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A Look at 2017

Christa and I are excited to begin 2017 with the Boston Faith & Justice Network.  We have been working as Co-Directors for more than two years now and feel like this will be the best year yet—which is saying something because last year was tremendous.   We had two great events—Jonathan Wilson-Hargrove came to speak in continue reading »

Advent by Miriam

With the approach of Christmas, I have been thinking about generosity. Christmas is the season of giving, and Jesus is the great giver. All I can think about is how generously He came. With the word justice, there is automatically an association and assumption of action. The angels told the shepherds there was good news. continue reading »

Guest Post – Miriam Riad

I don’t remember when I first learned about human trafficking. I think I was in high school. I didn’t even know what fair trade was until college. Modern day slavery was not in my vocabulary. And I remember, upon first learning about all these injustices that exist in my lifetime, in my own backyard, I continue reading »

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Celebrating Two Years with BFJN!

About 2 years ago I was waiting to meet one of my best friends for lunch.  I still remember how she breezed up to the table and declared herself in possession of a “crazy idea”.  Turns out the idea involved us applying together for a job, which was in fact posted for only one person, continue reading »

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Technology that Inspires Generosity

Intentionality in creating a giving strategy is a significant way to make your generosity more transformative—for the people and organizations you give to and for yourself as a spiritual practice. For many, taking the time to write out a check and send it (rather than automate everything in order to remember to give) is a continue reading »

Living Gratefully

Living Gratefully “You should be more grateful!” “Don’t you understand how much you have to be thankful for!” “Stop asking for things and show some gratitude for what we already have!” These are things I find myself saying to my kids, the last usually as we walk through Target and I try to get away continue reading »

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Transformative Giving, Part 3: Is Your Generosity Connected?

The practice of open-hearted, unafraid generosity is not simple. It’s fairly easy to accept the idea that we should be generous with our resources (which, in any calculation, belong to God), and it might even come easily to decide to be generous. But the practice, the choosing how and where to give, is where we—certainly continue reading »

Finding Justice in Proverbs

I am in the middle of preparing a sermon on Proverbs.  To prepare I took 31 to read through the book. I was supposed to speak on speaking.  Easy enough.  Proverbs has a lot to say about what we say. It is good sound wisdom too.  That is how I think of Proverbs – full continue reading »