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Social justice is social gospel is what California's Faithful is all about.

How Do You Imagine God?
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How do you imagine God? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator In many more ways than even our followers and friends and faithful can imagine. That's why this place is open to all who find God in the best of what the world and the heavans envision.

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I believe ... no, we believe, that this site is about what social justice Christians believe and so we skip down to a discussion of the vast pluralism that is the California Council of Churches and California Church IMPACT and what we all struggle to achieve. Please share your thoughts too.

How I Practice My Faith

Where and when do you practice your faith? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator We practice everywhere across California and over our lifetimes. The California Council of Churches represents some 5,000 churches and more than 1.5 million regular congregants. Together and seperately we practice in ways that celebrate this diversity and engage mainstream and Protestant Christians and our friends and allies in all places possible. See more about who we are as a family on our website, http://CalChurches.org.
Does your family practice more than one religion or faith? If so, how do you blend the traditions? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Indeed. Our family practices many, many different religions and faiths. In fact, we thrive on the pluralism that is the essence of our being. We blend our traditions by maintaining a confidence that our God embraces all those who see the best of creation as a reflection of justice, fairness, equality and hope for believers and non-believers or questioners alike.
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Today it is more difficult than it should be. Too many people across our world see only the bad elements of organized faith. Our work at this time is often focused on using our connections and our connectivity to RETREND religion toward a renewed affirmation in that which is good about spiritual pluralism.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator In the many houses of the California Council of Churches, the thing that most represents our faith is the belief that justice is the blood and the wine of life. (Rick ... this needs lots of help.)
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The Bible probably belongs in here somewhere ... but what do you suggest, Rick?

Religion & the Public Square

What should be the role of religion in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The California Council of Churches serves as a prophetic witness to the Christian gospel for nearly 5,000 congregations throughout California. This means being spiritual leaders and policy advocates; it means giving help to those in need and facilitating discussions on issues of concern to our faith community, including the heartfelt realities of hunger, homelessness, health care, violence, civil rights, economic justice and religious liberty--all of which need to be studied by local congregations and brought to the attention of policymakers.
Should courses about religion be taught in public schools? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The gospels of social justice are not tied to any one God or prophet and thus belong equally beside other moral and academic discussions of education as a force and source of good, fairness and humanity. Religion has good and bad reflections in history but needs to be fairly depicted as a major source of change and betterment for those who suffer from the sins that exploit others. If religious precepts are properly understood they would and could be as welcome in schools as they could and should be welcome as a community builder in all areas of the public square.
Should the Bible, Torah, Quran or other religious texts be taught as works of literature in public schools? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The Bible and all other major religious books are reflections of ideas set into the imagery of our times -- sometimes past times and sometimes future times. In that regard they share much with literature. But ... (HELP HERE)
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Interfaith dialogue is the heart and soul of mainstream and Protestant Christianity and it is the life blood of social justice spirituality. We celebrate this tenet of community building particularly at times like this when a lack of dialogue and understanding has led many to misunderstand what some faiths really honor. The Council of Churches uses this weapon of good as our key tool for progress and we are actively showing how ....
Do you feel that you have a duty, because of your faith, to put your beliefs into action? What are some of those actions? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Absolutely, which is why we have begun our initiative to RETREND social justice Christianity. Too many people see only the bad of selected parts of faith and the faithful, and we believe it is critical that mainstream churches step forward and return that which is good to the forefront of our work and all our actions. We detail this work on our webpage and are continuing to do so today even in the face of challenging issues such as Marriage Equality, Inclusive Immigration, sexuality, parenting choices, and so much more.
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Absolutely NOT. They grow to fill the universe of pluralism and opportunity the shines with the breadth of possibililties and joy. (MORE)
Has 9/11 had any impact on your thoughts about religion? Are you more/less interested in learning about other religions? Do you feel more/less comfortable expressing your religious beliefs? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator 9/11 is a hurtful representation of what happens when the greatness of faith is derailed by the political directives of a few who hate and fear those who are different. From the ashes of these fires of division will grow new crops of ..... STUCK ON THIS ONE

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Published October 11, 2010

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