Friday, July 30, 2010

Offs and Ons of Integrity

I hope we can use this space for more than announcements and links. I am working on getting a justice focused hymn posted, and asked Chalice's Poet Laureate to give us something beautiful about justice. He came through and here it is:

Offs and Ons of Integrity

Twenty four years ago black
farmers lost their land. Now I’m
helping a white woman keep
her terrain. A remembrance
in a speech given by a black
woman in March. Obviously
innocent pieces were torn out,
put on-line as unfit for a regime’s
worker. A strain for all, but
is made straight for Justice in
a White House union – free
speech stands while she allows
a president to sit and wonder.


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Cool Links

I just added a couple of cool links to the right. Suggestions are welcome.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

New Laws

Tomorrow laws passed by the Arizona Legislature that did not contain an emergency clause will go into effect. This includes the well known SB1070 that targets people living in this country who entered or remained in the country without documentation. It also includes the less known prohibition on creating "animal human hybrids," the anti-mermaid law.

What these two laws have in common is that they were enacted out of fear. Ultimately, I think that is the problem. Whatever are problems are as a society, when we act in a reactionary fashion out of fear we will fail.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

First Post

This blog is a collaborative project of Chalice Christian Justice Ministries. Chalice Christian determine a little over a year ago that it was not enough for the church to do charitable work. The church was also called to follow Jesus Christ in standing up for justice. During our first year, we proclaimed our support for the GLBT community and specifically held a symposium to consider how our faith called us to support marriage equality. This year we have turned our attention to advocating for an anti-racist, pro-reconciling world.

Posts here will likely cover a range of justice topics. Justice for the poor, and justice for our descendants through treating the planet with respect are other areas of great passion at Chalice.

Yours in Christ,
Jim Barton II