Martin Luther King: Loving Our Enemies As Mission

On 17th November 1957, Martin Luther King preached a sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. An audio extract has been preserved. Listen to how MLK links the Cross to love for enemies and hence to transformation in the world.

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Credit Unions

It’s hard not to be aware of the great damage caused in our western societies by debt. Our economies thrive or fail based on how much people buy non-essential goods. Consumerism is the great idol.

Meanwhile, more and more people slide into debt. It becomes unmanageable, and predators swim around them, smelling blood. Archbishop Justin Welby has recognised this grave social evil, and declared war on the loan sharks. Here is a video filmed by the religious journalist Ruth Gledhill, showing churches in deprived east London districts setting up credit unions to benefit the community.

Is this something your church might do, either on its own, or in partnership with others?

More on the story here.

Serving Vulnerable Teenagers

Stop Gang Violence

Stop Gang Violence by Aston Reynolds on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

Here is the heartening and brave story of an inner city London church that has provided a refuge for teenagers at risk of gang violence.

They are hoping to convert their crypt into a ‘community enterprise centre’, complete with recording studio.

(Via The Church Mouse.)