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Jesus exposed the delusion of wealth.

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They were greatly astounded and said to one another, "Then who can be saved?" Jesus looked at them and said, "For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible." (Mark 10.26-27)


Tom Ehrich, Morning Walk Media

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October 11, 2018 | If wealth isn’t the goal, then what is? If wealth doesn’t guarantee one’s life, “then who can be saved?”



This was no idle question. From earliest days, people have sought land, possessions, and portable wealth like gold. In a brutish world, wealth bought safety and power. In a world of scarcity, wealth housed and fed the family.

Tom Ehrich is a writer, church consultant and Episcopal priest based in New York. He is the author of Just Wondering, Jesus and founder of the Church Wellness Project. His website is www.morningwalkmedia.com.

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Dark God Matters: When the Church Tries to Whitewash Black and Brown ... , Sam Kline, Patheos

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Contemporary churches of different ethnic and racial makeups still teach and preach a whitewashed Christianity-one that is invested in maintaining institutional racism.
 

 

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Special Project | Dealing with Addictions at the Holidays

  • Part 1: Guide//5 Helpful Tips for Staying Sober During the Holidays
  • Follow these basic tips and you can have a wonderful and happy sober holiday season.
  • Part 2: Advent//Deepening Our Commitment to Recovery
  • Having struggled through the dark in our addictions, why not spend these weeks of light … renewing our commitment to recovery?

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Part 1: Guide//5 Helpful Tips for Staying Sober During the Holidays

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The truth is that sometimes, the holidays can just be tough. But you don’t have to go in blindly. Follow these basic tips and you can have a wonderful and happy sober holiday season.

Beth Leipholtz, the Fix

12/10/18 | For some people, the holidays are a joyful time that is looked forward to all year long. For others, this isn’t the case. Sometimes the stress of traveling, gift-giving and time with extended family takes a toll and can be daunting – especially, perhaps, for those in recovery from substance use disorder.

The truth is that sometimes, the holidays can just be tough. But you don’t have to go in blindly.

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Part 2: Advent//Deepening Our Commitment to Recovery


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Haven’t we struggled through the dark in our addictions and now live inside truth’s illumination? So why not spend these weeks in spiritual reflection and renewing our commitment to recovery?

Kerry Neville, the Fix

12/12/18 | Advent, from the Latin, adventus — “a coming” — is, for Christians, the season celebrating Jesus Christ’s impending birth and his second coming after his death. The liturgical readings over the four weeks are centered on hope, preparation, joy, and love. It is also the season of the Advent wreath and its four candles, one lit successively each week, and of the Advent calendar and its 25 chocolates secreted behind twenty-five cardboard windows. Reflection and prayer, sweetness and light: the dark illuminated by remembrance and anticipation.

When I was drinking? The season for wanton indulgence: cranberry cosmopolitans, eggnog, mulled wine, and Irish coffees. Parties and booze and blackouts and hangovers. Superficial, carnal pursuits superseded any spiritual meditative pleasures. How many Christmas Eves did my then-husband and I spend slogging wine into the wee hours while last-minute wrapping gifts, crankier with each downed glass? And then the wretched hangover on Christmas mornings when our kids, wiggly with Santa excitement, woke us at dawn — “Get up! Get up! Get up!”— and how we dragged ourselves from bed, desperate for ibuprofen and coffee?

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Preaching on Climate Change: Why it Matters

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 / Climate change is not going to affect me; it’s someone else’s problem. The challenge is too enormous; there’s nothing I can do about it, so why should I think about it? Photo by Getty/BenGoode

Learn about the benefits of preaching on climate change and educating yourself about the issues this catastrophe presents.
Related: Federal Climate Report Predicts At Least 3 Degrees Of Warming By 2100.

Jim Antal, Utne

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There are many reasons people give for not wanting to hear about climate change, especially in church. Here are a few: Living day to day is already hard enough. Church is supposed to give me rest and refreshment and to recharge me for the next week. Climate change is not going to affect me; it’s someone else’s problem. The challenge is too enormous; there’s nothing I can do about it, so why should I think about it? I come to church to be inspired, not to be depressed. Climate change is a political issue; politics doesn’t belong in church.

Jim Antal is a denominational leader, climate activist, author and public theologian, in addition to being an Associate Fellow at Vermont Law School's New Economy Law Center. He serves as Special Advisor on Climate Change to the General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ.

