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Consumerism and Producerism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In times of great chaos and stress, people need voices of inspiration. In times of great chaos and stress, people need voices of inspiration. Minister Vernon Johns, a prophetic vo ...

Rising Up to Heal a Sick Global System
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It would have been the last thing they expected. They thought this was their chance to discredit him on a point of law they thought was safe ground. It would have been the last t ...

Action Alert Victory: Department of Justice to Investigate Arizona Sheriff's Racial Profiling
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Action alerts make a difference. Our <a href="../2009/02/18/stop-sheriff-joe-arpaios-racial-profiling/">call for the Department of Justice to investigate Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio< ...

Is the 'Ebony Experiment' Wrong?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

An <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-buying-black-09-mar09,0,5889126.story">article</a> in the <em>Chicago Tribune</em> caught my attention this week. ...

A Lenten Prayer for Justice, Mercy, and Humility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The season of Lent reminds us of the renewal that came through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The season of Lent reminds us of the renewal that came through the life, ...

Time to Come to Washington
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 1:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Here's an opportunity to help make social change happen: Join us in the nation's capital in April. ...

Beyond Church Walls: Reflections on Faith in Action
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>Growing up Catholic in San Francisco, I was fortunate to be raised with a passion for social ...

Confession: 'Radicalism Often Turns People into Jerks Rather than Lovers'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Righteous anger, one of the best weapons in the satirist's arsenal, can eat me alive if I'm not careful. Jesus must look at some of my moves and shake his head. Righteou ...

Mobilization and Murder in our Nation's Capital
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>It's 8 p.m. and I'm exhausted.</p> <p>My six-month-old boy finally sto ...

Vote in the M2EP FilmMaker Challenge
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.M2EP&amp;item=M2EP-filmmaker"></a>In preparation for the upcoming <a title="http://www.sojo.net/mobilization" ...

How Advocacy Works
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em>Advocating for the poor is crucial in this time of recession, but maybe you're a little nervous about actually walking into your member of Congress' office, even after the great training yo ...

India's Women Stand Up to Religious Bullies
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | 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 ...

Poem: Freedom's Lament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Freedom is on my mind. In the case of South Africa, political freedom was achieved almost 15 years ago. It was a freedom from the heresy of Apartheid. Freedom is on my mind. In th ...

Stop Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Racial Profiling
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

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Love God=End Poverty: Why I'm Going to the Mobilization to End Poverty
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>A year ago, anyone driving around Columbus, Ohio, was likely to see a billboard with the slo ...

The NAACP Century
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>With the bicentennials of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin the subject of numerous conferences, articles, and television shows this month, we also should remember another important commemoration in ...

A Balanced View of Government
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>I'm honored to take part in the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=e ...

Jesus and Justice Always Kiss: A Plea to Youth Pastors Making Out with Empire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

That U.S. megaphone of amazing grace, Shane Claiborne, was recently moved to tears after witnessing a youth gathering in Australia. That U.S. megaphone of amazing grace, Shane Cla ...

Alhamdulillah! (All Praise to God!) Philip is Free!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

No more details as of yet, just this update on the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62997328834">Facebook page</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>Wednesday February 1 ...

Mobilizing Art Against Poverty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Last week, I read this quote by John Piper: "...the weeping of the saints at the loss of precious souls is, paradoxically, the weeping of joy in God." I believe that is what God wants for me and fo ...

SCHIP: Finally, a Victory for Children's Healthcare
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The 111<sup>th</sup> Congress is turning out to be a bit more exciting than the 110<sup>th</sup>, with members tackling tough issues with a vigor that was in short supply in 2008. ...

Driven by the Holy Spirit
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

John Malkin Jesuit John Dear and his Persistent Peace. Jesuit John Dear’s peace activism has led him all ove ...

'Yes, We Did' - But What Will We Do Now?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

As I layered my clothing and stepped out into the biting pre-dawn chill, and as my friends and I walked the three miles down to the Mall and stood for hours feeling our toes go numb, I found it all ...

What Kind of Love Can Really Change the World?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

What a moment it was on Saturday at the War Memorial Plaza in Baltimore as President-elect Barack Obama heard a woman shouting in the crowd, "We love you, Obama!" and he answered, "I love you ba ...

