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BREAKING NEWS: Georgia Parole Board Denies Davis' Plea for Clemency
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The Associated Press is reporting that the Georgia state parole and pardons board has denied death row inmate Troy Davis' last-ditch plea for clemency. Davis' execution is scheduled for tomorrow. ...

Study: 3 in 5 of Iraq's 1.5M Widows Lost Husbands Since 2003 U.S. Invasion
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

A study released this week by a global humanitarian aid organization concluded that three out of every five widows in Iraq lost their husbands in the years of violence that followed the 2003 invasion ...

International Peace Day: Hold Your Fire (and Your Tongue!)
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Peace is a return to oneness. In both the Hebrew and the Greek concepts of peace, the idea goes far beyond the absence of war or violent conflict. Peace is a return to onen ...

Troy Davis: Will Georgia Execute an Innocent Man Next Week?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"Perhaps the bleakest fact of all is that the death penalty is imposed not only in a freakish and discriminatory manner, but also in some cases upon defendants who are actually innocent." ...

Swords into plowshares, Guns into "Peace Angels"
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Last Mother's Day, the Violence Prevention Coalition of Los Angeles ran a gun buy-back event where people could exchange firearms for grocery coupons -- no questions asked. The VPC collected more than 2, ...

Preach it, Father Pfleger!
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"OK to all those attacking Tavis and Dr. "OK to all those attacking Tavis and Dr. West and me for hosting the Poverty tour, can you get off your Hating a seco ...

Commemorating 9/11 by Desegregating Theological Education
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I just returned from a very moving convocation at the Claremont School of Theology where I am on the faculty. I just returned from a very moving convocation at the Claremont Sch ...

One Dress Protest: How I Found Freedom in Prison
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Last Saturday, August 20, 2011, I got arrested. Having never been arrested before, it feels strange to write that. Last Saturday, August 20, 2011, I got arrested. Having never be ...

More than 1,000 Arrested Protesting Keystone XL Pipeline
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

As of this morning, more than 1,009 Americans have been arrested to bring national attention to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. This is what church looks like. As of thi ...

Carrying the Living King Back to the White House
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Rose Berger from Sojourners magazine spoke to the hundreds of us gathered in Lafayette Park just before we processed to the fence surrounding the White House. Rose Berger from ...

595 Arrested at the White House
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I'm home. I'm tired. And I feel great! I'm home. I'm tired. And I feel great! Yesterday, 145 religious leaders, artists, and students were arrested in front o ...

God's Wrath Caused East Coast Earthquake
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I want to beat televangelist Pat Robertson to the jump on yesterday's East Coast earthquake. I want to beat televangelist Pat Robertson to the jump on yesterday's East C ...

Hubble, Hubble, Climate Trouble
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

For the past 30 years, through my work with Maryknoll and Pax Christi International, I've come to know grassroots communities around the world in situations of war and poverty. ...

We're Connected by What We Eat
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

To the farmers who grow our food, the harvesters who pick it, the transporters who bring it to market, the grocers who present it, and the cooks who prepare it. To the far ...

Isn't the Keystone XL Pipeline in Our National Interest?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Won't it reduce our dependence on Middle Eastern oil? Won't somebody else develop the Alberta tar sands if the U.S. doesn't do it -- someone like China, perhaps? ...

A Faith-Full Labor Day Weekend
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Socrates famously said that the unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates famously said that the unexamined life is not worth living. Sometimes I wonder if the church that f ...

Could the Riots in England Have Been Averted?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The rioting and rampages that spread across English cities last week have caused severe property destruction and raised public alarm. The rioting and rampages that spread across E ...

Climate Witness as Act of Faithfulness
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The earth dries up and withers ... The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes, and broken the everlasting covenant. - Isaiah 24:4-6 ...

Oil Addicts Anonymous
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

If the United States is a fossil fuel addict, then the Alberta tar sands are our next big fix. If the United States is a fossil fuel addict, then the Alberta tar sands are our nex ...

Have we Christianized Jesus?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The Christianized Jesus -- the turning of a radical into a conservative shadow of his former self -- explains our problem of establishing and celebrating freedom fighters today. ...

On Three Continents, Catholic Priests Challenge Vatican on Women's Ordination
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

More than 150 Roman Catholic priests in the United States have signed a statement in support of a fellow cleric Roy Bourgeois, who faces dismissal for participating in a ceremony ordaining a woman as ...

A Call to Civil Disobedience Against the Keystone Pipeline
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Environmental activist Tim DeChristopher was sentenced recently to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine for disrupting a federal oil and gas lease auction in 2008 that was later deemed illegal. ...

Mandatory E-Verify: Immoral and Bad Business
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I admit it: A few years back, when I first heard about the E-Verify program, I thought it sounded reasonable. The program was described to me as a way for employers to voluntarily verify the U.S. ...

Alabama Clergy Sue to Stop Anti-Immigrant Law
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

When the Alabama legislature passed their infamous, anti-immigrant law (HB 56), the religious community in the state immediately cried foul. When the Alabama legislature passed th ...

No More Dirty Work! Clean, Green Jobs, Not Tar Sands Oil
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama will decide as early as September whether to light a fuse to the largest carbon bomb in North America. That bomb is the massive tar sands field in Canada's Alberta province. ...

