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Racial Justice

click here by Elizabeth Leung, Minister for Racial Justice Racial justice is the systemic fair treatment of all people that results in equal opportunities and outcomes for everyone. This understanding of racism focuses not on individual prejudices, nor explicit intentions; It depends not on personal feelings or “common sense.” Instead, fairness is found (or not found) in the actual impact of institutions and policies on the livelihood of those being affected and on the future prospect of their children and their children’s children. Two recent studies – one on student loan delinquency, another concerning building family assets – offer us examples to explore and point to possible policy solutions. Continue reading Racial Justice

“Keep Hope Alive”– getting harder to do. . . A favorite slogan, usually attributed to Jesse Jackson, is “Keep hope alive!”  But this well-known phrase is getting harder to achieve with time and technology. With the proliferation of criminal, racially stigmatized, profane, sexually explicit and other demeaning oriented content, however–including prioritized bad news coverage, the primary intent would appear more to “keep Hate alive.” Whether by accident or “by well calculated design,” more people of good will are breaking under the perpetual pressures and constant instigation of brutal societal and political infractions that tend to push people’s hope over the edge. Continue reading “Keep Hope Alive”– getting harder to do. . .

Poor Black Families-vulnerable, neglected, alone

source link There are big differences in outcomes for Black youth when my generation was in the K-12 system in the forties and fifties as compared with Black youth today. The biggest difference is that the parental education/economic range of those of us who succeeded back then was far greater.  Modern America’s desegregated school systems have not been able to duplicate the educational feats we saw through the first three Black generations following the Civil War. Now I know they never will.  Schools, per se, are only partially to blame. Destruction of Black communities and their spirit are primarily responsible. Community is defined by two basic factors that link people:  geography and spirit. The former decline, communities, was inevitable with desegregation; but not the spirit. Continue reading Poor Black Families-vulnerable, neglected, alone

Central Atlantic churches step up support for One Great Hour of Sharing

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lasix no prescription Each year, donations to One Great Hour of Sharing are used to transform lives around the planet. Of the 38 conferences that make up the United Church of Christ, the congregations of one in particular, the Central Atlantic Conference, have been steadfast supporters of the annual offering. Continue reading Central Atlantic churches step up support for One Great Hour of Sharing

Education: the bedrock of a respectful, unified society . . .

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I find it especially noteworthy that the “receiving” came before the giving–as too often is not the case. Also noteworthy is the fact that education is of innumerable kinds. The most simple explanation I recall, came from an elderly country gentleman who stated, “The only difference between city folks and country folks is they’re dumb about different things.” Continue reading Education: the bedrock of a respectful, unified society . . .

The interdependence of spiritual discipline and prophetic witness

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Each year, as Ash Wednesday approaches, the many years I spent in close contact with Henri Nouwen exert a pull, reminding me of how attuned Henri was to the liturgical seasons. Not only that, but two of Henri’s books — Show Me the Way: Readings for Each Day of Lent and Walk with Jesus: Stations of the Cross — have guided me and the congregations I served through Lent for decades. If you have not read them — or if you have not used them as a guide for either Lent or Holy Week — I would suggest that now is a good time. Continue reading The interdependence of spiritual discipline and prophetic witness