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Thank you, each of you, for supporting the work of RHM on this year’s #GivingTuesday!
RHM relies on support like yours to continue being a voice for change in our world. This year especially, we just can’t thank each of you enough.
No one could have predicted how this pandemic would have affected each of us. 2020 has been a challenging year for many, including nonprofits. On this year’s Giving Tuesday, you raised over $12,000 to support RHM’s work. And each of those dollars, as pledged, will be matched.
Days like yesterday remind us that no matter what the future holds, our hope is not in hoarded resources, but in each other and the care we take for one another.
Your support yesterday on Giving Tuesday is so deeply appreciated. Thank you. Intersections between our faith and societal justice are needed right now more than ever. And together we are shaping our world into a safe, compassionate, just home for everyone.
Thank you for believing in the mission and work of Renewed Heart Ministries.
Director | Renewed Heart Ministries
December’s Recommended Reading from RHM
Current biblical scholarship tends to treat the nativity narratives as having little historical basis and to see in them illustrations of the particular theologies of Matthew and Luke.
Nonbiblical scholarship sees in these narratives only an adaptation of traditional folklore themes relating to the birth of the hero. This leaves the ordinary Christian in a vacuum that the mass media and other commercial interests are only too anxious to fill. ‘Liberating Christmas’ shows that, regardless of whether the nativity narratives are rooted in actual historical situations, they do portray a particular network of social-political relationships. Thus Caesar ruled and taxed peoples, such as the Jews, through client-kings, such as Herod, who ruled with sharply repressive violence. But the narratives also celebrate the birth of a messiah who will finally liberate his people even though he and his family are driven into exile.
The Christmas stories as reappraised by this book have, therefore, important political implications, implications not only about first-century Palestine but about contemporary history as well. These latter implications are brought out by an extensive analysis of the political-economic domination exercised in much of Latin America by the United States, domination maintained by “client dictators who use death squads (paralleling Herod’s slaughter of innocents) to terrorize and control the exploited peasants while driving members of basic Christian communities into exile. ‘Liberating Christmas’ has as much to say about the ‘Pax Americana’ as the original nativity narratives had to say about the ‘Pax Romana’ The story of Jesus is as important to ordinary readers today as it was when it was first told centuries ago.
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Find more articles at https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/
Weekly Zoom HeartGroup on Wednesday Nights
Each Wednesday evening, Glendale City Church will be hosting a Zoom-HeartGroup led by Herb Montgomery. Our discussion each week will focus on the content in Renewed Heart Ministries’ weekly eSight articles and the Jesus For Everyone podcast published each Friday. The time of each Zoom session will be on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Pacific/10:00 p.m. Eastern.
For more information and for the link to participate each week, contact RHM here.
A Special Message to Our HeartGroups
We are continuing to ask all HeartGroups not to meet together physically at this time. Please stay virtually connected and to practice physical distancing. You can still be there for each other to help ease anxiety and fears. When you do go out, please maintain a six-foot distance with others, continue to wear a mask, and wash your hands often to keep the spread of the virus at bay.
This is also a time where we can practice the resource-sharing and mutual aid found in the gospels. Make sure the others in your group have what they need. We are more interconnected than we realize, as this has proven. And we need each other during this time.
How many ways can you take care of others while we are physically apart?
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