Groundings: Reflections

Groundings: A Shared Vision of Social Justice

For much of my journey of faith, walking in the way of Christ was discussed largely on the individual level (i.e. your personal relationship with Christ). Several years ago, however, I began exploring a more communal vision of our calling and witness. I was also engaging more with social justice issues and was learning to take a more systems approach to change. In both my faith and the pursuit of social justice, I began to see the power of the collective. And perhaps more importantly, I became more aware of those ahead of me who were already well into the work.

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The Vulnerable Voices

The Vulnerable Voices

One of the astounding things about the Bible is the way that it repeatedly gives voice to those whose stories are normally ignored, the marginalized. These are the stories our culture would like to keep hidden. They are the stories of those suffering from economic oppression (the slaves), violence (the women), exclusion (the stranger) and land loss (Indigenous peoples). But these stories are also about those who dare to name the pain, and so dare to hope for God’s newness. When we hear their voices, we too can glimpse the kingdom.

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Groundings: Three Simple Promises for Working Together

Three Simple Promises for Working Together

By David Burrows

From the Catalyst, Summer 2018

The Religious Social Action Coalition of Newfoundland and Labrador (RSACNL) explores the various ways that people of differing faiths continue the work of advocacy for poverty elimination. Their hope is to establish a living wage for the province, and to advocate for a mechanism to apply a fairness lens upon all provincial legislation.

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Groundings: An Advent Call to Listen in the Face of Fear

From The Catalyst Winter 2015

by Dena Nicolai

The longing of Advent and the celebration of Christmas this year must also involve preparing for the arrival of thousands of Syrian refugees. In the midst of these preparations, God’s word in 1 John 4:18 continues to exhort us, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.”

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Groundings: Reflections from Justice Tour 2015

From The Catalyst, Summer 2015

I wish everyone could have had the opportunity to visit those eight cities, participate in the 15 events, and meet with the hundreds of Christians and people of goodwill that came out to these events. I wish you all could have heard the creative ministry and passionate advocacy that is being done all across the country.

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Of Pigsties, Stewardship, and the Flourishing of Creation

Groundings: Of Pigsties, Stewardship, and the Flourishing of Creation

From The Catalyst Spring 2015

At a recent meeting of CPJ’s Board of Directors, an agenda item proposed changing one word in our mission statement. After a spirited discussion, we voted unanimously to replace “stewardship” with “the flourishing of creation.” Despite the word change, the fertile biblical concept of stewardship remains a core element in CPJ’s vision and mission. Thus, the fascinating, somewhat comical, history of the word “steward” is rich and worthy of brief reflection by CPJ’s community.

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Abraham: from alien to citizen

In responding to God’s call, Abraham must become a life-long stranger.

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