

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We are reclaiming a world precariously on the edge. We take action not with arrogance and certainty, but with humility and uncertainty. It is our giving that counts – not our success. But in selfless giving, we have victories. And […]

Verse of the Day: Providing for the Poor

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When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest; you shall leave them for the poor and for the alien: I am the […]

Verse of the Day: Clothed in Righteousness

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I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice was like a robe and a turban. I was eyes to the blind, and feet to the lame. I was a father to the needy, and I championed the cause […]

Voice of the Day: James Baldwin

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In a society that is entirely hostile, and, by its nature, seems determined to cut you down – that has cut down so many in the past and cuts down so many every day – it begins to be almost […]

Voice of the Day: Obery M. Hendericks, Jr.

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In essence, what Jesus imparted to his disciples was that they must strive for true justice on earth as in heaven, as their righteous service to God; that they must honor God by doing indiscriminate justice, by lifting up “the […]

Verse of the Day: Unjust Judgement

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You shall not render an unjust judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great: with justice you shall judge your neighbor. – Leviticus 19:15-15 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of […]

Verse of the Day: Precious are the Needy in His Sight.

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For [a king] delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper. He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. From oppression and violence he redeems their […]

Voice of the Day: Biersdorf on Prayer as an Act of Love.

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As an act of love, prayer is a courageous act. It is a risk we take. It is a life-and-death risk, believing in the promises of the gospel, that God’s love is indeed operative in the world. In prayer we […]

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