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Top 10 Stories of 2012
Originally Posted: 12/26/2012 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

From the nuns to the “nones,” religion dominated the headlines throughout 2012. Faith was a persistent theme in the presidential race, and moral and ethical questions surrounded budget debates, mass killings, ...

Stop Shopping and Save the Earth; Giving Thanks to Those who put Food on our Table; Celebrating People Power
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 3:37pm | Type: Press

November 22, 2012 Sojo in the News Ian Masters ...

New Congress More Religiously Diverse, Less Protestant
Originally Posted: 11/19/2012 - 5:22pm | Type: Blog

Three Buddhists, a Hindu, and a “none” will walk into the 113th Congress, and it’s no joke. Rather, it’s a series of “firsts” that reflect the growing religious diversity of the country. ...

White Christian Voters No Longer Hold Keys to the White House
Originally Posted: 11/16/2012 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

President Obama won last week with a voter coalition that was far more racially and religiously diverse than Mitt Romney’s – a phenomenon both predicted in the days before the election and confirmed in the day ...

The New Evangelical Agenda
Originally Posted: 11/15/2012 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

Evangelical can no longer be accurately used to mean “white evangelical.” The day after the election, Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler said , “I think thi ...

Election 2012 Marks the End of Evangelical Dominance in Politics
Originally Posted: 11/14/2012 - 1:10pm | Type: Blog

The Atlantic reports: Ever since Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980, evangelicals have been a powerful political force. Jerry Falwell and his Moral Majority organization were credited in part with Reagan's election, having r ...

New Congress to Welcome First Buddhist Senator, Hindu Representative
Originally Posted: 11/13/2012 - 1:07pm | Type: Blog

Religious diversity in new Congress. Christian Post reports: When the new members of Congress are sworn in on Jan. 3, the institution that once mirrored the nation& ...

Politicians Ignore the Working Poor at Their Peril
Originally Posted: 11/13/2012 - 1:07pm | Type: Blog

Politicians are ignoring the poor. Eric Sapp writes for The Huffington Post: In recent years, there has been a trend in politics away from any mention of the po ...

7 Ways Religious Diversity Played in the Election
Originally Posted: 11/13/2012 - 1:04pm | Type: Blog

Stephen Prothero writes for the CNN Belief Blog : It’s demography, stupid!” is the new mantra for analyzing the 2012 election, in which African Americans, Asian Americans and Latinos cast their votes in overwhelming numbers for Preside ...

Chastened Catholic Bishops Told They Have to Reform Themselves
Originally Posted: 11/13/2012 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

After sweeping setbacks to the hierarchy’s agenda on Election Day, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Monday told U.S. Catholic bishops that they must now examine their own failings, confess their sins and ref ...

How the Faithful Voted: 2012 Preliminary Analysis
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life put out numbers this week about religious voters in the 2012 elections. The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life put out numbers this we ...

Post-Election: A New Day for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 1:06pm | Type: Blog

Exit polling from Tuesday’s presidential election is offering new hope to activists advocating for comprehensive immigration reform. Exit polling from Tuesday’s presidential elect ...

The Prerequisite of the Common Good
Originally Posted: 01/29/2013 - 5:40pm | Type: Press

November 8, 2012 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Let's Talk Poverty in the Debate
Originally Posted: 01/29/2013 - 5:39pm | Type: Press

October 2, 2012 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Who Voted?
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 12:58pm | Type: Blog

One of the big questions before Tuesday’s election was whether Barack Obama could replicate the diverse coalition of voters responsible for his 2008 victory. The news? He did. One ...

The Prerequisite of the Common Good
Originally Posted: 03/24/2013 - 6:14pm | Type: Blog

The results of the presidential election showed how dramatically a very diverse America is changing; people are longing for a vision of the common good that includes everyone. As one commentator put it “the de ...

What's Next for Religious Conservatives?
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

Mitt Romney failed in his bid to win the White House back for Republicans, but the biggest losers in Tuesday’s voting may be Christian conservatives who put everything they had into denying President Barack Ob ...

The Hand Is Quicker Than the Eye
Originally Posted: 11/07/2012 - 2:01pm | Type: Blog

Political parties are organized around “big ideas” but they get their power – and they get elected – because of “little ideas” – those rumors, speculations and paranoid fantasies that drive voters into panic a ...

10 Reasons Why Romney Lost
Originally Posted: 11/07/2012 - 12:53pm | Type: Blog

The reasons Republicans are giving for Romney's loss. CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby offers 10 reasons he’s hearing from Republicans: 1. Losing among young people, ...

Post-Election: Our Hope for the Future
Originally Posted: 11/07/2012 - 12:27pm | Type: Blog

Whether your guy won or whether your guy lost, do any of us believe that politicians or the political process can unite us or solve our nation's deepest troubles (the most serious of which are not economi ...

My Vote Was Stolen
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

What does it feel like to have your vote stolen? It sucks. It feels like someone literally let all the air out of my balloon animal. What does it feel like to have your vote stole ...

Jesus for President 2012
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

What would America look like if Jesus were in charge? It was way back in 2004 that the spark for the Jesus for President campaign was born — by a bunch of post-evangelical Christi ...

My (Native) Vote
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

So who am I going to vote for? I am not sure. But fortunately I have a few more hours to figure it out. My early voting ballot is almost complete. I have done my reading, finished ...

Watch the Vote: A Prayer for America
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 1:37pm | Type: Blog

It’s here, God — Election Day in America. Today is the day when Americans everywhere are given the privilege and responsibility to exercise dominion (agency) at the polls. It’s h ...

It’s Easy to Forget Privilege When It’s Always Been Yours
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 12:41pm | Type: Blog

I’m all for being a part of the democratic process, but it seems a bit odd to me that so many of these bloggers are coming from a position of power and privilege they themselves have always had. ...

