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Defining "Evangelicals" in an Election Year: What is an evangelical?
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 10:57pm | Type: Blog

Here we go again. Presidential elections are coming and the role of "the evangelicals" is predictably becoming a hot political story. Here we go again. Presidential elec ...

Not All Racial Comments Are Created Equal
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Please God, save us from hyper-partisanship and hyper-media in perpetual election mode selling us a hyperbolic public discourse. Please God, save us from hyper-partisanship and hy ...

Sotomayor: She Deserves Respect
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of the United States by President Barack Obama has electrified the Latino community in America. The nomination of Sonia Soto ...

Secretary of State Clinton Promises Action Against Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, graced the front pages of many newspapers across the country last Friday. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, graced the front pages of many ...

Time Magazine's Top Ten Religion Stories: Right on New Evangelicals, Wrong on the Economy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

<em>Time</em> magazine just released its <a href="http://www.time.com/time/specials/2008/top10">"Top Ten of Everything in 2008."</a> <a href="http://www.time ...

Back to Square One in Zimbabwe and the 'Obama Effect' in South Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Sunday, Nov. Sunday, Nov. 9, regional leaders (SADC) held an emergency meeting aimed at resolving the political crisis in Zimbabwe 'once and for all.' The meeting could ...

The World Responds to Obama's Victory
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

Leaving O'Hare airport on the afternoon of election day, I was somewhere near Greenland on a flight to Europe when the captain announced the results. Leaving O'Hare airp ...

Obama's Victory and Middle East Democracy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

A curious thing has happened as Americans were choosing their first black president. Democracy suddenly ceased to be a bad word for many genuine democrats in the Middle East.</p> ...

Campaign Community Organizers as the Foundation for Future Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

As a volunteer in the Obama campaign, I was constantly amazed at my fellow volunteers of all ages, races, and economic groups. As a volunteer in the Obama campaign, I was constant ...

Even More Will Be Expected
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Dear President-elect Obama,</p> Dear President-elect Obama, You have been given a wonderful opportunity to help and heal America and the world. Thank you for using your ...

'Impossible' Barriers Breached
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Last September, Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University became a source of inspiration for many Americans. Last September, Randy Pausch, a compute ...

Challenge the World with Mosaic Leadership
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Dear President-elect Obama:</p> Dear President-elect Obama: Congratulations to you, Michelle, Malia, and Sasha. Your victory is indeed theirs as they have chosen to shar ...

Prayer Beyond the Election
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

I believe in prayer. I believe in the power of prayer. I believe in prayer. I believe in the power of prayer. I believe that there is an immanent/transcendent/Divine Love/Truth ...

The Confession of a Young White Evangelical
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Sorry <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/26/magazine/26mccain-t.html?scp=17&amp;sq=many%20faces%20of%20john%20mccain&amp;st=cse">Mr. Sorry Mr. Schmi ...

Great Crises Call for Bold Leadership
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Dear President-elect Obama,</p> Dear President-elect Obama, Although it has been said that every great president needs a crisis during which to exhibit his greatness, it ...

Changing Places: How the Obama Election Transformed Historic Locations
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Having talked to many friends since the election, I am conscious of how lots of us are still trying to let what happened sink in. Having talked to many friends since the election, ...

Time to Open up a Two-Way Street
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Dear President-elect Obama,</p> Dear President-elect Obama, I am sending you some wonderful memos, letters, and reflections on what your election means , and what peo ...

Obama's Harmony of Intellect and Intuition
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Mr. President, Barack,</p> <p>Every room I have ever been in with you was a much easier room for your presence.</p> Mr. President, Barack, Every room I have ...

Tend to Your Soul
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 4:32pm | Type: Blog

Dear President-elect Obama,</p> <p>You are a leader not just because of what you have done, but because of who you are. Tend to your soul.</p> Dear President-ele ...

Obama and Mandela
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

It has been reported that President-elect Barack Obama's coming into leading the U.S. is in many ways similar -- and equal in magnitude -- to Nelson Mandela becoming president of South Africa. ...

A Prayer for a New President and a New America
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

God of Abraham, Miriam, Hannah, Rizpah, and David...<br /> God of Elijah, Amos, Ruth, Isaiah, Deborah...<br /> God of Mary, John the Baptizer, Peter, Paul, Philemon and Onesimus... ...

Frank Schaeffer on Who Lost this Election and Why
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Not everyone in the country is happy with the election results, but Frank Schaeffer argues that only two groups lost, the New Atheists and the Religious Right.</p> Not every ...

Building the Capacity for Neighbors to Help Neighbors
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

This election galvanized millions of people who yearned to take back our country. People want to contribute their talents, strengthen communities, take pride in what we give and accomplish. ...

Vision of a New Day
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

The first thing I read this morning was a reflection on the meaning of this week's events for the church. The first thing I read this morning was a reflection on the meaning ...

A New Faith Coalition
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Most elections are just power rearrangements; this one was a transformational moment in our history. Most elections are just power rearrangements; this one was a transformational ...

