Archive for May, 2007

hope finds in christ not only a consolation in suffering, but also the protest of the divine promise against suffering. if paul calls death the ‘last enemy’ (I cor. 15.26), then the opposite is also true: that the risen christ, and with him the resurrection hope, must be declared to be the enemy of death and of a world that puts up with death. faith takes up this contradiction and thus becomes itself a contradiction to the world of death. that is why faith, wherever it develops into hope, causes not rest but unrest, not patience but impatience. it does not calm the unquiet heart, but is itself this unquiet heart in man. those who hope in christ can no longer put up with reality as it is, but begin to suffer under it, to contradict it. peace with god means conflict with the world, for the goad of the promised future stabs inexorably into the flesh of every unfulfilled present.

jurgen moltmann, theology of hope


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justice for all

here is a video about the concept of justice produced by the relief agency Christian Aid (based out of the U.K.)

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a list of modern-day abolitionists from sojouners

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human trafficking

yesterday in my home town of kansas city, several raids on massage parlors occurred.

the allegations that are being brought forward are that young women were trafficked across international borders for the purpose of prostitution.

this is modern day slavery. we think william wilberforce ended the slave trade once and for all. we think the civil war ended the existence of slavery in the united states.

work still needs to be done to end slavery and the exploitation of our fellow brothers and sisters.

here is the article from the kansas city star about the parlor raids.

the march 2007 issue of sojouners magazine was dedicated to the issue of modern day slavery.

here is the affidavit

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here are the criteria of fairly traded products that the fair trade federation has put forward:

  1. paying fair wages in local context
  2. supporting participatory workplaces
  3. ensuring environmental sustainability
  4. supplying financial and technical support
  5. respecting cultural identity
  6. offering public accountability
  7. educating consumers (go here for more info)

so why is fair trade important? the tendency of western capitalism is drive, drive, drive for the bottom line. this means finding the cheapest and fastest way possible to create goods. whether intentionally done or not, this has led to exploitation of laborers and land. so, in america when we buy our mass produced coffee, we support economic practices that neglect human rights. we walk into our super stores and have no idea where the products come from, and what practices our money is supporting.

fair trade is an opportunity to stop and think. it is an opportunity to engage injustices that are occurring in our own backyard and around the world. it is an opportunity to hope for a better world where people matter, rather than making a profit.

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in the medium of hope our theological concepts become not judgments which nail reality down to what it is, but anticipations which show reality its prospects and its future possibilities.

jurgen moltmann, theology of hope

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planet earth

my wife and i have recently become aware of the depth of suffering, slavery and harm that we unintentionally cause because of our choices when we shop for anything as simple as sugar or a t-shirt. in the book of common prayer we pray for the lord to forgive us for the things we have done and left undone. we live in a privileged state. have we left justice undone?

it take conscience choices everyday. it is difficult because we are left with the troubling fact that our comfort and convenience is cheep for us, but detrimental to millions around the world.

this is our struggle of trying to be compassionate in our global community.

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