Discerning Justice: Yes on 34
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

Hundreds of faith community’s have endorsed Proposition 34 because we believe the best way to do justice in California is to replace the death penalty with life in prison with no possibility of parole. ...

Election Day Communion
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

Christians gather to celebrate unity in the midst of differences. Tuesday, Nov. 6, is Election Day. As we’ve seen these past months, in a closely divided country, elections bring ...

12 Myths About Mormonism That Persist Despite the ‘Mormon Moment’
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 2:53pm | Type: Blog

All those stories educated millions of observant Americans about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Still, some “understandings” remain misunderstandings — and many views of the religion are stil ...

Voting: Responsibility or Privilege?
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 2:25pm | Type: Blog

Next week I will vote for the first time in a presidential election. I became a naturalized U.S. citizen two years ago, giving up my Korean passport, my (not)green card, and pledging allegiance after having li ...

God Is Still Not A Republican, Or A Democrat
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

Our efforts appeared to inject some common sense into our nation’s political discourse, but given recent electoral statements and newspaper ads from some conservative Christian leaders, it appears the message ...

A More Perfect Union
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

Our reserve is nearly 26,000 square miles with about 300,000 enrolled tribal members, and I cannot recall in my lifetime a presidential candidate visiting our reservation and campaigning directly to our people ...

Paul’s Politics
Originally Posted: 11/02/2012 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

The apostle Paul calls the church in Corinth a body — and that’s political language: “God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be … As it is, there are many parts, ...

Watch the Vote: God Will Part the Waters
Originally Posted: 11/02/2012 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

The deep waters of injustice are rising high and threatening to spill over on Nov. 6. Voters will have to wade through muck and mire to cast faith-filled ballots this year. So, listen up, study up, and get you ...

Graduation Day for the Electoral College
Originally Posted: 11/01/2012 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

The United States is the only democratic country in the world where a candidate can be elected as president without earning the highest number of votes. The United States is ...

Religious Consistency and Hypocrisy: Election 2012
Originally Posted: 11/01/2012 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

Let’s be clear: On Nov. 6, neither a Republican nor Democratic victory will bring in the Kingdom of God. Most people in America, whether they are religious or not, prefer consist ...

If I Had a Million Dollars ...
Originally Posted: 11/01/2012 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

Play along with me. If you had $1 million to spend to help stimulate the economy, what would you do? What would I do? Play along with me. If you had $1 million to spend to help st ...

What Is Left Unsaid in This Campaign
Originally Posted: 11/01/2012 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

How can it be that the Holy Bible refers to helping the poor and vulnerable more than 2,000 times, yet two professing Christians running for president of the United States disregard this unholy scourge? ...

Before you vote, take a moment and think
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 3:15pm | Type: Press

October 30, 2012 Sojo in the News Tim Ryan ...

4 Things We Should Be Talking About Before Nov. 6
Originally Posted: 10/31/2012 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

Poverty. Guns. . Drones. Climate change. Bring up any of those issues and watch the candidates make a quick nod of concern and then scamper away from any specifics As the winds an ...

On Scripture: How to Vote like a Christian
Originally Posted: 10/31/2012 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

No single party or candidate has a monopoly on loving God and neighbor. It seems so easy, doesn’t it? Love God. Love your neighbor. The two greatest commandments encapsulate the ...

Millennials' Reflections on the New American Values Survey
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

On Tuesday, the religion, policy, and politics project at Brookings and the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) hosted a forum to release PRRI's fourth American Values Survey (AVS), a large national ...

Turn Down The Noise: Fast, Pray, Vote
Originally Posted: 11/02/2012 - 9:41am | Type: Blog

Here in Ohio we have seen political advertising go "one louder" and receive "that extra push over the cliff." The NOISE is so deafening, I'm convinced the campaigns and super PACs have ...

Watch the Vote: The Ground Game
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

For the next 12 days it’s all about the ground game. With most voter registration deadlines passed, the fight against voter suppression has shifted focus from registration drives to calling banks, car-pools, and calls to vote early. Bishop Dwayne Roy ...

Poverty, Homelessness Not on Candidates’ Agenda
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 3:32pm | Type: Press

October 25, 2012 Sojo in the News Jeremy Reynalds ...

Politics, Debates, and the Nones
Originally Posted: 02/06/2013 - 1:10pm | Type: Blog

It’s no wonder that more and more people of faith are identifying as the “nones”— or none of above the when it comes to religious beliefs. Who wants to be associated with Christianity — Protestant, Evangelical ...

Values of a Public Faith (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 10/19/2012 - 1:42pm | Type: Blog

In this year of presidential elections, I have decided to summarize key values that guide me as I decide for whom to cast my vote. Editor's Note:  This is part two of a ...

Watch the Vote: Is the Voting Rights Act Still Needed?
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 7:06pm | Type: Blog

When the Supreme Court announced recently that one of the cases it would take up in this session was a challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the hairs rose on the back of my neck. ...

Meet the Nones: Politically Active
Originally Posted: 10/18/2012 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly has launched a new mini-series on the rise of the unaffiliated. Editor's Note: Sojourners has launched this new blog series to hel ...

Values of a Public Faith (Part 1)
Originally Posted: 10/18/2012 - 3:33pm | Type: Blog

In this year of presidential elections, I have decided to summarize key values that guide me as I decide for whom to cast my vote. There are three basic elements of choosing a candidate for public office respo ...

Just Peace Theory and Foreign Policy
Originally Posted: 10/18/2012 - 2:19pm | Type: Blog

Just peace theory begins with the idea that peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peace building is a day-by-blessed-day proposition. Unlike just war theory, it does not begin when violent conflict is imminent. ...