What’s New in the Neighborhood?

February 1, 2007, 7:20 pm | Posted by

America’s Young Theologian writes about Gandhi, Graffiti, and Christian Ethics:

“Bourgeois suburban Christianity is limited in practice to largely interpersonal matters. It tends to see the command to love others as elevating the personal encounter with another person over working to alleviate the structural conditions that enslave others. [Given the impersonal nature of people's daily lives, this may seem right, but one cannot claim love while failing to address the structures of poverty and classism.] So, they send teenagers on mission trips dressed in GAP clothing, largely unconcerned with their own suburban exclusion, greed, and perpetuation of poverty.”

Upon reading her “beloved” issue of Burma Issues, Brethren Priestess registers alarm that “the military is intent on wiping out Christianity in Burma, according to claims in a secret document believed to have been leaked from a government ministry.”

Can’t get enough of Islamoyankee’s sharp analysis of religious issues this week at Faith in Public Life? Check out his discussion of Shi’ism.

Over at JSpot, Lenny finds an article on community organizing that kinda convinces him to pay a little more attention to Obama.

If you know what WHINSEC / SOA means, you’ll appreciate that Chuck Currie writes about the Chicago UCC minister who just got a ticket to the grey hotel for protesting outside Ft. Benning in Georgia.

What a lil’ controversy? On Street Prophets a “Pro-Life Secular Liberal” writes about how abortion doesn’t fit with the principles of her childhood Universal-Unitarianism.

CrossLeft posts Olbermann’s recent “special comment” on Bush and terrorism and Jaws 2.

Ryan Beiler blogs at God’s Politics Blog about Sen. Biden’s launch speech to Sen. Obama: “NEWS FLASH TO WELL-MEANING WHITE FOLKS: When you praise people of any minority or ethnicity for being “articulate,” you’re suggesting that you have deeply held stereotypes about people that don’t look like you that are only overcome by what you see as noteable exceptions.”

City of Brass notes “The incoherence of Ghazali.” Poor Cristo Lumen. Apparently his entire blog got erased.

Not surprised, Mainstream Baptist, confirms a recent report that points out that Baptist women head to other denominations.

Be sure to read Jeff Sharlet debuting on Talk to Action by writing on that weirdness known to Americans as the National Prayer Breakfast. Here’s something to go with your Frenchy-blend:

“Today, the National Prayer Breakfast is a gathering of all faiths, in Jesus’ name. To be fair, the organization that produces it — so deliberately lowkey that they encourage the misperception that it’s an official government event — tones down its true strangeness in honor of the attendance of the president and hundreds of congressmen. For instance, they don’t bring up what they consider the leadership lessons of… Hitler. Yes, Hitler.”

Catholics United for the Common Good can’t take the conservative bashing of the late, great Fr. Drinan.

Homogenizing her coffee and recent Catholic news, Pam’s House Blend mixes it up over an Italian newspaper report on the difference between papal moral absolutes and the advice given in the confessional box.

Yes, human trafficking is a modern reality that must be stopped notes Faithfully Liberal. The Rev. Deb Haffner wonders about who gets to define “family values.”

And finally, the NCC blog notes a Goode day for America . . .when an interfaith delegation went to invite Virginia Rep. Virgil Goode to a Muslim service.

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Dispatches from Davos: Rules for a Global Neighbourhood in a Multicultural World

January 29, 2007, 2:18 am | Posted by

In an era of great change, religion and spiritualism can provide strength and guidance. However, it is vital to strengthen the dialogue among different religions and cultures in order to foster common understanding. In the case of the West and Islam, a growing disconnect poses serious challenges to global order. This session builds on the ongoing dialogue created by the World Economic Forum’s C100 initiative.

1. Will multiculturalism determine national and global politics for the coming generation?

2. What main issues characterize the current West-Islam dialogue? Can concrete actions be taken to resolve differences?

* Jean-François Copé, Minister of Budget and State Reform of France; Government Spokesman, France

* John J. DeGioia, President, Georgetown University, USA

* Mohammad Khatami, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran (1997-2005)

* Chief Rabbi David Rosen, President, International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Relations, USA

* Jim Wallis, Editor-in-Chief and Chief Executive Officer, Sojourners, USA

* H.R.H. Princess Lolwah Al Faisal, Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees and General Supervisor, Effat College, Saudi Arabia

* Opening Remarks by Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Prime Minister of Malaysia

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Scientists and Christian leaders unite on global warming

January 26, 2007, 12:04 pm | Posted by

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Spreading the Green Word

January 25, 2007, 6:23 pm | Posted by

Have a sermon to share about creations care? The National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Program wants to know about it, and maybe give you a prize! Check out the blurb below for info on the contest and the very cool prize! Click here for all the details.

NCC Environmental Sermon Writing Contest!

It is more important than ever to remind ourselves and our neighbors that we are affecting this planet with each decision we make. We must inspire and mobilize those around us to protect the Earth, for those who cannot protect it themselves. We need words of leadership and actions that demonstrate our care for the plants, animals and resources among us. How will you reach your community?

We invite you to answer this question by participating in our Environmental Sermon Writing Contest. We are looking for sermons that eloquently demonstrate the environmental issues that face God’s creation today, and present ideas that call us to action. The winner will receive a set of brand new Earth Bibles. This contest is open to all members and congregational leaders. Click here for more details and criteria for proposals.

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What’s New in the Neighborhood? Fate of the Union Faith Blog Roundup

January 24, 2007, 1:57 pm | Posted by

Jim Wallis blogs about the SOTU from the World Economic Forum in Davos. He gauges the reaction during a morning panel discussion and also reports about meeting Nicholas Kristof for the first time. Whether one agrees or not with Jim Wallis on a moral center, it’s good to see more people like Arrianna Huffington excited with him about a fresh and more reasonable faith-based politics.

Faithful America invited people to blog their own SOTU.

If you have yet to play around with this cool tool, click here to try out the NYTimes searchable SOTU word frequency database. One can see the rise and fall of certain terms from 2001 through 2007. Try comparing “poverty” to “terror.”

Faithful Progressive liked Sen. Webb’s speech and he’s not the only one. . .

Islamicate points to an article about the Ismailis and Oprah’s humanitarian work in Africa.

Speaking of humanitarian work, Xpatriated Texan argues that it is impossible for someone to deserve to earn a million dollars a year.

Commonweal wonders: Should Popes retire? Apparently JPII seriously considered it as his health began to fail.

Progressive Christians Uniting asks for your help in supporting CAIR clear its reputation via a little mistake by Barbara Boxer.

Jspot writes on Sen. Hillary Clinton and DovBear.

And there’s more on Barack and Hillary over at Faithful Democrats.

Christian Alliance for Progress hosts a blog that wonders by the Religious Right is so unbiblical.

Pam’s House Blend notes the closeness between “homo-hating hag Rep. Michele Bachmann” and President Bush during the SOTU meet-and-greet.

And finally, the great folks who organized Prog Faith Blog Con 2006 are asking around for who has interest in 2007. Velveteen Rabbi recalls: “It was an amazing experience — not only the chance to put faces with names in my blogroll, but also the chance to learn, talk, and pray with a group of really remarkable people from across the religious spectrum.” Then she wonders who is a planner?

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