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Unarmed and Dangerous

A Gospel of Non-violence in a Violent World

We wrestle with the stark reality of the culture of gun violence in which we find ourselves, and a gospel message for the progressive Christian that is inherently non-violent. Advocates for one side of a heated debate insist the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun; which is only true if the good guy is faster on the draw and a better aim. To assert the good guy always wins is, of course, a lie. There are plenty of examples of murder and mayhem in that compendium of stories we call the Bible. In some stories the good guy wins. In others, they lose; particularly those who choose the way of non-violent resistance unequivocally taught and demonstrated in the words and deeds of the Galilean sage and healer. It’s not a matter of a showdown to see who wins with a more forceful argument. Far from naïve, impractical and unrealistic, a non-violent response may be the only thing to break the perpetual cycle of violence. But how?

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We Are Guardians for the People

We are guardians for the people,
called by God to care and serve
acting out the love of neighbour,
giving all without reserve.

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 6: Peace and Justice. Resource Types: Hymns.

Those Who Struggle for Justice

For those who promote human rights in countries controlled by military dictatorships, risking their lives every day
All: Blessed are those who are persecuted for their struggle for justice: the kingdom of heaven is theirs

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 6: Peace and Justice. Prayers: Call to Worship and Invocation. Resource Types: Prayers and Readings.

Hear the Voices

One: Hear the voices, small voices, loud voices, voices of the oppressed, voices of the powerful.

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 6: Peace and Justice. Prayers: Call to Worship and Invocation. Resource Types: Prayers.

Abortion and the Unknowable God: An Attempt at a Neutral and Faithful Discussion

As a Christian, I find myself in a strange position on abortion. I am pro-choice. I have not always been as I have not always considered myself Christian. I was an atheist/deist, pro-lifer in my younger days. …

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Reflection on Jeremiah 31

It is tattooed on our hearts
Etched on the walls
at the core of our being
There is no escaping the reality
And yet we still ignore it

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 4: Act As We Believe. Seasons & Special Events: Lent. Texts: Jeremiah. Resource Types: Prayers and Readings.

The Stations of the Cross and the Beatitudes, Week 1

A Guide to Spiritual Practice for Lent

This guide focuses on the Beatitudes of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, and on the fourteen Stations of the Cross, which symbolize the events remembered on Good Friday.

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Children’s Litany for Lent

Children ~ This first Sunday of Lent, we give up the idea that we have no voice.

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 1: Teachings of Jesus and Point 6: Peace and Justice. Seasons & Special Events: Lent. Ages: Elementary, Pre-Teen, and Teen. Rituals: Lent. Resource Types: Affirmations, Prayers, and Readings.

The Spiritual Power of Nonviolence: Interfaith Understanding for a Future Without War

Religion and violence—the two concepts seem incompatible given the emphasis in religion on virtue, love, forgiveness and compassion. Yet many scriptures contain martial images and stories of god-inspired military conquest. The Spiritual Power of Nonviolence confronts this …

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We Live In a Violent World

It seems to me that we live in a violent culture in a violent world that appears to be becoming more violent with time. I admit that I grew up in what was an ideal era under …

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