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Karen

Member Since 29 Oct 2010
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Topics I've Started

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04 June 2012 - 01:36 AM

Helloooooooo all.

I know, I know.

It's been a while. So sue me :P I am very sorry that I let the forum die down like this. I really want this to be a place where everyone can come to find comfort or answers to questions about their faith and other faith, and also to learn about new spiritual things.

So, I've decided to turn to YOU guys! This forum is a tool and resource for all of you!! So -

1. What do you want to see on here?

2. What can I do to improve the forum?

3. (most important question) What have you learned from this forum?


And completely unrelated, I think it's important to reflect on our spiritual journeys. It's been over a year since I started this forum, I believe, so I want to know how you all have grown.

If you don't have a religion, what is something you have learned from this forum, or would like to learn in the future?

I'll start. Hmm well. How to begin?? I got a boyfriend a couple months ago (go me! woo!) who matches my theology pretty well. He's a little bit more radical than me, if you can believe it! I have had a tough time managing a relationship and time with God, which isn't an issue I had when I was single.

I'm also running a Bible study in my dorm next year, and I want to spiritually prepare for that and learn what God wants me to do with it. Prayers would be great!

I have also been exploring my theology a little bit and realizing that it's OKAY that I don't always fit in with a church's theology, it's okay to have my own thoughts about God, and most importantly, that I don't always need a church to grow spiritually. It's been an adventure and a struggle to learn how to grow outside of a church or community.

Ok, your turn!!!

Social Justice in Christianity (and everything else)

15 March 2012 - 06:59 PM

So first off, I would like to say I am SOOOOO SORRY I haven't been around much. I know this section has been kind of dead lately, and I really do apologize for that. I want to start spicing it up a little but more! I've been very busy with school and over my spring break I was doing observation hours so I didn't really have time to post. But yeah! Here it is, a new topic for y'all.

Also, a warning: This is a really long post, but please take the time to read!

So firstly I would like to say that even though I put the title as "social justice in Christianity" this is a topic for everyone, but I've been thinking about it as a Christian so that's why I decided to specify in the topic.

Now I'd like to explain what social justice is. Social justice is the act of fixing social problems in the world through activism and education. What is a social justice issue? There are many! Some of the more common ones include modern day slavery/sex trafficking, poverty/homelessness, and fair trade clothing and food. Please look them up if you don't know what they are! They are all VERY important (I'll put some pictures later).

So I've been thinking about these issues in relation to Christianity. As a Christian and lover of all, what is my role in these issues? Do I have an obligation to help fix them if they don't affect me? And even though I've been thinking about these questions for myself, I think everyone should think about them!

The answers I've come to are: Yes, I do have an obligation to fix them, or to at least educate myself about them, and get involved where I can! As a Christian, the Bible says to love everyone and even though it can be difficult to love some people, I certainly am trying! But love isn't exclusive to the people who have it all. It's inclusive to everyone, the poorest of the poor, and people who have been looked over by society. Who will do it, if people don't step up with a passion for it?

So what do you all think? What is your role in this world? Do you say, "yeah, bad stuff happens, but it doesn't happen to me so it's all good.", or "Yeah, the world is a messed up place. I donate money sometimes...." or do you say "Yes the world is a bad place but there are also good people, and I want to help!"

Why do we have an obligation to help? We've become so desesitized today by everything we see on tv, and poverty or murders just seem commonplace. But there are people truly suffering in this world! How can we help them? And why do so many people just look them over?

I find it helpful to give examples. There really are some huge issues in the world, and I start to feel helpless when I think about all of them. Instead, I have learned about a couple that I have found to be really important to me. The first one is modern day slavery and sex trafficking, and the second is Native American rights in the United States. Modern day slavery happens way more often than we'd like to admit. Women and children are sold into slavery and this could be anything from the sex trade to indentured servitude in a house.

Here are a couple resources:
-The first one is a great organization called Not For Sale, and one of the key elements of their site is a slavery map and you can type in your location and see where there have been slavery cases and what happened.
http://www.notforsalecampaign.org/ - their website
Slavery Map - http://www.slaverymap.org/

The second one is a great foundation in the Boston Area, where I'm from, and it's called Amirah, Inc. Amirah is a foundation that helps women in the Boston area who have been affected by trafficking: http://www.amirahboston.org/

And here is a song called "Constance" that talks about sex trafficking: http://www.youtube.c...h?v=qqyLRpGgxRs

Now finally, some pictures:

Poverty on the Pine Rige Reservation
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Human Trafficking:
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Religious Books

13 January 2012 - 01:03 AM

Okay, on Joanne P's thread about her faith there was some debate about the Old Testament, New Testament and the Torah, and her topic got really diverted so I decided to create a topic about our respective Holy Books.

Arie and Dina, I would love for you two to continue your debate here, what I read was really interesting!

My Holy Book is the Bible, and it's split into two sections, the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament focuses mainly on the forerunners of Jesus - Abraham, the father of our faith, Noah, Solomon, David, etc. The New Testament is about the coming of Jesus, his birth, his life, and his ministries.

Please, I'd love for everyone to contribute to this discussion. Just keep it nice please - you can respectfully disagree with something someone says but DO NOT disrespect someone's Holy Book.