Tag Archives: Social justice
The Yuba family shows us that they have enough food - good bread and chicken - from their pottery and kiosk business successes. (Kasozi, Uganda)

Fostering dignity in myself and others

“If I fail to treat someone with dignity, it is me, not them, who is undignified.” In other words, to keep my own dignity – that sense of self-respect and pride in oneself – I must honor everyone else’s dignity. Just because someone is poor it doesn’t mean they can’t or don’t have self-respect. In fact, […]

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Some of the team in Manyamula Village in Malawi that is standing up for justice and hope in their community.

Called to action – now

Yesterday, Boyd and I took our lunch break to read Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail aloud to each other. Reading it in its entirety, rather than in a series of quotes, I was impressed by frequent references to God, Jesus, and Biblical figures. There are many deeply moving quotes from King about […]

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SIA local coordinators from all over Africa sing together in Kenya

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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Hastings and Ruth with sturdy bricks for their house. (Malawi)

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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The MAVISALO Maize Mill cooperative helps bring food security and prosperity to rural Malawi.

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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