Abortion Reduction Key to Common Ground
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Dear President-elect Obama,</p> Dear President-elect Obama, First, congratulations on your election as our 44 th president. I hope you know that there are tens of mil ...

National Service, Global Concern
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

President Obama,</p> President Obama, Your campaign fired up supporters around the country and galvanized them to ring doorbells and make phone calls. Now you need to in ...

Be a Friend to Yourself and the World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Dear President-elect Obama,</p> Dear President-elect Obama, As you prepare to begin your historic presidency, I offer you these simple words from another senator of Illi ...

Intellectual Rigor and Vigor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Dear President-elect Obama:</p> Dear President-elect Obama: Probably the hardest single thing for any modern president to maintain amidst the daily storms, both real and ...

Leaders Are Only as Strong as the Citizens Who Raise Their Voices
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

On the day he died, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called his mother to give her his next Sunday's sermon title. On the day he died, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called his mother ...

May Obama Be Protected on All Sides
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

From a wonderfully cool and clouded Wednesday in our sunny South Africa, I greet all my friends in the U.S.A. -- and those elsewhere who may be interested. You have a new President-elect!</p> ...

We Will Be Measured by Our Treatment of the Least and the Last
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

President Obama, on behalf of the Vineyard Church of Columbus, I offer our sincerest congratulations and encouragement as you assume the awesome task of providing leadership for our country and our ...

President Obama: Honor Your Call to the Common Good
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

While my friend, Christine, sent me iPhone photos of the thousands of ecstatic Chicagoans she partied with last night in Grant Park, I pondered what I would write to you this morning. ...

All Americans at the Table
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

President Obama, in taking the nation into its next chapter, I am counting on you to remember those who have been left behind and forgotten by too many of your predecessors.</p> ...

From Riot to Revelry at the Intersection of Change
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I woke up this morning, my throat dry from singing and yelling in the streets last night. I woke up with an unbridled joy, and though I'd only fallen asleep five hours earlier, I was more awake t ...

Connected to a National Community
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

The 2008 election is obviously historic. The 2008 election is obviously historic. But it will always be significant for me not just as a turning point in history, but as the firs ...

Midnight at the Lincoln Memorial
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The only word that comes to mind is "magical." After watching the early election returns with friends and observing a hushed moment of unbelieving silence at 10 p.m. when ABC called the elec ...

A Great Bedtime Story
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

America took a quantum leap forward by electing Barack Obama the first ethnic minority president. America took a quantum leap forward by electing Barack Obama the first ethnic min ...

An Opportunity to Translate Religious Diversity into Global Stability
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Religious conflict is the great global challenge of the 21<sup>st</sup> century. America is the most religiously diverse country in the world and the most religiously devout nation in the West. ...

A Time for New Transparency
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

We welcome you, President Obama, as the leader of our nation. We welcome you, President Obama, as the leader of our nation. What we need most from you is regular, open communicat ...

My Three Hopes for Obama
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Dear Mr. President,</p> <p>You have my active and prayerful support. In addition, I am hoping you will:</p> Dear Mr. President, You have my active and praye ...

Post-racial? No, Not Yet -- So Let's Get to Work
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

I shed tears last night as I stood with thousands in Chicago's Grant Park cheering our new President-elect Obama, contrasting that with crowds' hatred and bigotry I experiences more than 40 years a ...

An Open Door For Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Yesterday's election represents a watershed moment in the life and history of our country. Yesterday's election represents a watershed moment in the life and history of ...

A Brief Observation on Your First Morning as President-Elect
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Whether installed by election, by hereditary right, or by power of arms, of all the rulers humankind has ever had, none is so venerated or cited or-and this is important-none so forgiven by history ...

As the World Watches
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Good morning! After an extensive media coverage of the U.S. elections, it was great to wake up to history! Good morning! After an extensive media coverage of the U.S. elections, i ...

'A Black Man Would Never Be President'
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

When I was a kid I remember hearing and declaring that I could be anything I wanted to be, which included being the president of the United States. When I was a kid I remember hea ...

Thrilled at Last to Be Thrilled to Vote
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

At 6:30 a.m., my 7-year-old daughter wakes me. "Mommy! Is it time to vote?"</p> At 6:30 a.m., my 7-year-old daughter wakes me. "Mommy! Is it time to vote? ...

Video and Petition: A Prayer and Pledge for President-elect Obama
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://go.sojo.net/campaign/prayerandpledge?source=act_0811_pledge_bc"></a>Dear Mr. President-elect Obama:</p> <p>I want personally to offer you my prayers a ...

Religion in the Race for the White House
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

As part of my coverage of the <a href="http://www.aarweb.com">American Academy of Religion</a>'s annual meeting, I attended a day-long workshop titled "Religion in the Race for ...

My Prayer for Election Day
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

On the eve of this historic election, let us pause for a moment of thanks. On the eve of this historic election, let us pause for a moment of thanks. We should thank God for the m ...