The Common Good

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Peace Through (Nonviolent) Strength

Erica Chenoweth directs Wesleyan University's program on terrorism and insurgency research, which she established in 2008. Her work will be featured in the upcoming May issue of Sojourners magazine. Erica is doing innovative research on the strategic effectiveness of civil resistance and nonviolent revolution. Recently, she wrote a post at Monkey Cage on why traditional "peace and security" academic programs should include nonviolence and civil resistance tactics as part of their programs. "It is time for security studies to take nonviolent conflict seriously," writes Chenoweth, "and to incorporate such episodes and their dynamics into the canonical literature."

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In the End, Love Always Wins

I spent this past weekend in an experience that gave me more hope in the church than I have felt in a long time.
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Can an Orange Bracelet Turn Hearts in Washington?

In a credit to both Republicans and Democrats, Congress just passed a measure that will avoid a government shutdown for at least the next two weeks. This means that there is still time to protect the poor and most vulnerable during the budget debate.
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Is Theology The Most Important Thing?

Over the course of this past weekend and my recent post about hell, universalism, exclusivism, and other eliti
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Losing Our Sons and Daughters: The Cost of Afghanistan

In November, 2010, Marine 2nd Lt. Robert M. Kelly was killed by a landmine in Afghanistan. He became one of now nearly 1,500 young Americans to die there.
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Is 'What Would Jesus Cut' Heresy?

Heresy is a strong accusation.
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Study on Budget Cuts Finds Evangelicals' Social Priorities 'Have Faded'

According to a new survey by Pew Research Center for Peop
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Why I'm Fasting From Facebook This Lent

In contemplating next weekend's National Day of Unplugging, I'm reminded of the Facebook Fast I embarked on back in 2008.
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Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Army Psy-Ops. Taliban Infighting. Mobile Banking.

[Editors' note: As part of Sojourners campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our readers about the latest news
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Five Frustrations When You Debate Israel and the Palestinians

I've been fascinated watching an earlier blog hunker down into a strong debate about Israel and the Palestinians (February 22, "
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