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Last night’s #ChSocM talked about social media, prayer and #Baltimore community support

Last night’s #ChSocM chat (a weekly moderated event by @ChSocM, which focuses on social media, the church and faith, and founded by Meredith Gould) centered on Baltimore and the social media response to events there. A transcript of the conversation has been posted on Storify, linked through the #ChSocM blog.

The discussion, moderated this week by CEO Paul Steinbrueck, discussed four questions, explained on the blog:

T1: Have you been engaging in social media related to the events in Baltimore? If so, […]

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Some of the good news for 2014 brings us 26 charts and maps that show the world is getting much, much better.

In the list:

Extreme poverty has fallen
Hunger is falling.
Child labor is on the decline.
People in developed countries have more leisure time.
The share of income spent on food has plummeted.
Life expectancy is increasing.

Bad news attracts our attention, good news not so much. Bad news stimulates our outrage, if not our action. How do you manage to balance you response to news both good and

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Excommunication of Truth

The Wall Street Journal and Ms. Hemingway have either been duped or shown a stunning lack of care in reporting. The only thing in this story that has been excommunicated is the truth.

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Recovering the Commons

Where is the voice of the Churches today? Where is a rebuke to those who would hoard wealth out of covetousness and greed and exploit those with less or nothing for more gain? These who cry socialism for funding a school or supporting the aged without means, but who receive all sorts of government handouts in the form of tax breaks, loopholes, and incentives for themselves?

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Mixed feelings and tarnished ideals

How much damage we have done by launching wars, with their inevitable harm and death to non-combatants, rather than using our superior resources to combat a small, clandestine violent criminal conspiracy? What if we had responded to the 9-11 attacks by inspiring our highest American ideals and character rather than our reactive, violent nature?

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