RHM’s Weekly Update


Make Your Support of RHM Go Twice As Far!

When you support RHM, you’re furthering the work of repairing the damage Christianity has done. And you’re helping Christians be better humans, too. It’s real lives, real hearts being renewed, encouraged, and healed that you’re making possible. All donations this month are being matched dollar-for-dollar.

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A Shared Table Fundraiser for RHM

In the gospels, Jesus modeled for us a way of practicing community in the shape of a shared table. To those who sign up to be one of our sustaining monthly supporters, we are offering this special thank you gift.

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RHM’s Book of the Month for December

The Seventh Story: Us, Them, and the End of Violence

by Brian McLaren and Gareth Higgins




Recent Posts:

Social Location Matters

Social location matters. Listening to how certain theologies impact those on the undersides or edges of our society matters. These are perspectives and concerns that must be heard.

Read more at https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2019/12/social-location-matters/


Inability to Rightly Evaluate What’s Happening

Racial tensions have escalated over the past four years. Sexist tensions have escalated. Homophobic and transphobic tensions have escalated. Ecological tensions have escalated. Are we heading swiftly toward our own “Gehenna” for everyone alike?

Read more at https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2019/12/inability-rightly-evaluate-whats-happening/


Stand Up Anyway

I don’t believe that we must pass through fire and sword to get to a world that is safe, just, and compassionate for everyone. But when those threatened by the new world do raise their swords and standing up creates a firestorm, stand up anyway.

Read more at https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2019/12/stand-up-anyway/


We Are All In This Together

We are all in this together. The choices we make affect us all. And although they affect us differently, we all have to share this planet we call home. We all inescapably share space with each other. We have the choice to share this space in a way that makes sure everyone is taken care of.

Read more at https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2019/11/in-this-together/


Jesus’ Call for Wealth Redistribution

Jesus’ definition of wealth as the exploitation of the poor and his call for wealth redistribution was viewed as thievery in his day. It’s still viewed as theft by many wealthy people today.

Read more at https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2019/11/jesus-calls-wealth-redistribution/


Choosing a World Shaped by Compassion

This world is not based on a win-lose closed system, but a win-win where we learn to be each other’s keeper. Our world is what we, collectively, choose to make it. For my part, I’m choosing compassion.

Read more at https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2019/11/choosing-world-compassion/


“On Earth As It Is In Heaven”

It called people to stop solving the challenges of survival for themselves at the expense of others around them. It called them to take responsibility for making sure they all together had what they needed.

Read more at https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2019/11/on-earth-as-heaven/


Complicit Christianity

If true, this calls for Christianity to wrest itself free of its historical failures, to make reparations for the damage it has done, and to begin charting a new course where the poor, women, people of color, and those of varied orientations and gender identities are no longer the victims of Christianity.

Read more at https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2019/11/complicit-christianity/


Stop Drinking The Kool-Aid

“For those at the top of an exploitative social pyramid who are privileged, advantaged, and benefited by the status quo, freedom and liberty mean something fundamentally different than it does for those at the bottom.”

Read more at https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2019/11/stop-drinking-kool-aid/


Learning to Speak Out

The subject of politics is the discussion of how power is distributed and who gets access to resources. The gospels speak of distributive justice and an order where power and resources are distributed in a way that ensures a world that is safe, compassionate and just for all.

Read more at https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/2019/11/learning-to-speak-out/