Your Ballots at Work: 'Waterboarding is Torture'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

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 ...

Audio: Taking 'Change We Can Believe In' to the Next Level
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It was hard to narrow this sermon down to a short clip -- it makes so many good points! It was hard to narrow this sermon down to a short clip -- it makes so many good points! In ...

My Obama Inauguration Benediction: A Singular Moment in Time
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

You would think attempting to summarize my feelings on having been asked to deliver the Benediction at the Inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama-would be simple. In fact, it's quite a challenge; gi ...

Giving Your Shirt for Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In the February issue of <em>Sojourners</em>, <a title="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0902&amp;article=mother-liberia" href="../../../ ...

MLK and the Mountain Moving Business
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em>This post was Jim Wallis' contribution when invited to write a guest post on the blog for <a href="http://usaservice.org/blog">USA Service</a>, a campaign to encourage nati ...

Nonviolence Begets Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The dynamics of "violence begets violence" are simple and probably understood by everyone who has ever been in a fight. The dynamics of "violence begets violence&qu ...

MLK Day Altar Call to Action
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, the Presidential Inauguration Committee announced that the annual celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be an official part of the inauguration activities. ...

Welcoming the Stranger: Illegal?
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Amy Spaulding In Brookville, Pennsylvania, a dispute over laws has sh ...

Palestinian Christians Still Waiting for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

When I lived in Jerusalem during the fall of 2000, after the failure of Camp David and as the second intifada erupted, I found myself angry with everything around me - the crushing might of Israel' ...

Policy and Organizing: A Year in Review
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

It was quite a busy year for the policy team at Sojourners, and we can already hear the challenges and opportunities of 2009 calling for our attention. It was quite a busy year fo ...

An Israeli Conscript's Mother Speaks Out
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It's hard to believe that people all around the world are learning about my 19-year-old son Yuval. I know that I'm proud of him. I just never expected the world to be proud of him. As I writ ...

Midwifing a New America
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

I think it was sometime early in 2007 that I began to find myself almost possessed by a profound premonitory sense that the next year, this year, 2008, would be filled with a special power. ...

Support Israeli Conscientious Objectors -- Free the Shministim
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I've been thinking a lot about courage. See that fresh-faced, bold young woman on the right? Her name is Raz Bar-David Varon. She's an 18-year-old Israeli who just graduated from 12th grade. ...

World AIDS Day: Mourning, Celebration, and Rededication
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Yesterday our nation and world commemorated the 20th global observance of World AIDS Day. Yesterday our nation and world commemorated the 20th global observance of World AIDS Day. ...

Buy Nothing Day as Advent Activism Against the Demon Mammon
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W5t_VeoxZA"></a>As per usual, on Friday, we had all sorts of Buy Nothing Day festivities (<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v ...

Win a Trip to Africa in the Sojourners and World Vision Filmmaker Challenge
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/filmmaker"></a>Sojourners and World Vision need your help to promote the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;it ...

Sacred Pilgrimages to the School of the Americas and El Salvador
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Last spring, I made a pilgrimage to rural El Salvador to learn about the violence that had occurred there during the U.S-supported <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvadoran_Civil_War&qu ...

Happy Birthday Sojourner Truth!
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>On this day in 1797, Isabella Baumfree (<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0109&amp;article=010923">Sojourner Truth</a>) was born ...

A TKO and a Split Decision
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

My wife and I were sitting watching the election returns come in on CNN. She was 'chatting' online with some of her friends. My wife and I were sitting watching the ele ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Fasting for Immigrant Justice this Election Season
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Activists, evangelical Christians, and Catholic Workers have joined in a hunger strike in downtown Los Angeles to expose the plight of immigrants in the United States and to motivate 1 million peop ...

You Touch a Woman, You Touch a Rock
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

<blockquote style="margin-right: 0px;" dir="ltr"><p align="left"><strong>"Wathinta abafazi, wathinta imbhokodo." (You touch a woman, you touch a rock.) ...

'A Movement Requires Sacrifice'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

The word "movement" is in the air these days. The word "movement" is in the air these days. Many of the leading causes of our times want to be "movements. ...

What New Monastics Can Learn from History (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=2950">continued from part 1</a>] Out of a general respect for anyone who seeks to serve the inner city (I grew up in the housing project ...