This past weekend I had the privilege of joining Dr. Gary Banks and Elder Michelle A. Johnston on a round table discussion titled Justice & the Creator God to kick off the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday hosted by The Anti-Racist School of Architecture Virtual Symposium the Architectural Initiative for Diversity (AID).
The conversation is crucial at this time and place particularly as so many Christians have been vocally against the social justice movement and have encouraged their fellow Christians to “abstain from politics” not just as a personal preference but as a biblical injunction.
You can access this discussion at https://www.facebook.com/ArchitecturalInitiativeforDiversity/videos/830378080859420
Social Jesus Blog on Patheos
We are witnessing a disparity of values, a disparity of treatment and response, and disparity of analysis. These should be a warning to each of us. Read more
If Mark could offer good news or “gospel” in the midst of such loss for its intended audience, maybe we can find some here, too. Read more
Today, we must hold on to the hope that a different iteration of our world is possible, too. Read more
This vision is of a world of social structures rooted in love for all. In the words of Mark’s gospel, when we start with love, a just future “has come near.” Read more
Articles posted each week at https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/
Recommended Reading for January
The Biblical Vision of Sabbath Economics
by Ched Myers
From the introduction:
“The topic of economics is exceedingly difficult to talk about in most First World churches, more taboo than politics or even sex. Yet no aspect of our individual lives and corporate lives is more determinative of our welfare. And few subjects are more frequently addressed in our scriptures.”
From the back cover:
Ched Myers rescues the Hebrew Bible’s tradition of Jubilee and Sabbath from the margins of contemporary theological discourse concerning economics and re-reads them in a way that places them at the center of a new ethos and cosmology. He traces the witness of “Sabbath economics” through the life and teachings of Jesus and the early church, offering a compelling argument for why the Church today must offer alternatives to the dominant paradigms of economic theory and practice. Ideal for individual or group study, this book offers an accessible path to understanding the relationship between biblical faith and economics. To take this tradition seriously today will challenge disciples to revise their assumptions about the prevailing economic practice and renew their commitment to follow Jesus more faithfully in an increasingly hard-hearted, market-dominated world.
This book is presently awaiting another print run, but we have spoken with the publishers. PDFs of the gallery proofs (pre-print proof versions) can be purchased for just US$5.00.
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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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