Morning Briefing

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Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town, who is also President of the Southern African Bishops’ Conference, speaks about a number of topical issues including South Africa’s political situation, the Church’s image, and its approach to divorced and gay people.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Olso yestereday. It's message: Nuclear war is 'a tantrum away'

For Christians, it is worth considering that Jesus was born into a dangerous world, just like ours. Shortly after Jesus' birth, King Herod set out to find the baby and kill him. "We are called to lay our weapons down," says Melissa Musick Nussbaum.

Michael Sean Winters recommends: Keep following the money in the Russia investigations

Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence is wondering what you will preach on the weekend of Dec. 15-17. Coalition's annual Sabbath against gun violence rallies faith communities

Benedictines run a three year program for training spiritual directors: Souljourners program prepares spiritual directors to guide others during journeys

Election Day in Alabama tomorrow:

At First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham, Alabama, the Rev. Catherine Goodrich offered a prayer for the congregation with the election in mind: "The eyes of the nation are focused on Alabama, waiting to see if we believe that all people are created in the image of God, if we believe in the separation of church and state, if we stand on the side of love, and if we believe that the poor and the vulnerable should be protected." (See more.)

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What is the old saw: There are only two things for certain: death and that Morning Briefing has to have round up of stories on tax reform:

DailyBreadBanner.jpgStart your day inspired with daily scripture reflections. Join NCR's sister publication, Celebration, for Daily Bread, a series of short reflections written by four authors who meet regularly to share the readings.

Or reflect on Pencil Preaching.jpgPencil Preaching by Pat Marrin. Every morning Pat Marrin breaks open the Word with a pencil sketch and a short meditation.

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