Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

Eyes on the Prize Returns!

From the Texas in Africa blog, comes this good news. I hope it leads soon to the availability of DVDS. Schedule viewings with your church youth group. It’s that important.

Eyes on the Prize is coming back to PBS! This is so exciting – the film is the best documentary on the civil rights movement anybody’s made. It’s also been tied up in copyright suits forever, making it impossible to purchase a DVD of the film. Definitely check it out if you get the chance – the first part airs for three consecutive Mondays, starting next week, October 2.
posted by texasinafrica at 9/25/2006 12:47:00 PM

September 25, 2006 Posted by | human rights., race | 2 Comments

Bush’s Denomination Urges End to Iraq War

As reported in Ekklesia, the bishops of the United Methodist Church, Pres. Bush’s denomination, have been part of the Declare Peace Campaign and urge U.S. troops out of Iraq. The article is slightly misleading since it makes it seem like this is a new stand. The UMC leadership was against the invasion from the beginning and was part of the many church groups (every major U.S. denomination except the Southern Baptist Convention!) who wrote Bush in advance against the war. (I drafted the open letter from the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America on 02 August 2002. The BPFNA has taken several further actions since.)

Although Bush brags about his Christianity and having been saved (including from alcaholism and drug abuse) at a Methodist revival, he has consistently ignored the social teachings of his denomination. He does not reflect the beliefs of most United Methodists. (I have Methodist family members who take Bush’s misrepresentation of the UMC personally, just as Baptists were rather thoroughly embarrassed by Bill Clinton’s lax sexual morals.)

Still, this new prominence of faith-based opposition to Bush’s policies in Iraq and elsewhere might lead, I hope, to an end to the fusion of nationalism and Christianity in the pews.

Update: Here is a timeline of all the UMC actions against the Iraq war. Hat tip and thanks to Marty on the Homefront.

September 25, 2006 Posted by | Iraq, peace | 5 Comments