Finding Faith in Freedom Fighting

Sara PomeroyI’m glad to have Sara Pomeroy sharing with us on the blog today. Sara is the Founder and Executive Director of the Richmond Justice Initiative. Here post is such an appropriate follow-up to yesterday’s post discussing discipleship and justice. It all starts here:

I was on my way to this speaking engagement dragging my feet a bit (not gonna lie) as I was not sure of the turn out and, as I suspected, there was a small group of 6 people. Given the crowd I decided to gather in a group together and share from my heart, but I wanted to hear their stories first of how they initially heard about the issue of Modern Day Slavery.

My message that evening was my personal story of going from worship leader to freedom fighter, the walk of faith it has been, and then informing them of how they can join the battle against injustice.

“When it comes to the work of justice, prayer is where we begin, prayers is how the battle is fought and prayer is how the battle against injustice is won.”

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A Testimony about Grace, Compassion, & Reconciliation

I am still encouraging my readers and friends to sign the “Open Letter to the Evangelical Church” which was drafted by 80 Asian American leaders who call for a dialog concerning cultural insensitivities and the racial reconciliation needed in the American Church. My friend, Vivian Mabuni, shares her personal testimony about entering into the lives of others and how that increases our understanding and compassion for those who are different than us.

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Vivian Mabuni photoI don’t use the word “retard” or “retarded” anymore when I refer to myself after I mess up.

I have two author friends, Amy Julia Becker, author of “A Good and Perfect Gift” andGillian Marchenko, author of “Sunshine Down.” They both have daughters who have Down Syndrome. Knowing a bit of their story and their heart, I understand with a new awareness why flippantly tossing that word around is hurtful. This is true even when my intention has been to make fun of myself and not directed at another to harm or insult. In the past I have used the word, but now that I have faces and a connection with my friends, I have woven the understanding into my daily life and word choices.

I don’t put my hand up to my head and form a pretend gun and act like I pull the trigger when I feel frustrated with someone, or try to be funny and use that motion with “you’re killing me” when something ridiculous happens.

I had a friend and former student who took her life in this manner. I am personally aware how this action, even when done in jest, can be hurtful.

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HOT TOPIC: The Unraveling of a Christian Marriage

I am honored to introduce author/speaker and fellow Redbud writer, Elisabeth Klein Corcoran who just released her new book, Unraveling: Holding on to Your Faith through the End of a Christian Marriage. And before some people get too nervous, I affirm that Elisabeth has a high view of the marriage covenant. Unfortunately, because we as Christians remain in a fallen world where people continuously choose to sin, some marriages are forced to necessary endings. When divorce happens in the church, we need a better way of listening and supporting those who have already been grievously hurt in the process. It is why this understanding that I have interviewed Elisabeth concerning her new book and the Hot Topic of divorce.

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