Promoting a passion for justice within our church and churches.

Providing prophetic Disciples leadership to ecumenical and interfaith coalitions.

Working with other people of faith and conscience to build the Beloved Community envisioned by Dr. King.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

DJAN Devotional: In the Prophetic Spirit of John


DISCIPLES JUSTICE ACTION
DJAN Devotional
Sunday, July 15, 2018
by Ken Brooker Langston

From last Sunday:  “They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.” (Mark 6:13).

From this Sunday:  “When Herod heard of it, he said, ‘John, whom I beheaded, has been raised’.” (Mark 6:16).


According to the Gospel of Mark, Jesus comes as, among other things, an exorcist, a healer, and a prophet.  It is this third aspect of the ministry of Jesus—the prophetic—that  most troubles the political leader in this story.  Just as when he last faced a powerful prophet, this ruler backed by the political power of an Empire finds himself "perplexed" (Mark 6:20b).

In putting to death John, a “just and holy man” (Mark 6:20a), Herod thought he had put an end to the prophetic criticism of his unjust and unholy exercise of political power.  But, as Herod rightly recognizes, the prophetic spirit that animated John the Baptist now lives on in the person, ministry, and disciples of Jesus of Nazareth.  For like John, Jesus challenges unjust and corrupt political power.  Working both on his own and through his disciples, he comes with the power to counter the demonic distortion of authority represented by political rulers like Herod.  And, even beyond that, both Jesus and his disciples come with the power to bring health, healing, wholeness, and liberation to those who have been disfigured, abused, and oppressed by these distortions of political authority.

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Sunday, July 08, 2018

DJAN NEWS and VIEWS: UCC LEADER’S PROPHETIC PUBLIC WITNESS Family Separation: “We’ve Been Here Before"

Rev. Traci Blackmon of the United Church of Christ
at a "Families Belong Together" Rally
At a recent rally protesting this administration's inhumane family separation policy, Rev. Traci Blackmon from the United Church of Christ "called out” America for its shameful history of breaking up families. DJAN thanks Rev. Blackmon for her prophetic public witness! Hear her full statement:
https://www.facebook.com/senatorsanders/videos/10157129323197908

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

FORWARD TOGETHER! DJAN and the Poor People's Campaign




FORWARD TOGETHER!  Disciples Justice Action Network (www.disciplesjustice.net) is blessed to be an official partner of Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival (www.poorpeoplescampaign.org), and proud to support the crucial work of so many faith-based activists, including Disciples minister and PPC leader The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II
Above is a photo of Dr. Barber at the recent rally/march in Washington, DC. (courtesy of Jessie Palatucci).

Press Coverage of the rally/march in DC:
The Washington PostDemocracy Now, and Real News Network.


DJAN (Disciples Justice Action Network) is a network of individuals, congregations, and organizations within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), all working together to promote greater justice, peace, inclusion, diversity, and care for creation in our churches, our denomination, and two nations (Canada and the United States) and the world.  Join us as together we promote a greater passion for justice in our churches, provide a prophetic Disciples voice on controversial issues, and participate actively with other people of faith and conscience to build the Beloved Community envisioned by The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Please renew your membership or make a special contribution today:  
DJAN, PO Box 35887, Tulsa, OK  74153
@DisciplesJAN



DISCIPLES JUSTICE ACTION
Disciples Leaders Speak Out About Family Detention

On Monday, June 25th, four members of the DJAN Leadership Team joined with Sister Simone Campbell ("Nuns on the Bus") and others to speak out against racist and authoritarian immigration policies, especially family detention.  The four DJAN leaders were (from left to right in the photo) Peter Heltzel (Park Avenue Christian Church in New York), Rosetta Robinson (Congregational Life, Christian Church Capital Area), Luis-Alfredo Cartegena-Zayas (Park Avenue Christian Church in New York), and Sharon Stanley-Rea (Disciples Refugee and Immigration Ministries).

The press conference, held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, was called in order to release publicly a statement from over 300 scholars of religion that condemned the Trump-Sessions policies as "morally, ethically, and spiritually reprehensible." 

Scholars signing the statement pledged to resist dehumanizing and racist policies with all their might, pledging “full participation in actions that resist these unjust policies” and saying they are “prepared to use theological, political and legal resources to ensure the safety and wellbeing of these children and their families.”

Watch the press conference:


TAKE ACTION: This Saturday, June 30th, people of faith and persons of conscience all across the United States will be gathering to protest these reprehensible immigration policies. Click here to find an event near you: https://www.familiesbelongtogether.org.

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DJAN (Disciples Justice Action Network) is a network of individuals, congregations, and organizations within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), all working together to promote greater justice, peace, inclusion, diversity, and care for creation in our churches, our denomination, and two nations (Canada and the United States) and the world.  Join us as together we promote a greater passion for justice in our churches, provide a prophetic Disciples voice on controversial issues, and participate actively with other people of faith and conscience to build the Beloved Community envisioned by The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Please renew your membership or make a special contribution today:  
DJAN, PO Box 35887, Tulsa, OK  74153
@DisciplesJAN




Wednesday, May 09, 2018

DJAN condemns Trump's NRA speech as "Absolutely Appalling"




On Saturday, DJAN (Disciples Justice Action Network) denounced as “absolutely appalling” the speech given by President Trump to the National Rifle Association (NRA).  In that speech, Trump said, referring to any laws that in any way restrict the kinds of guns that can be bought and sold:  “We have laws that were written by people that truly could not love this country."  Beyond that, he accused critics of his positions on gun violence and immigration of wanting to "disarm law-abiding Americans at the same time they’re releasing dangerous criminal aliens and savage gang members onto our streets."

President Trump had earlier suggested that he might be willing to consider some gun restrictions and even taunted Republican lawmakers as being “scared of the NRA.”  But in his own speech to this organization, he praised NRA enthusiasts as “patriots” and “defenders of the Constitution” who were “under siege,” and said that they deserved more “adulation” for their resistance to any kind of restriction on any kind of gun ownership.  In open defiance to the growing national concern about gun violence, Trump declared, “I’m doing the right thing.  I’m doing it for you, but we’re doing the right thing.  We’re doing the right thing together,” and “we’ll never, never surrender."

Responding to Trump’s speech, DJAN President Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr., said, “In light of the recent shooting at Parkland, in light of the recent anniversary of the shooting at Columbine, and in light of the fact that 106 people die daily due to gun violence, it is absolutely appalling that a President of the United States would so quickly, so brazenly, and so zealously genuflect at the altar of the gun lobby.”

In contrast to both President Trump and the NRA, DJAN supports some basic gun restrictions as essential to ending gun violence.  These include ending the sales of military-grade weapons, including the AR-15 automatic rifle; banning high-capacity ammunition magazines; requiring background checks on anyone seeking to purchase a gun; and closing gun shows and online gun sales practices that do not include customer background checks.

As explained by Sullivan, “In opposition to the NRA, DJAN strongly and urgently supports common-sense, morals-driven laws that have the potential to disrupt and dismantle the means by which people may commit more mass shootings in the future.”  


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

PASSION for JUSTICE



First . . . Happy St. Valentine’s Day!

Second . . . Don’t forget that today is also Ash Wednesday.

Third . . . Thank you for sharing with us your passion for justice.

Campus organizing . . . scholarships for seminarians and young adults to attend justice events . . . workshops for congregations . . . workshops at regional and general assemblies . . . updates and alerts . . . newsletters . . . conferences . . . marches . . . rallies . . . vigils . . . denominational, ecumenical, and interfaith coalitions for justice, peace, diversity, inclusion, and care for God's creation.

Today:  
Show some love for our activists and volunteers.
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