A Midnight Clear: Hope in America’s Present Darkeness

 For Christmas in 1849, when nearly four million people were enslaved in America, abolitionists introduced a new carol. “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” celebrated the announcement of “peace on earth, good will to men” as more than a sentiment to warm people’s hearts. It was a proclamation that injustice could not last forever. In [Read More...]

No One Knows Enough

Since we opened a third home here at Rutba House(s) this summer, I’ve found myself praying morning prayer in three different places each week. The same old songs ring a bit differently in each place, inviting me to see what God is up to from a different vantage point. I’ve been praying with my eyes [Read More...]

Vote Your Dreams, Not Your Fears: #MoralWeekofAction Concludes in Raleigh

On the 51st anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Justice, the #MoralWeekofAction concluded yesterday with rallies and organizing meetings at 12 state capitals.  Though local print and TV media covered many of these events, Sarah Bufkin of the NC NAACP captured the spirit of the one I attended in Raleigh, NC. The [Read More...]

Sound the Shofar! Women Lead #MoralWeekofAction

In 14 state capitals across the US, faith and justice leaders are organizing a Moral Week of Action to conclude the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, in which he exhorted the crowd to “go home” to Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi to work for justice. As a faith-rooted organizing effort, the [Read More...]

Give Us New Eyes

By Shane Claiborne It’s been said that our politics are often shaped by what we see out the window. Twenty years ago, if you’d asked me if I think police treat people fairly regardless of race, I would have said “Yes,” just like 70% of white folks in the recent Pew survey.  In fact, 30 [Read More...]

Don’t Let Anyone Look Down on Your Youth: #MoralWeekofAction Day 4

In 12 state capitals across the US, faith and justice leaders are organizing a Moral Week of Action to conclude the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, in which he exhorted the crowd to “go home” to Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi to work for justice. Read news coverage of yesterday’s action [Read More...]

Prayer for Day 3 of Moral Week of Action

This is the third daily meditation in a seven-part series of prayers for the Moral Week of Action coordinated by the Forward Together Moral Movement at 12 state capitols. If you missed them, here are links to the meditations for first two days: Day 1: Labor and Economic Justice, by Dr. Rodney Sadler Day 2: Education, by [Read More...]

Prayer for Moral Week of Action: Day 2, Education

Since late spring of 2013, Rev. William J. Barber II and the HKonJ Coalition in North Carolina have led the Forward Together Moral Movement to expose extremists’ plans to re-make government in America from the state house up. Over 1,000 people have been arrested for civil disobedience over the past 16 months. Announcing a Moral [Read More...]

Love Is the Final Fight

The first Tuesday in August is National Night Out in neighborhoods across urban America. Roadblocks stop traffic on one block or another as old men roll grills into the street and the young fellas gather for a pick-up game. Grandmas put their lawn chairs out on the sidewalk, and little girls skip rope double Dutch [Read More...]

Julia Dinsmore: Singing Freedom’s Song

I led a workshop in Minnesota last week for the good folks at Collegeville Institute. (If you don’t know them, check em out here. They’re doing great work to support faith-rooted writing in the world.) A highlight of the week was getting to hang out with Julia Dinsmore, freedom singer, medicine story-teller, and great porch sitter [Read More...]


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