The Common Good

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Arriving in Gaza

As of Thursday, the Red Cross reported 900 Palestinians from Gaza killed, half of them civilians, over 3,400 severely wounded, and 28,000 displaced from their homes. The special medical supplies which I brought here from the U.S., augmented by blankets and powdered milk and other food bought locally in Cairo, all seemed a drop in the bucket compared to the dimension of need.
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Video: My Son Met Barack Obama at Ben's Chili Bowl

Last Saturday our family and a couple of friends decided to drop into Ben's Chili Bowl for a quick bite to eat before heading down to the Smithsonian mus
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Your Ballots at Work: 'Waterboarding is Torture'

This kind of feels close to an exercise in I-told-you-so, but for all the folks who assert that voting is a hopelessly corrupted exercise in irredeemable empire, consider as an indicator the testim
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Natural Disaster or Natural Opportunity?

This week, for the second time in a few years, I found myself walking the streets of a city talking to pastors and people about how Mission Year could help them recover from a devastating storm.
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Israeli-Occupied Territory on Capitol Hill

A year ago I heard a Palestinian diplomat describe Capitol Hill as "Israeli-occupied territory" in a speech given at Georgetown University.
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Suffer the Little Children

When Jesus said, "Suffer th
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Audio: Taking 'Change We Can Believe In' to the Next Level

It was hard to narrow this sermon down to a short clip -- it makes so many good points!
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Racial Reconciliation: A Necessary Conversion

In 2001, my husband Bill was jolted out of racial complacency.
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Come to the MLK Day Open House at Sojourners

Right now at Sojourners we are feeling the energy of all the activities planned around the inauguration-the concerts, worship services, MLK day of service, and of course,
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This Feels Like Family: The Obama Inauguration and Beyond

As my mother and I prepare to "Thelma and Louise-it" to travel to Washington for the Obama inauguration, my excitement is tempered with anxiety.
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