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By: Alexander Carpenter

Check out the Daily Faith News Reel.

It is updated five days a week and includes major and minor news articles and opinion pieces on faith groups and politics around America.

Progressive Faith Blog Conference

I am attending the Progressive Faith Blog Conference this weekend.

It is a gathering of about thirty-five folks from various faith traditions who blog about progressive values.

Jews like Velveteen Rabbi and Jspot.

Christians like Talk to Action and Christian Alliance for Progress and Street Prophets and Xpatriated Texan.

Muslims like Islamicate.

Buddhists like Hoarded Ordinaries.

If you want to read live comments from the conference visit the Progressive Faith Blog Con web site.

It is turning into a very exciting discussion.

War, Peace and the Minimum Wage

Young Adventist Lebanese blogger Johnny tackles Israel and Hezbollah. Well researched, he writes: "Israel is wrong in attacking Lebanon for the sins of Hezbollah. Israel does have a right to defend itself.  But Israel is behaving cowardly by not attacking the real backers of the Hezbollah missiles, Syria and Iran.  Obviously they are not attacking Syria or Iran as Syria and Iran can actually defend themselves."

Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973) was the first woman ever elected to the
U.S. Congress, and a native of Missoula, Montana. She was elected in
1916, before women nationwide had the right to vote. In 1917 she joined
a handful of representatives who voted against entry into World War
I asserting, despite harsh criticism and certain damage to her career,
that "the first time the first woman had a chance to say no against
war she should say it."

Visit this site to see some Adventist women who carry on that tradition: Adventist Women 4 Peace

Finally, over at Faith in Context Monte Sahlin writes:

"Why would anyone want to pay an employee so little that the employee
cannot provide the cheapest possible housing and food for him or
herself? Would you be willing to look a person in the eyes and say, 'Because you do not have the education that you should and don't vote,
I want you to work for me at about half the real cost of the labor you
are going to do. And, I want you to go the church down the block and to
your parents and get them to provide the other half so that I can
afford this project.'???"

Read a really thoughtful post on Christian responsiblity and the minimum wage.

Art: Theodore Prescott exhibit, "The Reconstituted Cross"

By Sharon
Fujimoto-Johnson

Exhibit: Theodore Prescott's "The Reconstituted Cross"June 1 through July 28, 2006Henry Luce III Center for the Arts
and Religion, Wesley
Theological Seminary
, Washington D.C.


"If the purpose of the cross is symbolic, the question is
'what is being symbolized?' In my experience the answer found in too many church
crosses is, 'not much.' Their conventionality precludes contemplation.... My
goal was to begin to reconstitute this basic Christian symbol," Prescott says in
his artist's statement.Prescott's reconstituted crosses made
of stone, wood, metal, and found objects invite us to look anew at the cross
and its metaphorical meanings. Curator Deborah Sokolove writes in her statment,
"In Prescott’s work, the traditional Christian meanings of the cross are
extended, rather than questioned; deepened, rather than rejected. Each of the
crosses in this show asks, first, 'what is a cross?' and then answers with a
form that is both surprising and elegant."
Prescott often creates sculpture that retains a visible sense of
the process involved. Salt Lick Cross, for example, was transformed by
cows who received sustenance from the artwork even as they changed it. Also
included in this exhibit is a piece called Taste and See, which is not
a cross. "The reconstitution of the cross is not just about new images for faith
or art," according to Prescott. "It is something that can be tasted. The honey
in this piece, Tupelo Honey, is the one kind of honey that never crystallizes.
It always stays fresh."
Theodore Prescott teaches sculpture at Messiah College. He is
former president and founder of Christians in the Visual Arts, editor of
A Broken Beauty, a group of
essays on art and the notion of human beauty. Prescott's works are found in
numerous private and public collections, including the Cincinnati Museum of Art,
Armand Hammer Museum of Art at UCLA, and the Vatican Museum of Contemporary
Religious Art.

Read more about Theodore Prescott's "The Reconstituted Cross."

Artist's Profile on IMAGE

Are the Evangelicals Going to Leave Us Behind?

By: Alexander Carpenter

If anyone still doubts that working for a better environment is more than a Republican/Democratic issue, read this Newsweek article

It's a moral duty.

Is it possible that Adventist churches in America could - instead of
hosting another tired round of evangelistic meetings this fall - do
some creation care advocacy in their local communities?

Did you know that the Adventist church actually has two voted statements on the environment?

A Statement on the Environment (1995)

Statement on Stewardship of the Environment (1996) Those radicals, like Bob Folkenberg, approved this:
"There
are dire predictions of global warming, rising sea levels, increasing
frequency of storms and destructive floods, and devastating
desertification and droughts.

These problems are largely due to human selfishness and greed which
result in ever-increasing production, unlimited consumption, and
depletion of nonrenewable resources. Solidarity with future generations
is discussed, but the pressure of immediate interests is given
priority. The ecological crisis is rooted in humankind's greed and
refusal to practice good and faithful stewardship."   
That could kick off a stirring sermon.

We really have nothing to lose on this. The science is in. The
biblical basis has been established for awhile. Advocating for and
practicing the sustainability of God's creation is a great way to help out our coreligionists
(and everyone else) in the developing world and make our
communities and faith healthier as well.  

What is Your Favorite Adventist Journal?

Adventist Pulpit, run by blogger and Vanderbilt M.Div student Sherman Cox II has a little poll going on at his site: What is Your Favorite Adventist Journal?

Click to see who is in the lead and cast your vote.

Creation Care for the Discerning Adventist


By: Alexander Carpenter

After you've seen An Inconvenient Truth here are eighteen good resources for folks of faith to learn about the issue of climate change and what we as Christians can do.

A significant part of the evangelical world is starting to really care about creation.  Read about the Evangelical Environmental Network. 

The Adventist church just spent three years and hundreds of thousands
of dollars to understand the chronology of creation.  How much time and
money was spent thinking about actually caring for that creation?

We are stewards of our billionaire church; where is our elected leadership investing our tithe? Do we have a green, renewable resource policy? Do our leaders really care for creation, or merely care about chronology?

Perhaps the creator might ask us about what we did with everything after the first six days?

Or, of course we could just rehash 1844
for the hundredth time. . .wait, let's face it, we've got a new millennium;
we're post-disappointment Adventists--wherever Jesus ministers
architecturally, this planet could use a little attention from the
remnant.

Didn't Jesus have something to say about those waiting, foolish virgins who burned up all their oil?

Are You An Inconvenient Adventist?

Christianity Today editor David Neff, in his review of the film says An Inconvenient Truth "engages its audience with its moral seriousness and its avuncular and folksy style. . .He [Gore] wants action now-and he's right about that."

Get two free tickets at this web site for "inconvenient Christians". 

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