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Introducing Onleilove Alston New Ecumenical Women Blogger

Greetings! Onleilove (pronounced onlylove) is a daughter, sister, friend and fourth year in the MDiv/MSW program at Union Theological seminary and Columbia University School of Social Work in New York City. As a Poverty Scholar I work on a variety of projects geared toward reigniting Dr. King’s Poor People’s Campaign, such as creating a Bible Studies/Devotional series on The Last Week of Jesus/Last Year of King.

Make the New Year’s Resolution to Resurrect Beijing!

In America many people make New Year’s Resolutions to set goals as they go into the New Year. Most resolutions involve breaking a harmful habit or beginning a positive one. This New Year’s I want to challenge all of us to make the resolution to resurrect Beijing

A Diversity of Diversities in Interfaith Dialogue

by Leigh Rogers posted with permission by Onleilove Alston In the New York Times, Stanley Fish writes on the complexity of political correctness in academia. He notes that the liberal slant on many college faculties can be extreme. In discussing a new book on the subject, Fish cites Cary Nelson’s, uber-PC example: “His own example […]

Faith, Patience and Endurance: Brooklynite Erica McMahon’s Adventures in Kazakhstan

“”As a Christian African American women born in Brooklyn, NY moving to Kazakhstan will not doubt bring culture shock.”

Continuing the Tradition of Subversive Entries: The Poor People’s Campaign Mule Train

Jesus does not enter Jerusalem in the same way as the religious and political leaders of his day; instead he enters on a donkey. To spite this extremely humble entry the people crown him their King and praise God for him. Though Jesus was not declared King by the Roman Empire peasants bestowed this title on him, and every Palm Sunday thousands of years later in churches across the world we echo their words.

Debunking the Beauty Myth and Standing Against the Sentinels

“I am black but lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, Like the tents of Kedar, Like the curtains of Solomon. “Do not stare at me because I am swarthy, For the sun has burned me.My mother’s sons were angry with me; they made me caretaker of the vineyards, But I have not taken care of my own vineyard.”

International Fellowship through Christian Festivals

posted by Onleilove Alston with permission from Becky Garrison. This article was first featured on While many Christians connect online through blogs, social networking sites and even virtual church, sometimes we need to connect in real time. Andrew Jones, international blogger and missiologist reflects, “Festivals represent an opportunity to not forsake the assembling of […]

God’s Love in Pnomh Penh, Cambodia

Posted by Onleilove Alston and authored by Yuan Tang God doesn’t need an army of men to change the world.  Rather He needs servants with humble hearts who are willing to do His work.  As Christians, we need hearts of persistence, faith, and love that endures through the discouragements and hopelessness that can come with […]

Fashionable Justice: Profile of New Abolitionist NGO Nomi Network

posted by Onleilove Alston with permission from Alissa A. Moore I love to shop. I share this passion for expressing myself through layers of fabric, textures, and color with many of my fellow New Yorkers. So once again I am perplexed by the wave of negative emotions that wash over me when entering the Gap, […]


Beijing Platform for Action A landmark human rights declaration calling for an improvement in the status of women and girls. Guide to Building Women of Faith Networks (2009): The Religions for Peace Global Women of Faith Network developed this guide to Building Women of Faith Networks, which affirms that women of faith draw deeply upon their reserves of […]

Stand for Freedom in Iran: ‘Enough is Enough!’

Posted by Onleilove Alston (with permission) and authored by Lisa Sharon Harper on God’s Politics (first posted 09-25-2009)   The following is a message delivered at the “Stand for Freedom in Iran” rally that took place September 24th, 2009 at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, across from the United Nations. Hello! I’ve been deeply moved by this […]

The Last Week of Jesus and the Last Year of Rev. Martin Luther King: Women in the Movement

by Onleilove Alston This Bible Study Resource is one part of a series of Bible Studies that examine The Last Week of Christ Life and The Last Year of Rev. King’s Life, created by The Poverty Initiative, an organization “dedicated to Building a Movement to End Poverty Led by the Poor”. This is an interactive, […]

Being the Oaks of Righteousness: Domestic Workers United (DWU)

“We have a dream that one day, all work will be valued equally”.-Mission of Domestic Workers United

Beijing 15 Years Later: Women & Relative Poverty

“I believe a movement to end poverty has to create a structure that equalizes us and does not place one of us over the other”. –Charlene Sinclair

Liturgies and Devotionals

Scripture and the Millennium Development Goals – This guide sheet was created by the Victoria Edmonds of the Salvation Army to guide our October 2013 monthly meeting. It suggests a number of different passages from Scriptures there pertain to each of the eight Millennium Development Goals. International Day of the Girl Liturgy – This morning […]