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Events

December 2018 Seminal Books Conversation and Salon

December 13, 2018

Join us for our December Seminal Books Conversation!

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The Word is Action: Engaging the Bible and Social Justice in memory of Walter Wink

October 20, 2016

In the 21st Century, the work of activists in the field of social justice has become increasingly intersectional. The environmental...

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The Art of Contextual Bible Study - Webinar

March 03, 2016

Please join the Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice, this spring, for a St. Ambrose University Bible & Justice Conference...

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Ched Myers and Rabbi Arthur Waskow on Deep Ecumenism

July 07, 2015

July 15, at 7:00 P.M.  The Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice, will co-host activists and theologians,...

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Telling the Stories of Jesus as a Strategy for Social Justice and Peacemaking in the Global Community.

May 31, 2015

A weekend workshop of the Network of Biblical Storytellers, International & The Center and Library for the Bible and Social...

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News

The Messenger and Our Broken Covenants

Reading the Bible as an Activist

Brian Merritt

Covenants are important indications of our obligations to our fellow world and to the God we hope to have allegiance. It is passed time for us to raise our voices for all humans in this world as brothers and sisters in whom we recognize a covenant.

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Advent One - A Thin Veil of Peace

Reading the Bible as an Activist

Jennifer Henry

In these times, the veil seems very thin. To anyone with even an ounce of the will to see, “the signs” (21:25) are 24-7 neon lights. In Canada, oil spills and melting ice signal man-made eco-destruction, as we, despite what might be called positive leadership rhetoric, buy pipelines, disregard Indigenous rights, and miss every greenhouse gas reduction target we set for ourselves.

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Jesus Rules : Reign of Christ Sunday

Reading the Bible as an Activist

Amaury Tañón-Santos

The Feast of the Reign of Christ marks the last Sunday of the liturgical year. If your community is one that follows the Revised Common Lectionary, you would have followed the gospel of Mark this year (Year B). The oldest of the canonical gospels, and the shortest, Mark is both encouraging and challenging to the social justice activist. In the words of Dr. Eliseo Pérez Álvarez, “Mark focuses his (narrative) in the day to day of the Nazarene, in his liberating works and on the death on the cross as a consequence of his lifestyle, one in favor of the untouchables, the destitute and the anonymous.” (Conozca su Biblia: Marcos, pg. 3).

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Struggling with Faith

Reading the Bible as an Activist

Shannan Vance-Ocampo

A lectionary blog of the Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice

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Watch Out For the Billionaire Philanthropist

Reading the Bible as an Activist

Aric Clark

The “story of the widow’s mite” as it’s often called, most commonly gets read as a feel-good story about the generosity of the poor. It is frequently used in congregational settings as an encouragement toward sacrificial giving on the part of members toward the church. It is unfortunate, that the context of the story makes this a most unlikely reading.

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