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Our Top 10 Articles in 2016

It’s been a great year for Do Justice. Thanks for reading and learning along with us, as we wrestled with faith with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other (Karl Barth)!

  1. God is in Control but I am Still Hurting (Paola Fuentes Gleghorn)

"As a woman, a Latina, a woman of color, and an immigrant living in the U.S., I feel so scared and unwelcome right now. Regardless of who you voted for, I need you to be my neighbor, my brother or sister right now."

  1. A Prayer of Love in the Face of Violence (Sophia Henager, Kate Kooyman, Shannon Jammal-Hollemans)

"If you’re struggling to know what to say, and how to say it, when addressing the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile and the shootings of Dallas police officers in personal prayer or during Sunday worship, consider using these prayers, summary, litany, and additional worship resources that we have compiled."

  1. #CRCListens: Dialogue is Hard, but It's Worth It (Joseph Kuilema)

"We always have to push ourselves to remember the human being sitting at the keyboard, created equally in the image of God."

  1. Live Justly for Lent: for Middle School Student (Jeff Minkus)

"I pray that you find yourself firmly rooted in God’s love. From this identity, may you discover God’s call to partner in restoring the brokenness around us all—following God’s lead and coming alongside all sorts of different people in bringing redemption."

  1. #CRCListens: I Think It's More Complicated than That (Thyra VanKeeken)

"Don’t stop talking. Don’t stop confronting overly simplistic explanations. Don’t walk away. Speak up. And do it in a way that promotes the dignity of everyone, even the person you disagree with. We might just change the world."

  1. What to Say to Kids about Pilgrims and Indians (Kate Kooyman, Shannon Jammal-Hollemans, Carol Bremer-Bennett)

"Here are a few tips that Carol Bremer-Bennett (the co-Director of World Renew, who is Navajo) helped us put together that parents can use to help their children gain a more accurate picture of our Thanksgiving myth and its impact on Native Americans during this season."

  1. #CRCListens: Listening - It's More than Just Tolerance (Rob Barrett)

"If we are willing to sacrificially love non-Christians, shouldn’t we all the more embody Christ for our Christian brothers and sisters?"

  1.  Live Justly for Lent

"So how can we live justly during this season of Lent? We tackled this question on Do Justice by featuring blog posts from a variety of writers--teachers, pastors, justice advocates, and more. From justice activities for the classroom to activities for you and your kids to activities to complete individually, use these ideas to give you the courage to act justly, love sacrificially, and rejoice in the triumph of God’s justice in Jesus at Easter."

  1.  What do Pipelines have to do with the Doctrine of Discovery (Kyle Meyaard-Schaap)

"Until we wrestle with all the ways that Discovery has infected our institutions, our imaginations, and our souls, I fear we are doomed to repeat its pattern of destruction and oppression. Only this time, in a world whose Discovery-induced scars of massive ecosystem loss, mass species extinction, and runaway climate change are more visible than ever, we ourselves could very well be among the victims."

  1.  Introducing...Ali Short! (Ali Short)

"Ali is the newest member of the Office of Social Justice team. She joins our team as the Policy Analyst and Advocacy Fellow. Ali comes to us from a background in social work at Spectrum Health after attending Calvin College and receiving a masters in social work from the University of Michigan. We are thrilled to have Ali as part of the team!" Here are a few questions we asked her for you to get to know her.

 

Would you like to write for Do Justice? Send our editor a message at drowaan@crcna.org and pitch your story idea! And if you’re not so excited about writing but have something you’d like to say, no problem. We can also interview you.

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