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Federal Climate Report Predicts At Least 3 Degrees Of Warming By 2100. Alexander C. Kaufman and Chris D’Angelo, HuffPost

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  • The White House’s decision to release the report over the holiday weekend is likely to bury the sobering new findings.
  • This article has been updated with comments from a climate scientist and a responsefroma NOAA spokeswoman.
  • Before You Go: What Climate Change Just Might Ruin

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Dark God Matters: When the Church Tries to Whitewash Black and Brown ...

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Contemporary churches of different ethnic and racial makeups still teach and preach a whitewashed Christianity-one that is invested in maintaining institutional racism.

Sam Kline, Patheos

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October 21, 2018 | If you visit a church and see the image of White Jesus, it is most likely symbolic of the whitewashed Christianity you have on your hands. If you choose to run like mad before church service begins, I can’t blame you.

A church building might not display pictures of White Jesus, but He might be “hidden in their hearts.”
Contemporary churches of different ethnic and racial makeups still teach and preach a whitewashed Christianity-one that is invested in maintaining institutional racism.

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Open letter to the US Catholic bishops: It's over.

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This time, it has to be different. Bishops, the prolonged abuse scandal would suggest that you've not done very well taking stock of yourselves.
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Nov 9, 2018 | Dear brothers in Christ, shepherds, fellow pilgrims,

We address you as you approach this year's national meeting in Baltimore because we know there is nowhere left to hide.
It's over.

All the manipulations and contortions of the past 33 years, all the attempts to deflect and equivocate — all of it has brought the church, but especially you, to this moment.

It's over.

National Catholic Reporter (NCR) is a religious news source with worldly interests, and though a large amount of its reporting deals with issues of the Catholic church, an equal amount of its coverage is a marriage of the religious, political and social forces shaping public policies and institutions.

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Catholic Women Called ~ Bridget Mary Meehan

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The only "serious confusion" among the faithful is just how long the Vatican will continue to parade indefensible arguments that attempt to limit the reaches of God's call.

Kate McElwee, Women's Ordination Conference

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The bravery of the women of Catholic Women Called directly contradicts Archbishop Ladaria's assertion that the ban on women's ordination is doctrine definitively held. Catholic women hear and respond to God's call, no matter the cost. This, we know, is crystal clear. 

Kate McElwee, Executive Director, Women's Ordination Conference

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Cancel right-wing Supreme Court prayers

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  • Even as the Catholic Church faces a historic crisis over sexual abuse, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is promoting a special season of prayer for a "change in the Supreme Court."
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Sept.8, 2018 | Without mentioning Brett Kavanaugh by name, the bishops have launched a nine-week "Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life" which is all about abortion, with no mention of capital punishment, war, or poverty.


http://movetoamend.org/sites/default/files/sign-btn.pngSign the petition: Please immediately cancel the ill-timed "Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life." Catholics need you to focus on reforming the church, not trying to advance President Trump's judicial nominations.



Catholics across America are yearning for honesty and transparency about the church's past and future. Instead they're being given yet more bulletin inserts with religious-right talking points about Roe v. Wade.

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"Not by Might, Nor by Power": The Zionist Betrayal of Judaism ~ Moshe Menuhin

  • With a new introduction by Adi Ophir: An early and fierce critique of Zionism from a Jewish child of Palestine who argued against nationalism and injustice.
  • Described in Barnes and Noble

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Born in 1893, Moshe Menuhin was part of the inaugural class to attend the first Zionist high school in Palestine, the Herzliya gymnasium in Tel Aviv. He had grown up in aHasidichome, but eventually rejected orthodoxy while remaining dedicated to Judaism.
 
As a witness to the evolution of Israel, Menuhin grew disaffected with what he saw as a betrayal of the Jews’ spiritual principles. This memoir, written in 1965, is considered the first revisionist history of Zionism. A groundbreaking document, it discusses the treatment of the Palestinians, the effects of the Holocaust, the exploitation of the Mizrahi Jewish immigrants, and the use of propaganda to win over public opinion in America and among American Jews. In a postscript added after the Six-Day War, Menuhin also addresses the question of occupation. This new edition is updated with an introduction by Israeli philosopher Adi Ophir, putting Menuhin’s work into a contemporary historical context.

Moshe Menuhin, one of the early anti-Zionists, once wrote … , “Jews should be Jews—not Nazis.” He was speaking of the Israeli oppression of Palestinians.

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