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a prayer for the victims and perpetrators of injustice

For Victims and Perpetrators of Injustice
(From “Prayers for Justice and Peace”)

For all those who have fallen victim to hatred and inhumanity, for those loved ones who are left behind to mourn, for the souls of those whose hearts are cold, Lord, hear our prayer.
For the children who are being born into this world of conflict and violence, for women and mothers who suffer needlessly, Lord, hear our prayer.
For all those who have been forced into unemployment, who long to return to work, for all those who struggle to support their families, Lord, hear our prayer.
For the soldiers who are misguided in thinking that their bullets will bring about peace, for those who feel called to conscientiously object to military orders, Lord, hear our prayer.
For the children who cry in their beds at night and wonder “what have I done?”
For the mothers and fathers who must try to explain the unexplainable, Lord, hear our prayer.
For all the children who have died before their time, for the soldiers who allow their uniform to strip them of their humanity, for the healers who are denied the opportunity to use their gifts, Lord, hear our prayer.
For the redemption of souls of both victim and perpetrator, for those who commit themselves to the forgiveness of sins, Lord, hear our prayer. AMEN.

why aren’t we outraged?

If there is such an animal as a just war, then going to war against the unnecessary evil of hunger would qualify. Allowing even one child to go to bed hungry is sinful. Business as usual when 13,000,000 kids go hungry in the richest, most blessed country in the history of the planet is just obscene. There’s nothing moral in that, and there’s certainly nothing Christian about it either.

being hungry is not a sin

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Inequality continues to grow in the United States as the wealth being amassed the top one percent gets ever larger and more of the lower middle class is being pushed into poverty. This is not just and it is not sustainable in the long run.

At the same time this is happening we now have those that stridently blame the poor and hungry, demonizing them for being poor. This is not only wrong and totally mean-spirited, it shows a disregard for the truth and a lack of compassion that borders on being immoral.

 

a failing grade

The test of the morality of a society is how it treats its children.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The test scores are coming in. And they show we have not only failed, but failed miserably.

We have not studied enough. We have not prepared, and we certainly haven’t paid attention in class. And so, we are failing this test even as we are failing the children of our world.

Our society hasn’t given up on our children, but even a cursory examination shows the obvious mistreatment of those who will come after us. We have sinned by omission and we have sinned by commission in regards to children.

We have ignored the studies and reports of increasing child hunger in our own country and have turned a blind eye to the millions of malnourished and hungry children in other lands.

We have allowed our education system to decline and have become deaf to the cries of those calling for increased funding to maintain a solid educational infrastructure.

Not doing the right thing is as bad as doing that which is wrong. Both are a indication of our morality. In regards to our children, we have failed the test.

 

a prayer for resurrection power

O God, this glorious Easter morning the resurrection promises us the inheritance of new life in Jesus Christ. May we live in resurrection power as your abiding grace moves us to ensure that the full abundance of your creation is used to conquer  hunger and poverty in our world as surely as you have conquered sin, death and the grave..  Amen

willful blindness is a deadly sin

The article that follows is from the Huffington Post, and is another great example of a Church leader taking a powerful stand. It is decidedly refreshing,  and a sign of hope that we have leaders who will call a spade a spade and who demonstrate leadership on critical issues of our time.

Climate change and global warming impacts all of us. It is especially severe on those who have the least ability to mitigate its deadly effects. Those who intentionally turn a blind eye to climate change and its impacts on the poor and hungry are harming us all and helping destroy God’s perfect creation. And like the good bishop said, that is sin.

Head Of The Episcopal Church Says It’s ‘Sinful’ To Ignore Climate Change

KATHERINE JEFFERTS SCHORI

The presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church had strong words this week for people who deny climate change based on “political interests” or “willful blindness.”

“The Judeo-Christian tradition has always called those motivations sinful,” Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori said Tuesday at an event to raise awareness about climate change. “It’s decidedly wrong to use resources that have been given into our collective care in ways that diminish the ability of others to share in abundant life.”

Speaking at an Episcopal Church event in Los Angeles called The Climate Change Crisis, Jefferts Schori said that humanity has reached a “life and death” decision to change the tide of climate change and that the window of opportunity “will not last long.”

“We are making war on the integrity of this planet,” she said. “We were planted in this garden to care for it, literally to have dominion over its creatures. Dominion means caring for our island home.”

Tuesday’s event kicked off a 30-day challenge for people to learn about and advocate for environmental change. Over the course of the initiative, which ends on Earth Day, April 22, participants who sign up on the Episcopal Church’s website will receive daily emails with information to help them reduce their carbon footprint and spread awareness about climate initiatives in their communities.

Climate protection is an issue of personal interest for Jefferts Schori, who has a doctorate in oceanography and worked as a marine biologist before entering the priesthood in 1994. The bishop is a backpacker and nature lover who has studied interconnected systems like the circulation of water, the atmosphere and marine geology.

The Episcopal Church as a whole has made environmental stewardship a top priority. The Episcopal Ecological Network was formed in 1986 to provide educational resources to Episcopal churches around the U.S. and build grassroots efforts to address environmental issues in communities.

In 2012 the church partnered with interfaith environmental nonprofit GreenFaith to launch a certification program for Episcopal churches around the country to make their worship and educational facilities more environmentally friendly.

“We are meant to love God and what God has created and to love our neighbors as ourselves,” Jefferts Schori said Tuesday. “Jesus insists that those who will enjoy abundant life are those who care for all neighbors, especially the ‘least of these’ — the hungry and thirsty, the imprisoned and sick — and that must include all the species that God has nurtured on this planet.”

a prayer in praise of creation

O Lord,
We know that you are the great Creator, and that everything lovely and beautiful in this world has come from you. We praise your mighty name for the amazing works you have done on behalf. We come humbly to you, Father, and ask your forgiveness for our having spoiled the beauty and purity of your creation. For we know that our sins, and ours alone, have polluted and corrupted you world. Help us to repent of our sinful ways and to work to restore your world to its original glory. And yet, let us never worship your creation, but only you, the marvelous Creator and genius of the universe.  Amen

[taken from for they shall be fed, edited by Ronald J. Sider]

being hungry is not a sin

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O God,

You are the Creator and Lover of all that exists. Open our eyes, open our hearts, to the beauty of all you have given us, and let us recognize that beauty in every soul we meet.

Help us to stop judging those different than ourselves, and help us to stop being afraid to reach out in the love and compassion of your Son to meet the needs of those around us who are broken and struggling.

Grant us the wisdom to realize we are all one family, and  grant us the courage to live faithfully in the midst of a hungry and hurting world.      Amen