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NY Daily News: Working to 'build a blessed city' here

Interfaith Assembly was highlighted by the New York Daily News this past Sunday, June 3, 2012.

MLK, Faith and Fearlessness

"Too many of us are afraid of our light. I have heard countless times in my ministry that some people -- no matter their race -- feel unworthy of God, think they can't be used by God. Let us not be afraid of the liberating love-power at work within us. We are afraid to speak up, to stand in, to voice our disgust and disappointment at the ways systemic racism continues to grip our nation in its ferocious teeth. We are waiting on someone else to do it, waiting for some hero to arise and lead us to freedom. And while we wait, the myth of "post racial" plays in our country because we elected an African-American president. While we wait, we build higher fences on our borders to the south, where the darker brothers and sisters live, our xenophobia and racism seething under the guise of immigration control.

"It's important that we address the ways race matters in our communities, and why not start in our churches? We need faithful, courageous leaders who are unafraid of their light, unafraid to turn God's liberating love loose in a world that desperately needs it."

The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis looks at faith and fearlessness in the life and ministry of Martin Luther King, Jr. and its continuing relevence today. You can read the full text of her reflection at Huffington Post.

Occupy the Courts on Fri. Jan. 20 -- Say No To "Citizens United"

From Coffee Party Board Member Eric Byler:

On Friday Jan. 20, the Coffee Party is joining Move to Amend and democracy advocates across the US to hold more than 80 rallies in front of federal court buildings, including the US Supreme Court. These rallies will launch grassroots campaigns for ballot initiatives and resolutions rejecting the "Citizens United" decree for unlimited, anonymous spending to influence our elections.

 

Momentum has been building in recent months, with resolutions passed by city councils in Los Angeles and New York City, and the Montana Supreme Court asserting that states have the right to prevent the corporate purchase of their governments.  Let's make this happen in states, towns, and cities across the country.

 

Here are some actions you can take:

 

Biblical Economic Justice: Supply and Demand Isn't Enough

Rabbi Dr Bradley Shavit Artson argues that the moral requirment to honor human dignity requires that society look beyond a rigid adherence to the efficient law of supply and demand to meet the needs of people in society; especially those of society's vulnerable.

Read his essay in the Huffington Post.

Excellent Overview of Housing and Mortgages on Affordable Housing

This guide aims to help persons of low income gain an understanding of the options available when it comes to finding affordable housing and getting a mortgage. By the end of this guide the reader should have a better grasp of the following:

  • The advantages and disadvantages of home ownership for low income earners.
  • How to determine whether the home you are interested in really is affordable.
  • The process for finding, getting a contract on, and closing on your new home.
  • The responsibility for budgeting for incidentals.
  • Considerations regarding homelessness and home ownership.
  • Programs that may help you achieve your dream of home ownership.

Read more at Housing and Mortgages on Affordable Housing

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