I wear a rosary around my wrist. It was given to me by a woman named Raven. She is an incredibly talented singer and a most generous person. She has also experienced homelessness and struggled with mental illness. I have known her for years. Her gift to me is one of my favorite things. It reminds me that in the center of our faith is a victim of the powers. And also the one with the power to overcome hate, fear, greed, and death with the power of love.
Mercy Junction founder/evangelist, the Rev. Brian Merritt, arrived in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 21, at the height of protesters being met with a violent police response following the police shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. This was Brian’s third update after arriving.
Two days before the first anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, a group of Presbyterians gathered to talk about gun violence.They lit three candles, each representing ten thousand people killed by gun violence every year, and they read three obituaries, each remembering the life of one taken too soon. They prayed for the families of the victims, the perpetrators, and our shared brokenness.
The representational form of democracy known as a republic differs from direct democracy in that it interposes an additional layer of accountability between the people and the decisions rendered by the society. This additional layer is designed as a check on the passions of the "mob," which, when inflamed, can precipitate actions that would undermine the long-term stability and credibility of the society In the larger world community. It seems, however, to have failed us at the present time.