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The Presbyterian Church (USA) today announced that the Rev. J. Herbert Nelson has been appointed Director of its Washington, D.C., Office.  The Rev. Nelson recently spoke about the Church’s role in transformation of society, as follows:  

 

to not only push within the confines of society, but to push within the confines of the Christian church, particularly our own denomination. . . . [There is] an inextricable link between righteousness and justice.  In fact, . . . righteousness and justice come from the same Hebrew word, but are sometimes separated in life: we are righteous on Sundays and see justice as merely an option. Sometimes being prophetic and priestly can seem contradictory . . . . Christians are called to be indignant while exhibiting excellent character. How can we be indignant and still be righteous? By helping to create a new reality, one that addresses such issues as health care, the environment, immigration and fiscal responsibility.  We’re called by God to address these realities . . . . We’re called to be priestly in love and prophetic in speaking truth to power.

 

 

The Rev. J. Herbert Nelson

 

 

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Dr. Nelson is a third generation Presbyterian pastor and is married to the Rev. Gail Porter Nelson.   The Rev. Nelson’s blog can be found HERE

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Find inspiration in this passage from Isaiah 58:

Isaiah 58

‘Why have we fasted,’ they say,
‘and you have not seen it?
Why have we humbled ourselves,
and you have not noticed?’
“Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please
and exploit all your workers.

Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife,
and in striking each other with wicked fists.
You cannot fast as you do today
and expect your voice to be heard on high.

Is this the kind of fast I have chosen,
only a day for a man to humble himself?
Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed
and for lying on sackcloth and ashes?
Is that what you call a fast,
a day acceptable to the LORD ?

Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?

Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe him,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.

Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
“If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,

and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.

The LORD will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.

*Image courtesy of Jason Kovacs, the Abba Fund Blog, http://abbafund.wordpress.com

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Micah 6:8

He has showed you, O man, what is good.
       And what does the LORD require of you?
       To act justly and to love mercy
       and to walk humbly with your God.

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Trinity Peacemaker member Alexandria Skinner has been blogging lately about Restorative Justice.  What is Restorative Justice and why should ordinary people care?

Simply put, restorative practices are ways of dealing with conflict that are designed to build peace through restoration of right relationships.  Restorative Justice is the name for restorative practices that are applied within the judicial system.

Restorative Justice can be applied in both civil and criminal law, and is also being widely studied and adopted in schools, juvenile, and family court systems worldwide.  To find out more, check out these blog posts!

Post #1:  What Is Restorative Justice

Post #2:  How Restorative Justice Works

Post #3:  Restorative Justice as Applied Through Restorative Circles

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Ms. Skinner

Ms. Skinner is an attorney in Columbia, SC, whose professional practice is devoted exclusively to mediation and conflict coaching, with emphasis on transformative and restorative practices.  Her blog Peaceworks is devoted to peacemaking, justice, and environmental sustainability.

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