Tag: human-rights

Sabbath Saturday-Resting and Working in Prayer

Photography, Quote, spiritual practice, Spirituality
Pope Frances has called for a day of fasting and prayer for the people of Syria. Today we are having a labyrinth walk to focus our hearts on word peace.  Now it seems prayer is a still moment in our lives, but sometimes it can be very active as we involve others in the community and reach our fingertips out to be stretched in faith. Today will be such a day. Below I have some of the prayers I have assembled for people to use. … World Prayers for Peace A Prayer for Our World in light of the crisis in Syria Sacred One, We confess to you that we are often blind to the plight of our neighbors. Instead of turning the other cheek, we look the other direction. Rather than hearing the cry of the oppressed, we turn up the volume in our lives. Rather than be prophetic, we heap words that are me

Witness Wednesday – Where is Love?

Love, Photography, spiritual practice, Spirituality
Two youth meet and hug-- a visible testimony to tender loving care. What can you be a visible witness to? What message does your heart beat? The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that's wrong with the world. Paul Farmer Yesterday and today, the Supreme Court of the US has been issuing rulings on a variety of topics. Some responses require joy, some require lament. We cannot forget the lament. As Dr. Traci West, theologian, posted on Facebook: I just listened to one gay rights advocate standing in front of the Supreme Court jubilantly declare that clearly the Supreme Court stands for equality and justice for all United States citizens. "What? Didn't you hear anything about the Voting Rights decision yesterday?" I ridiculously yelled out in disgust to someone who could n...

Moral Courage

Essay, Religion, Theology, United Methodist Church
This is a re-blog of my very first blog post ever from 2008! I have edited it a tiny bit. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality of those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change. - Robert F. Kennedy, in a speech in Capetown, South Africa, June 6, 1966. (Source: Wikiquote ) What are our sources of moral courage? I can tell you that I find moral outrage easy, but where does moral courage come from? Relying on my Methodist heritage, The Wesleyan Quadrilateral would have us examine scripture, tradition, reason, and experience in making deliberations. What does this tell me? What does scripture say? In Hebrew Scriptures and in Christian Scriptures, we are taught to care for the al...