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United States Institute of Peace

Did you know that our US Congress created the Unites States Institute of Peace (USIP) as “our country’s global conflict management center… an independent and nonpartisan agency to prevent, mitigate and resolve international conflict through nonviolent means.” USIP works “to save lives, increase the government’s ability to deal with conflicts before…

Jeffrey M. Smith to Speak in Redding, CA

Jeffrey M. Smith to Speak in Redding, CA

Jeffrey M. Smith, a leading consumer advocate promoting healthier non-GMO choices, will speak in Redding, CA on October 19, 2012 at Sequoia Middle School, 1805 Sequoia Street, Redding, CA 96001. The reception is from 6-7PM with a local speaker at 7PM, introducing Jeffrey at 7:15 PM. A suggested donation of $5…

The Justice Conference 2013

Some cultural observers see a new convergence movement among post-evangelical and post-liberal Christians around the call for justice. Wild Goose Festival is an example, as is The Justice Conference. The Justice Conference 2013 will be held in Philadelphia, PA on February 22-23, 2013. This will be the third annual conference…

Redding Martin Luther King Jr. Multicultural Center

To commemorate the 49th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s. I Have a Dream speech, there will be “A Changing time in Our Communities” event Saturday morning, August 25, 2012 in Redding, CA. At 8:30 AM a Prayer Circle will assemble outside Redding City Hall by the fountain, 777 Cypress…

Supernormal Allurement

Doing the hard thing…easily.

Shasta Family Justice Center

Shasta Women’s Refuge helps end domestic violence and sexual assault in Shasta County. They are committed to providing victims of domestic violence and sexual assault with the resources needed for safety, healing and prevention of further victimization. They work with our community to promote and participate in intervention, education and…

Violence Against Women Act Protections in Jeopardy

Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a measure which has received strong bipartisan support since it was first passed by Congress in 1994, is currently moving through Congress. The Senate passed its version of the reauthorization (S. 1925) in late April, and it included important enhancements for addressing…

Ending Local and Global Hunger

Ending Local and Global Hunger

In searching for Christian actions addressing issues of faith and food I discovered this five-pronged approach of the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) working with congregations and partners around the globe to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes, as described in the Common Affirmation on Global Hunger: 1.  Direct relief 925 million people…

Ecumenical Advocacy Days

As people of faith our call is clear. The bible instructs us to act with mercy and justice and to care for our neighbors.  We live out these commandments not just as individuals in our local communities, but as a society through our government. The yearly debate over the federal…

Compassionate Communication

Interested in communication tools that promote connection in times of conflict? Want to increase your capacity for clear expression and empathetic listening? Longing for more inner peace and less struggle? Then sign up to attend An Introduction to Compassionate Communication being held May 5, 2012 from 10 AM to 5…

Women’s Inequality

65% of the work in the world is done by women. 12% of the paid salaries in the world go to women. 2% of properties in the world are on the hands of women. 1 in each 6 women in the world is a victim of incest. 1 in each…

Realities of Conflict Between Israel and Palestine

According to peacemaking advocate and Campus Minister at Stanford, Rev. Geoff Browning, “There is a growing gap between U. S. Middle East policy and the realities on the ground in Israel/Palestine.” Scores of church leaders in the Bay Area heard in-depth presentations October 29, 2011 on the Israel-Palestine crisis. The…

The Kingdom of God vs. Separation of Church and State

The Kingdom of God vs. Separation of Church and State

I believe that the announcement of Jesus that “the Kingdom of God is at hand” means that God, rather than man, is Lord of all and rightfully demands our highest allegiance, but this does not imply a theocracy, where any religion (Christian, Jewish, Muslim or any other faith) can or…

Constructive Conflict?

How do we move from conflict to communion? How can our differences in opinions be blessings and beneficial to us – opportunities to grow? For starters: Lower the anxiety or static in conversation so we can actually hear and connect soulfully. Use “I” statements rather than beginning a sentence with “you”. Remove…

Is Capitalism Consistant With Christian Values?

Tuesday the Occupy Wall Street protestors were ejected from Zuccotti Park and from some unused property owned by Trinity Wall Street Episcopal Church (a progressive church that has provided indoor space for the occupiers in recent weeks). In response to the latter, the Rt. Rev. Mark Sisk, Bishop of the…

1517 Protest Movement

In addition to being Halloween tonight, October 31st is also the day commemorated for Martin Luther tacking the 95 theses on the wall of the Wittenberg church – the beginning of a protest movement! Diana Butler Bass calls us to “Put the Protest Back in Protestant”. She emphasizes “the heart of…

USA at Bottom of the Heap

USA at Bottom of the Heap

Click here for a very powerful image (copyright by the New York Times) that graphically shows how the United States stacks up with other nations in various measurements of Social Justice. The report, Social Justice in the OECD – How Do Member States Compare, shows Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and…

Shasta County Crop Hunger Walk

Shasta County CROP Hunger Walk is scheduled for October 23, 2011 – 1:00 PM Several churches, including First Church, a United Methodist Congregation, Pilgrim Congregational and All Saints Episcopal Church are participating together. Noon Lunch & Registration at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Redding followed by a 1:00 PM Walk. Sign Up Online! The Shasta County CROP Hunger Walk has […]

Occupy Redding Protest

Yesterday, October 8, 2011, a group of peaceful protesters assembled and sang songs at Sundial bridge. Members of the local CDI American Dream Council and Shasta County Citizens for Democracy are planning a demonstration at Bank of America (Placer St & East St in Redding CA) at Noon, Monday, October 10, 2011, in solidarity with…

Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Darfur

Genocide No More–Save Darfur will hold its monthly Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Darfur on the Sundial Bridge, Friday, September 30, 2011 at 7:00 PM.  The public is invited to meet at the north end of the bridge for a Prayer Circle and then move onto the bridge for five minutes…

Faithful America

The faith vote is not monolithic – not all Christians interpret scripture and their faith as being appropriately expressed by America’s religious right. There are other voices that need to be heard – voices of faith crying out for peace, justice, ending world poverty, demanding basic human rights for all,…

Violence in the Name of Religion – Remembering 9/11

Today is Awareness Sunday, remembering 9/11 – 10 years after. The Awareness Foundation (an educational, ecumenical and international charity, registered in England and Wales) will be holding a special Awareness Sunday Service at Westminster Abbey, today 9/11/11 at 6:30 PM London time. This service will form the centerpiece of all the Awareness Sunday services…

KKRN Broadcasting.

KKRN Broadcasting.

While driving home today in Redding I tuned into a radio station that was new to me: KKRN 88.5 FM The station has been broadcasting only since June 28, 2011. It’s coverage area is limited to a narrow band along Highway 299 from Burney to Redding and then along Interstate…

Just Faith

Just Faith

“Justice flows out of love, not politics.” “The gospel has a political bias that everyone is precious.” “If there is no compassion – there is no relationship with God.” “There is a disconnect between gathering and sending.” “To bridge the disconnect see what structures (not the personalities) over time have…

Restoring Civility

Northstate Public Radio station KCHO in Chico and KFPR (88.9 FM) in Redding now broadcasts Being with Krista Tippett on Sunday mornings at 11 AM. Today Krista interviewed Richard Mouw, President of Fuller Theological Seminary as part of The Civil Conversations Project — ideas and tools for healing our fractured civic…

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