RHM Update: August 3, 2021

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Renewed Heart Ministries is a nonprofit organization working for a world of love and justice.

We need your support to offer the kind of resources RHM provides.

Helping people find the intersection between their faith, compassion, and justice is work that continues to prove deeply needed.

Please consider making a donation to support Renewed Heart Ministries’ work, today.

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Or you can make a donation by mail at:

Renewed Heart Ministries
PO Box 1211
Lewisburg, WV 24901

And to those of you out there who already are supporting this ministry, we want to say thank you.  We could not continue being a voice for change without you.

 


Recommended Reading for August

The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America

by Carol Anderson

From the New York Times bestselling author of White Rage, an unflinching, critical new look at the Second Amendment-and how it has been engineered to deny the rights of African Americans since its inception.

A Kirkus Reviews “8 Nonfiction Books to Read This Summer”

In The Second, historian and award-winning, bestselling author of White Rage Carol Anderson powerfully illuminates the history and impact of the Second Amendment, how it was designed, and how it has consistently been constructed to keep African Americans powerless and vulnerable. The Second is neither a “pro-gun” nor an “anti-gun” book; the lens is the citizenship rights and human rights of African Americans.

From the seventeenth century, when it was encoded into law that the enslaved could not own, carry, or use a firearm whatsoever, until today, with measures to expand and curtail gun ownership aimed disproportionately at the African American population, the right to bear arms has been consistently used as a weapon to keep African Americans powerless–revealing that armed or unarmed, Blackness, it would seem, is the threat that must be neutralized and punished.

Throughout American history to the twenty-first century, regardless of the laws, court decisions, and changing political environment, the Second has consistently meant this: That the second a Black person exercises this right, the second they pick up a gun to protect themselves (or the second that they don’t), their life–as surely as Philando Castile’s, Tamir Rice’s, Alton Sterling’s–may be snatched away in that single, fatal second. Through compelling historical narrative merging into the unfolding events of today, Anderson’s penetrating investigation shows that the Second Amendment is not about guns but about anti-Blackness, shedding shocking new light on another dimension of racism in America.

 


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Recent Social Jesus Blog Posts on Patheos

Articles posted each week at https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/

 

Those Things Which Are Eternal (Part 1 of 3)

This school of interpretive thought has born deeply destructive fruit and has always been coopted by oppressive powers to create a kind of Christianity that leaves the oppressive systems of the powerful untouched by Christian followers.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2021/07/those-things-which-are-eternal-part1/

Those Things Which Are Eternal (Part 2 of 3)

In this context, an alternative, life-giving interpretation might be a call to focus on the long game of establishing justice in the earth over the temporary gains of power, privilege or property.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2021/07/those-things-which-are-eternal-part2/

Those Things Which Are Eternal (Part 3 of 3)

Today I belong to a community that’s very different than the one I used to belong to. Some folks from the old days have kept on journeying with me. Some have yet to make that journey, and still others never will; I’ve had to accept that.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2021/07/those-things-which-are-eternal-part3/

 

A Community of Dependence and Connectedness (Part 1 of 3)

“What does it actually mean for the empire of God to come? It begins with a knock at the door. On the stoop stand two itinerant beggars, with no purse, no knapsack, no shoes, no staff.”

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2021/06/community-dependence-connectedness-part1/

A Community of Dependence and Connectedness (Part 2 of 3)

In our context, American capitalistic individualism and independence, which too often masquerade as freedom, dependence as a good thing and a life-giving ethic for human thriving may be a bit difficult to get our minds around.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2021/06/community-dependence-connectedness-part2/

A Community of Dependence and Connectedness (Part 3 of 3)

We take responsibility for taking care of one another, not to establish dependency, but because we already are dependent on one another.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2021/07/community-dependence-connectedness-part3/

 


 

 


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.

 

 


 

Renewed Heart Ministries needs your support to continue impacting lives and working for change.

Intersections between faith,
love, compassion, and justice are needed today more than ever.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Renewed Heart Ministries today.

To do so online click “Donate.” Or if you prefer to make a donation by mail,
our address is:

Renewed Heart Ministries
PO Box 1211
Lewisburg, WV 24901

And to those of you out there who are already supporting this ministry, I want to say thank you. We could not continue being a voice for change without your support.

 

 


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