Tag Archives: Social justice

There is no “us”, there is no “them”

There is no you, there is no me. There’s only God that I can see. There is no us, there is no them. There’s only God. Amen. — “There’s only God” by Richard Burdick A simple meditative chant. Yet it sparked in me, if just for a few moments, a sense of true connectedness with […]

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Are we master builders or workers in this world?

Parable of the 3 Stonecutters An old story tells of three stonecutters who were asked what they were doing. The first replied, ‘I am making a living.’ The second kept on hammering while he said, ‘I am doing the best job of stonecutting in the entire country.’ The third one looked up with a visionary gleam […]

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This Thanksgiving Say a Prayer for the World

Thanksgiving is a time to stop and reflect with gratitude all the goodness we have in our lives. This, year, I hope it will also be a time to recommit ourselves to empowering others, living compassionately, and putting God’s Spirit into action through serving and praying for the world. Here are five table graces to […]

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Bottom Line: Generosity and Micro-Grants Reduce Poverty

By the time I launched into my opening story about Winkly and Jane in Malawi the classroom at Illinois College was pretty full. About 60 students and faculty were there for my discussion of micro-finance and my passionate defense of micro-grants as the best pathway out of poverty. In the three minutes before I remembered […]

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Why we take time to listen

Are you surprised that what many people really want is to be listened to? How are we really going to understand people and interact compassionately and effectively if we don’t really know the other person? We recognize that listening is essential for international aid. Spirit in Action focuses on creating lasting partnerships and we don’t […]

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