RHM Update: January 10, 2022


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Last Week’s Social Jesus Posts

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



Jesus’ Baptism as Social Protest (Part 1 of 3)

“The one ‘in whom I am well pleased’ was to be associated with the world of establishing justice on the earth for the marginalized and oppressed.”



Jesus’ Baptism as Social Protest (Part 2 of 3)

“John’s baptism invited people to denounce injustice, to cleanse the canvas so to speak for something different, societally, to be born.”



Jesus’ Baptism as Social Protest (Part 3 of 3)

“This makes me wonder what our baptism-like rituals today are. How do we, too, publicly reject present systems of injustice?”





Christmas Means Centering the Voices of Women (Part 1 of 3)

The Christmas and childhood narratives of Jesus in the gospels are following an ancient format. Once we identify this we can take away some important applications for us today.



Christmas Means Centering the Voices of Women (Part 2 of 3)

Joseph is neither centered nor given any voice at all in this story. Let’s talk about why this may have been the case originally and also how we can, today, make life giving applications from this that center the voices of women.



Christmas Means Centering the Voices of Women (Part 3 of 3)

We, too, can choose to listen when a woman has the courage to tell her story, even if it seems “impossible” to patriarchal men.



Recommended Reading for January

American Democratic Socialism: History, Politics, Religion, and Theory

by Gary Dorrien

book coverA sweeping, ambitious history of American democratic socialism from one of the world’s leading intellectual historians and social ethicists.

“Gary Dorrien is the greatest theological ethicist of the twenty-first century, our most compelling political theologian, and one of the most gifted historians of ideas in the world. His American Democratic Socialism is a work of astonishing erudition. Best of all, Dorrien is not only a searing chronicler of prophetic thought, but also a bold Christian participant in the historic quest for social justice.”—Michael Eric Dyson, author of Entertaining Race: Performing Blackness in America

Democratic socialism is ascending in the United States as a consequence of a widespread recognition that global capitalism works only for a minority and is harming the planet’s ecology. This history of American democratic socialism from its beginning to the present day interprets the efforts of American socialists to address and transform multiple intersecting sites of injustice and harm. Comprehensive, deeply researched, and highly original, this book offers a luminous synthesis of secular and religious socialisms, detailing both their intellectual and their organizational histories.

“Dorrien’s book is a tour de force. With eloquence and rigor, it reveals the strong history of democratic socialism in the U.S. It imagines an economic democracy that weds ecological survival with economic, racial, and gender justice. That is a matter of life and death.”—Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, author of Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation

“The book highlights Dorrien’s striking thinking as a strategist in the fight for socialism as well as a superb historian who brings the role of religion into the center of the story.”—Richard Healey, Senior Advisor, Grassroots Policy Project

“American Democratic Socialism is a brilliant and timely book. Dorrien offers a big, ambitious, synthetic political and intellectual history of the whole American democratic socialist tradition, giving particular attention to religious socialists, the centrality of race in American politics, and the intellectual contributions of women.”—Geoffrey Kurtz, author of Jean Jaurès: The Inner Life of Social Democracy

“This is the history of American religious socialism we need as we debate and organize for greater equity in the political economy. Dorrien brilliantly excavates the unique intersectional contexts of the U.S. helping us understand how we got to this political moment and where we might go next.”—Melissa Snarr, Vanderbilt Divinity School

About the Author

Gary Dorrien is the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Religion at Columbia University. His previous books with Yale University Press include The New Abolition, Breaking White Supremacy, and Social Democracy in the Making.



Weekly Zoom HeartGroup on Wednesday Nights

“I’ve experienced paradigm shifts in my thinking that are transforming my spiritual journey.”

That’s what one participant recently wrote. 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.

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