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Sudanese Churches' Four Key Concerns on Troubled Elections--and Four Ways We Can Help
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Sudan's impending presidential and parliamentary elections have degenerated into a chaotic mixture of fraud accusations, boycotts, political assassinations, intimidation, abuses of power by the rul ...

The Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal and the Paradoxical Legacy of Pope John Paul II
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>The Catholic church is reeling from the several sexual abuse allegations that have come to light over the past three months. Downplaying the severity of this scandal will only further damage the alrea ...

What If Resurrection Is A Choice?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

"What if the resurrection was a choice?"</p> "What if the resurrection was a choice?" I was stunned when my professor posed this question in the last ...

The Sin of Usury
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Recently, on the <a href="http://faithandleadership.com/blog">Call &amp; Response blog</a>, <a href="http://faithandleadership.com/blog/02-22-2010/dan-rhodes-congreg ...

'What Has Helped Me the Most is My Faith'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Alvaro was forced to leave his wife and three children behind in ...

War is Ugly, God is Good: What I Learned from the Truth Commission on Conscience in War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I can't imagine a better way to lament the 7<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the war in Iraq than by spending it with Iraq veterans who are horrified by the war and courageously speaking out again ...

Vatican II 101: Social Justice is Part of Catholic Identity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Writer James Carroll, in his recent book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0547336268?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;cre ...

Why did God Create Women?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>In <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307267148?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0307267148"> ...

Justice on Trial in Honduras
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Forty-one months ago, almost to the day, I was at my desk in the office of the Honduran Christian justice organization Asociaci&oacute;n para una Sociedad m&aacute;s Justa (Association for a More J ...

J Street: Pro-Peace = Pro-Israel
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598862440_oYtxc"></a>Often when Sojourners addresses issues relating to Israel and Pale ...

Beyond a Predictable Script: Dialogue with Comments on My Israel/Palestine Posts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

It's one thing to go to the "Holy Land" and see where Jesus worked and walked in the past. It's one thing to go to the "Holy Land" and see where Jesu ...

'We Hunt People for Jesus': Are U.S. Soldiers Proselytising in Afghanistan?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

While the story of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/22/us/22guns.html?ref=us">bible-verses-on-gun-scopes</a> is getting more press, I am just (if not more) disturbed to read of a U ...

A New Direction for Juvenile Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Imagine a prison where an inmate asks to stay an extra two weeks beyond his release date. Imagine a prison where an inmate asks to stay an extra two weeks beyond his release date. ...

Audio Interview with Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 10:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh Promoting gender equality is crucial to combating global poverty, a point Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn make in their new ...

Contemplating Feminine Incarnation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>At church on a recent Sunday we were encouraged to find ways to see the world differently this week. Change our routine and change our perspective to help us get out of the rut of going through life w ...

Nigerian Anti-Corruption Activists Demand: Let the Sun Shine in
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Part 2 of an interview with David Ugolor, head of the <a href="http://www.aneej.org/">African Network for Environment and Economic Justice</a>.</p> Par ...

The Murphy Report on Clergy Sexual Abuse: Why We All Need Accountability
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

The day the <a href="http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2009/1127/1224259546533.html">Murphy Report</a> on clergy sexual abuse of children in Dublin, Ireland was recently release ...

The U.S. Shouldn't Bless Honduras's Flawed Elections
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Elections took place Sunday, Nov. 29 in Honduras with National Party leader Porfirio Lobo declared the winner.</p> Elections took place Sunday, Nov. 29 in Honduras with Nati ...

Affirming the Footnotes: What the Manhattan Declaration Gets Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Although there are several points I find troubling, inaccurate, or misleading in the recent <a href="http://manhattandeclaration.org/">Manhattan Declaration</a>, and although I noticed th ...

Month of Protests Reveals Grocer's True Colors
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<script type="text/javascript"></script><p> Young and old, large and small, farmers and pastors, men and women all lined the streets in front of Publix grocery stores in Florida las ...

Crossing the Lines: A White Reporter's View of the Civil Rights Movement
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1434799840?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1434799840">&l ...

A Child's Prayer and a Parent's Predicament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

A Facebook friend sent me a link to a wonderful YouTube video. A Facebook friend sent me a link to a wonderful YouTube video. The clip, which apparently has now gone viral with ov ...

Penny Per Pound Is Gaining Ground: Join the Call for Tomato Worker Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ciw-online.org"></a>Romeo Ramirez knows a thing or two about abuse. Ramirez became a spokesperson for the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) in the mid  ...

A Moral Mandate for Financial Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

After all the financial turmoil that 2009 has already brought, one would think that it would somehow be logical and practical to bring accountable reforms to the same banking institutions whose re ...

A Nobel Prayer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I got the first call at 6:30 a.m. I got the first call at 6:30 a.m. from a reporter: "What's your reaction to Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize?" "What?" ...

Notorious Arizona Sheriff has Federal Immigration Enforcement Role Revoked
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Living in Maricopa County, Arizona, we are used to seeing our <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/03/12/action-alert-victory-department-of-justice-to-investigate-arizona-sheriffs-racial-profiling/" ...

