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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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