Recommended Reading for October
See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love
by Valarie Kaur
An urgent manifesto and a dramatic memoir of awakening, this is the story of revolutionary love.
Finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize
“In a world stricken with fear and turmoil, Valarie Kaur shows us how to summon our deepest wisdom.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love
How do we love in a time of rage? How do we fix a broken world while not breaking ourselves? Valarie Kaur—renowned Sikh activist, filmmaker, and civil rights lawyer—describes revolutionary love as the call of our time, a radical, joyful practice that extends in three directions: to others, to our opponents, and to ourselves. It enjoins us to see no stranger but instead look at others and say: You are part of me I do not yet know. Starting from that place of wonder, the world begins to change: It is a practice that can transform a relationship, a community, a culture, even a nation.
Kaur takes readers through her own riveting journey—as a brown girl growing up in California farmland finding her place in the world; as a young adult galvanized by the murders of Sikhs after 9/11; as a law student fighting injustices in American prisons and on Guantánamo Bay; as an activist working with communities recovering from xenophobic attacks; and as a woman trying to heal from her own experiences with police violence and sexual assault. Drawing from the wisdom of sages, scientists, and activists, Kaur reclaims love as an active, public, and revolutionary force that creates new possibilities for ourselves, our communities, and our world. See No Stranger helps us imagine new ways of being with each other—and with ourselves—so that together we can begin to build the world we want to see.
Recent Social Jesus Blog Posts on Patheos
Articles posted each week at https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/
No More Slaves (Part 1 of 3)
Crucifixion was not a passive acceptance of abuse and injustice. It was Rome’s punishment for those who refused silence in the face of oppression and injustice.
No More Slaves (Part 2 of 3)
I appreciate the emphasis on not encouraging lordship, and we must also be honest that our sacred texts and narratives do endorse slavery and its hierarchy.
No More Slaves (Part 3 of 3)
If we take seriously Jesus’ call for no more lords, and we work for a world where there are no more, we will by that same effort create a world with no more slaves as well.
Getting Free from Fear and Facing the Future Together (Part 1 of 3)
The greater the wealth disparities within economic systems, the stronger the critique for those who have the heart to listen and understand.
Getting Free from Fear and Facing the Future Together (Part 2 of 3)
We read this story too individualistically in our culture today. Societal, systemic change begins with understanding.
Getting Free from Fear and Facing the Future Together (Part 3 of 3)
Christians have always come up with ways around stories like these in the gospels. What if we allowed ourselves to be confronted by stories like these, instead?
A Shared Table 2021
November 2021 has been chosen this year for our 3rd annual Shared Table fundraising event for Renewed Heart Ministries!
We are so excited to be able to be offering this opportunity once again after having to cancel this event last year due to the pandemic.
We’ll be posting each week beginning November 1st.
Go to renewedheartministries.com on November 1st to find out how you, too, can participate in supporting RHM’s ongoing work and ministry.
Good News Fellowship
Toronto, Ontario Canada
Good News Fellowship
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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.
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