The ACLJ and the Goldstone Report on Gaza War Crimes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

A few days ago I received a mass e-mail from the ACLJ. For those who don't get their daily dose of Christian talk radio, ACLJ stands for the American Center for Law and Justice. ...

Thou Shalt Not Abuse the Ten Commandments
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<p class="MsoNormal">ABC's Nightline has been running a series on the Ten Commandments in which they explore the issues and dimensions of each commandment in contemporary society.<span& ...

Honduras: The Time Is Now
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

On September 21st, President Manuel Zelaya <a href="http://americasmexico.blogspot.com/2009/09/zelayas-return-to-tegucigalpa-brings.html" target="_blank">returned</a> clandestin ...

Colombia's Churches Cry Out for Accompaniment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>"If [state officials and the paramilitary groups] knew what we were telling you, we would be riddled with bullets as soon as we walked out that door."</p> ...

Peace Day and Our Fearless Obligation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Jesus taught fearlessness.</p> Jesus taught fearlessness. Thus, to follow Jesus means to live a faith that takes us beyond our anxieties, beyond our deepest fears and tr ...

'We Are Defined as a Nation by How We Treat Those Who Have Chosen to Hurt Us'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The decision by Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill to release on compassionate grounds the convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi has been ferociously and strongly condemned i ...

Want to End Poverty? Focus on Women and Girls
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Promoting gender equality is crucial to combating global poverty, a point Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn make in their new book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307267148?ie=UTF8&amp ...

A Jewish-American Advocate Against the Injustice of Occupation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Just the basic facts about Anna Baltzer make her a provocative presence. She's a 30-year-old Jewish-American woman who is arguing passionately for justice for Palestinians.</p> ...

Honduran Coup Government Showing Sensitivity to U.S. Pressure -- More is Needed
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

While the United States remains focused on health-care reform and back-to-school activities, the impact of the Honduras coup in June continues, much out of the popular media. Whil ...

Gates Arrest Analysis Cliff Notes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090727/ap_on_re_us/us_harvard_scholar_caller">Audio of the 911 call</a> that brought Sgt. James Crowley to the home of Henry Louis Gates Jr. ...

Jimmy Carter's Stand on Women in Church Leadership
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>An autographed photo of Jimmy Carter sits on our piano. A friend of ours wrote to Carter and told him that he was one of our sons' favorite presidents, and would he please send them a signed phot ...

Taking the Bible Seriously, but not Always Literally
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Throughout history, individuals and institutions have cited the Bible to support injustices, such as "holy war" against infidels, the subjection of women, racism and slavery, and the abuse of homos ...

Henry Louis Gates Jr. Arrested, Now Who Owes Whom an Apology?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2009/07/charges_to_be_d.html" target="_blank">The Cambridge Police Department arrested Harvard Professor Henry Louis G ...

Celebrating Mandela's Birthday and Serving Zimbabwe's Children
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

On July 18<sup>th</sup> many people from different parts of the world celebrated Nelson Mandela's 91<sup>st</sup> birthday! On July 18 th many peop ...

The Death Penalty Denies the Gospel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

He was taken before the authorities and subjected to abuse and beatings. No one arose to defend his case with the integrity it deserved. He was taken before the authorities and s ...

School of the Americas Graduate Led Honduras Coup
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Sunday morning, a military coup took place in Honduras led by commander Gen. Romeo Vasquez, ousting democratically-elected President Manuel Zelaya. Sunday morning, a military coup ...

Ethnic Cleansing of Burma's Karen Refugees Continues
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

On May 24th, 2009, Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) junta-backed troops attacked numerous villages in Paan District, Burma, causing the flight of at least 3,000 internally displaced persons (I ...

Abu Ghraib: Don't Be Afraid of the Truth
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba wrote the U.S. Army's report on the Abu Ghraib torture scandal. He was then forced into retirement.</p> Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba wrote the U.S. ...

The Human Rights Crisis in the Philippines
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/acabar-blog-photo.jpg"></a>One morning earlier this year, Edelina "Eden" Jolloso-Jerus, working at her family store in San Juan-Ror ...

The Unique Awareness, Insight, and Wisdom of Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As friends and I met for dinner to enjoy pictures of mutual friends' wedding, their four-year old joined in the fun. As friends and I met for dinner to enjoy pictures of mutu ...

Priest Scandal Re-opens Celibacy Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Scandal has again surfaced in the American Catholic Church, but, gratefully, this time it is not over child abuse or mismanagement of funds. Scandal has again surfaced in the Amer ...

Equal Justice Under the Law: The Case for Cocaine Sentencing Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, but an accurate weight is his delight. (Proverbs 11:1)</p> A false balance is an abomination to t ...

Witchhunt: I Was in Prison and You Visited Me
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Twenty-seven years ago this month, Brenda and Scott Kniffen, a homemaker and an inventory manager of a diesel shop, were arrested and charged with sexually abusing their two young sons, Brian and B ...

India's Women Stand Up to Religious Bullies
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

At the end of January in Mangalore, India, a group of right-wing extremists, the Sri Rama Sena, entered a bar and assaulted the women there. At the end of January in Mangalore, In ...