November 2017 Newsletter
Domestic Abuse
We've added Domestic Abuse to the list of issues on our website. Each year more than 10,000,000 people are physically abused by a domestic partner. Domestic abuse affects people in all social, economic, racial & cultural segments of our society. Like the other issues, we've included many relat ed Facts & Figures , Quotes , Publications , Films , Websites , Church Teaching & Prayers .
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In the News
In 2018 the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) will complete a monument to commemorate African Americans who were lynched by domestic terrorists in the United States between 1877 and 1950. The National Memorial to Peace and Justice will be located outside Montgomery, Alabama and list the names of 4,000 victims on 800 columns representing the counties where these people were killed. Learn more. For more about Racism , click here .
The True Cost
A documentary that tells the story about clothing, the people who make it and the impact it’s having. Filmed in countries around the world, from bright runways to dark slums, featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers. Invites viewers to be more aware of the many people and places behind the clothes they wear. Watch the trailer.
For more about Economic Justice , click here .
Stand Your Ground: A History of America's Love Affair with Lethal Self-Defense

By Caroline Light. Explores the development of the American right to self-defense and reveals how the original “duty to retreat” from threat was transformed into a selective right to kill. Traces white America’s attachment to racialized, lethal self-defense by unearthing its complex legal and social histories—from the original “castle laws” of the 1600s, which gave white men the right to protect their homes, to the brutal lynching of “criminal” Black bodies during the Jim Crow era and the radicalization of the NRA as it transitioned from a sporting organization to one of the country’s most powerful lobbying forces. Shows how violent self-defense has been legalized for the most privileged and used as a weapon against the most vulnerable. Read more.
For more on Gun Violence , click here .
How Online Abuse of Women
Has Spiraled Out of Control
A frank TED Talk by Ashley Judd that recounts her ongoing experience of being terrorized on social media for her unwavering activism and calls on citizens of the internet, the tech community, law enforcement and legislators to recognize the offline harm of online harassment. Watch now.
For more on Gender Inequality , click here .
Christians & Modern Day Slavery
A Sojourners “e-book,” part of a related series for personal reflection and group conversation about living out God’s call to put faith into action
for justice. Learn more.
For more on Human Trafficking , click here .

The Execution of God:
Encountering the Death Penalty
By Jeff Hood. A unique spiritual journey into the heart of the death penalty; an invitation to encounter God on the gurney. Invites readers to re-examine their beliefs in the ultimate punishment and consider: God dwells in those on death row and how the death penalty kills ones relationship with God; How society cannot be both people of love and people of murder; How cultural obsession with violence harms spiritual life and How to stop the killing and join the work of abolition and restoration. Read more.
For more on Capital Punishment , click here .
Beyond Colorblind:
Redeeming Our Ethnic Journey
By Sarah Shin. Reveals how one's brokenness around ethnicity can be restored and redeemed, for one's own wholeness and for the good of others. When a person experiences internal transformation in one's ethnic journeys, God propels him or her outward in a reconciling witness to the world. Shows how to make space for God's healing of ethnic stories, helps readers grow in cross-cultural skills, manage cross-cultural conflict, pursue reconciliation and justice, and share the gospel as ethnicity-aware Christians. Read more.
For more on Racism , click here .
Transforming Communities: How People Like You are Healing Their Neighborhoods
By Sandhya Jha. Opens ones eyes to the world-healing potential within, and gives the vision, the tools, and the encouragement to start transforming neighborhoods, one person at a time. Read more.
For more on Community Organizing , click here .
Speak Peace: A Daily Reader
A resource from Brethren Press, a collection of 366 daily readings—stories, musings, and historical writings rooted in the Church of the Brethren, known for its longstanding commitment to making peace. Read more.
For more on Peace , click here .
and Where It Is Taking America
By James Atwood. The work of a retired Presbyterian pastor and avid deer hunter, who for half a century who has been in the forefront of the faith community's fight for two constitutional rights: the right to keep and bear arms and the right to live in domestic tranquility, free of gun violence. Explains why guns mystically control so many Americans and exposes the fallacies of the gun industry's spurious claim that firearms actually protect us. Argues there are no bona fide scientific studies that show defensive guns save people from harm, while there is voluminous research showing a defensive gun puts the owner and his or her family at greater risk.
For more on Gun Violence , click here .
A Better Country:
Embracing the Refugees in Our Midst

By Cindy Wu. Aims to help Christians―specifically Christians in the United States―think theologically and practically about the global refugee crisis. Divided into seven lessons, including a Personal Action Plan that can be done individually or in a group setting. Read more.
For more on Refugees , click here .

Finding Jesus Among Muslims: How Loving Islam Makes Me a Better Catholic
By Jordan Duffner. Drawing from church teaching, the stories of saints and martyrs, and extensive personal experiences living among Muslims in both the United States and the Middle East, the author explains why all Christians are called to participate in a "dialogue of life" with Muslims. Read more.
For resources on Religious Intolerance , click here .
Dialogue of the Heart:
Christian-Muslim Stories of Encounter
By Martin McGee. Presents a plea encouraging Christians to cultivate harmonious relationships with their Muslim neighbors and illuminates the way in which they can do this in everyday life. Read more.
For resources on Religious Intolerance , click here .
Important Dates This Month

Individuals Honored This Month
(November 8th)
I firmly believe that our salvation depends on the poor.
 (November 9th)
Always remember that there is no conversion to God if there is no conversion to the oppressed.
(November 9th)
The only genuine elite is the elite of those men and women who gave their lives to justice and charity.
(November 14th)
To be just, it is not enough to refrain from injustice. One must go further, and refuse to play it’s game: substituting love for self-interest as the driving force of society.

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