Prophetic Witness to God’s Distributive Justice – Moral Economy Series Part 3

The prophet Isaiah reveals God’s preferential option for the poor and demands distributive justice to release them from their impoverishment (e.g. Isa 61:1-2); and that God will judge the poor with righteousness (e.g. Isa. 11:4). Jeremiah proclaims that God will defend the rights of the needy (Jer. 5:26-29), and Isaiah ...
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Yahweh’s Covenant and Call – Moral Economy Series Part 2

Throughout the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament), there is witness and testimony that poverty and oppression factor significantly in the sin and brokenness of the world. Because of this, God demands justice for the poor and oppressed as part of the reconciliation that must occur. God’s sense of justice for the ...
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Poverty in the Bible – Moral Economy Series Part 1

The Bible contains over 2,000 verses about poverty and presents a number of descriptions for what it was like to be poor in biblical times. There are the orphans and widows (Exodus 22:22; Isaiah 1:17; Deuteronomy 14:29; James 1:27), the sick (Matthew 25:36; Acts 19:12), the lame and the blind ...
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Introduction to Moral Economy Series

The economy does not work equally or equitably for everyone. Decades of reporting on poverty, wage inequality, wealth inequality, disparities based on race and gender, and a shrinking middle class offer ample evidence of economic distress for millions of Americans. What is important to remember is that these are not ...
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Spirituality of U2

The rock band U2 – bassist Adam Clayton, drummer Larry Mullen, Jr., guitarist The Edge (Dave Evans), and lead singer/front man Bono (Paul Hewson) – has spent much of the last three decades as, arguably, the biggest rock band on the planet. While achieving both commercial success and critical acclaim, it ...
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Putting on the Wedding Robe

The Rev. Jay Lawlor - "Putting on the Wedding Robe" Reflections from Jesus's Wedding Banquet Parable (Matthew 22:1-14) In the parable of the wedding banquet (Matthew 22:1-14), the invitation to attend is generously extended to all. At the same time, this parable is also a lesson on what it means ...
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Reflections on Saint Francis of Assisi

Today we celebrate the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. A man who devoted his life in service to the poor, the care of animals, and for the earth. Francis lived simply, yet boldly proclaimed Jesus' Gospel. We tend to admire people who serve selflessly and with humility. That part ...
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Rejecting Nashville Statement’s Theology of Hate

I was deeply disturbed in learning about the Nashville Statement released by a group of evangelical Christians. In releasing their statement they are trying to deny that all people are created in the loving image of God. They are promoting a theology of hate against a marginalized group which is ...
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Rescue Relief and Recovery after Hurricane Harvey

The devastation of Hurricane Harvey is widespread and we all wonder what we can do to help.  Robert W. Radtke is the President of Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD), and he offers helpful insight in a recent blog article. He discusses three distinct, sometimes overlapping, phases of help as: Rescue, ...
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