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“Hangin with Bishop James Nelson & Stephen Powell at Lifelines Megafest catalyst dinner.”




“Wow! Check out the crowd of MEN!!! at Megafest – signing up to join the PICO Network Lifelines to Heal movement”





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Christian Atheism

July 24, 2013 — Leave a comment

veneer_302Amazing op-ed by Dr. J. Kameron Carter!!!

“Professor Anthea Butler has caught much flack recently for arguing in a post here on RD that the George Zimmerman verdict exposes that a god-complex, tied to and articulated as white supremacy, remains powerfully at work within U.S. society. She’s right, of course. In putting on the table the question of how religion relates to the verdict, how religion has been operative under the radar, so to speak, inside of the verdict, and how religion is the larger horizon of the shooting and subsequent trial, Dr. Butler has done us all a profound service.

But as a theologian or a Christian intellectual, I want to up the ante on her provocative and important analysis and propose that the only moral, ethical, and religious response worth its salt to the Zimmerman verdict is to be atheist.”

Full article can be read:


“Even though he suffered a defeat, he didn’t sound defeated, and we need that kind of hope from the bully pulpit of the White House.” – Pastor Michael McBride of the PICO National Network

(CNN) – During a more than two-hour meeting at the White House on Monday, Vice President Joe Biden asked leaders from across the faith community to keep up pressure on lawmakers to support compromise background check legislation even as Congress begins to shift its focus to immigration reform, according to several attendees who spoke to CNN.

Biden urged the roughly 20 faith leaders in attendance not to be discouraged by recent legislative failures, and instead assured them that the White House had not given up.

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Standing in a field of more than 3,000 grave makers on the National Mall, Newtown clergy, the Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners, the Rev. Michael McBride of PICO National Network and others will begin a 24-hour vigil in the shadow of Capitol Hill at 11:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday, April 11. The clergy will call on Congress to vote on the gun violence prevention legislation expected soon on the floor of the Senate.

“More than 3,300 people have died as a result of gun violence since the tragedy in Newtown, and it’s past time for our leaders to act,” said the Rev. Michael McBride, director of PICO National Network’s Lifelines to Healing campaign. “We have stepped down from our pulpits and left our houses of worship to remind Congress we’re not going anywhere, until they pass meaningful legislation that bans assault weapons and high capacity magazines, institutes enforceable universal background checks, ends gun trafficking, prosecutes straw purchasers, and invests in proven strategies reduce the gun violence that plagues our cities every day.”

The vigil, sponsored by the PICO National Network’s Lifelines to Healing campaign and Sojourners, comes ahead of expected Senate votes on the assault weapons ban, universal background checks, prosecution of straw purchasers and school safety legislation. Volunteers will begin setting up the vigil at 6:00 a.m. EDT on April 11. The staging and the vigil are both open to media and coverage is welcome. Video, photo and interview opportunities will be available.

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Pastor Mike McBride was named one of the “Top 13 Progressive Faith Leaders To Watch in 2013” by The Center for American Progress.

Here’s an excerpt:

2012 was a pivotal year for the progressive faith movement. While political and theological conservatives suffered a series of strategic defeats at both the state and federal level, religious progressives across the country organized to meet the challenges of poverty, climate change, and voter disenfranchisement, among other issues.

In the midst of this political shift, innovative progressive faith leaders and activists from a variety of religious backgrounds rose to prominence in 2012. As we look at this year—where debates over gun-violence prevention, immigration, marriage equality, and climate change are heating up—the Center for American Progress’s Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative has compiled a list of the 13 progressive faith leaders who we expect will take the lead on these and other issues in 2013.

Pastor Michael McBride—lead organizer for PICO National Network (People Improving Communities through Organizing) Lifelines to Healing Campaign—is a leading voice among faith-based efforts to address the causes of urban violence and crime and the mass incarceration of people of color across the United States. An eloquent orator, McBride offered impassioned pastoral reflections on the impact of gun violence and the dangers facing urban communities during an impromptu gathering in front of the White House immediately following the Newtown tragedy. Earlier this year, McBride joined religious leaders at Vice President Joe Biden’s Gun Violence Prevention Task Force to discuss the faith community’s role in curbing violence. McBride, who is also a pastor of a church in Oakland, California, has witnessed the impact of gun violence on children, families, and communities, and believes faith leaders have an important role to play in the national debate surrounding gun-violence prevention.

See the full article here.

Top Faith Leaders To Watch in 2013