Category Archives: Justice

Justice: Bestowing Bounty, revisited

Rumi calls justice “bestowing bounty in its proper place.”  I find that a powerful phrase to hold in mind and heart as I consider any sort of justice work that I give myself to.  In some real sense, those who … Continue reading

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Justice: Conditions

As I ponder justice, I keep encountering all of the conditions that seem to be in place whenever human beings speak of justice, injustice and social justice. There are the conditions that the suffering person is in. When we can … Continue reading

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Justice: Bestowing Bounty

What is justice? Giving water to trees. What is injustice? To give water to thorns. Justice consists in bestowing bounty in its proper place, not on every root that will absorb water. – Rumi Poetry invites, incites, and implicates.  At … Continue reading

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Justice: Our Interactions

Justice.  The roots of this word are ancient.  They appear all over the Latin language, but Latin was a late arrival.  The Sanskrit word “yu” is the root, which means to join. To join. Justice is a joining. The Latin … Continue reading

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Justice: Shared Compassion

We wake today in the United States to another mass shooting on another school campus. We will wring our hands.  We will, some of us, call for laws to control guns. We will, some of us, chant the refrain that … Continue reading

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Justice: One More Step

As we come to the end of our month focusing on the many issues surrounding justice and social justice in particular, we are certainly not coming to the end of our social justice involvement. Perhaps our worship, study, storytelling and … Continue reading

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Justice: Morning Has Come

Morning has come, arise and greet the day! Dance with joy and sing a song of gladness! The light of hope here shines upon each face. May it bring faith to guide our journey home. As we lifted our voices … Continue reading

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Justice–Becoming Aware

Somewhere this very moment, babies are born, fathers are dying, mothers are grieving. Yet, pervading all is a groundless awareness, delicate and strong at the same time. Everything becomes we, a beating heart with a transparent, radiant smile. And we … Continue reading

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Justice: The Examined Life

 Live the examined life, subjecting my motives and actions to the scrutiny of mind and heart so to rise above prejudice and hatred. Care. Gene Griessman I was born with the advantages of a white, middle class family.  I was … Continue reading

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Justice: Forgiveness

This past week, people of the Jewish faith honored the season of atonement and forgiveness in their observation of Yom Kippur. Every year people look at their relationships and examine where they need to make repairs, to atone for words … Continue reading

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