Les Mis
Originally Posted: 01/11/2012 - 8:44am | Type: Blog

I prefer my revolutions to be simple: A corrupt dictator/tyrant, an oppressed population, inspired reformers who risk their lives, calls for democracy, waves of marchers in the streets, background mus ...

Family Research Council Attacks Evangelical and Catholic Leaders
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

In response to Sojourners' radio ads about the budget debates, the Family Research Council's political action committee has launched radio ads in Kentucky and Ohio arguing that deficit reduction shou ...

God Is Watching
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The markets are watching, the Republicans are watching, the Democrats are watching, the media are watching, the pollsters and pundits are watching. The markets are watching, ...

'God is Watching' the Budget Debate in Congress
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"God is Watching," reads the headline for a full page ad Sojourners ran in this morning's Politico. "God is Watching," reads the headline for a full pag ...

Where Has All the Sanity Gone?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Where has all the sanity gone? I, for one, never expected in my wildest dreams to pine for the days of Ronald Reagan. But I'm there. Where has all the sanity gone? I, for ...

Sojourners Launches Radio and Facebook Ads Calling Politicians to Remember the Poor
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

If you live in Kentucky, Nevada, or Ohio and listen to Christian or country radio, you'll be hearing some of Sojourners' new radio ads calling for legislators to remember the least of these during th ...

From Selma to Syria: The Power of Song in Nonviolent Resistance
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

How should music rank among the ever-growing list of time-tested nonviolent methods such as boycotts, marches, strikes, sit-ins, and vigils? http://www.flickr.com/commons/usage/ ...

God's Creatures Defending God's Creation
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

burn it all off you'd raise the atmosphere's carbon concentration from its current 390 parts ... the atmosphere. And that's at our current atmospheric carbon concentration of 390 parts per million. Burning ... the atmosphere. And that's at our current atmospheric carbon concentration of 390 parts per million. Burning ...

Matthew 25 -- Why We Went to the White House
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Today is another intense day of politics at the White House. The debt default deadline is fast approaching. Today is another intense day of politics at the White House. The debt d ...

Afghan Exchange Students Flee to Canada
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

[Editors' note: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly blog about issues in Afghanistan to educate our readers about the latest news and developments rel ...

BREAKING: Obama Meets with Faith Leaders on Budget Crisis
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Today, I, alongside other faith leaders, met with President Obama about the critical budget debate. We are grateful and hopeful leaving this meeting. Please pray for us as the conversation continues. ...

Immigration Theology from a Dreamer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"I will call them my people, who were not my people. And her beloved, who was not beloved." (Romans 9:25 referencing Hosea 2:23) http://creativecommons.org/license ...

A Democratic Egypt: Worker Justice and Civilian Rule
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

After months of good-faith reforms and patience, the drama is back in Egypt's Tahrir Square as protesters are preparing for a potential showdown with the state's military rule. ...

Who is Organizing the California Prison Hunger Strike?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2009 Amanda Slater | more info (via: Wylio)On the first day of this month, inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison, joined by inmates in other prisons around the state, began a hunger strike ...

A Moral Budget: Politics, Policies, and People
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Several weeks ago (right before I left for my sabbatical), I joined with six other pastors from around the country -- in partnership with Sojourners -- to draft an open letter to Congress and Preside ...

Will Politicians Listen to Pastors?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The way you think and feel about the world is shaped by what you see when you get out of bed in the morning. I remember hearing this from civil rights activists. The way you think ...

Listen to Your Pastors: 4,000 of Them Want a Moral Budget
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

As the federal debt ceiling standoff threatens to cause an economic catastrophe for our nation, more than 4,000 pastors across the country are opposing proposed immoral budget cuts that harm the most vulnerabl ...

How Long Do You Spend in the Shower?
Originally Posted: 07/29/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Many of us not only shower too frequently (there is evidence that suggests that daily showers are not always good for us), but many of us also spend far too long in the shower. Ac ...

Enough Activists, But Not Enough Convergence: An Interview With James Lawson
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Over lunch last week, during the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict's <a href="http://www.nonviolent-conflict.org/index.php/learning-and-resources/educational-initiatives/fletche ...

How Friends, Facebook, and Prayer Stopped the Deportation of Bernard Pastor
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

In November 2009, Bernard Pastor, an 18-year-old undocumented student in Ohio, was stopped by police for a minor traffic violation and detained. ICE held Pastor in federal detention with plans to deport him to ...

Sudan: History Must Not Repeat Itself
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

We cannot allow the history of a brutal genocide to repeat itself in Sudan, nor denial and inaction to repeat itself in Washington, D.C., but both are happening at this very moment ...

Dissenters, Monastics, and Doubters: My Kind of Faith at the Wild Goose Festival
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/07/01/dissenters-monastics-and-doubters-my-kind-of-faith-at-the-wild-goose-festival/" target="_self"></a>Fed up and worn out from th ...

Environmental Activist Anna Clark: 'Christians Must Conserve Resources'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

Anna has a heart for equipping churches to make small and big changes for the sake of creation care and stewardship of the earth's resources. How can Christians do this, you ask? Read our conversation to ...

The Keystone XL Pipeline: Game Over For the Climate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

390 parts per million to nearly 600. Even burning a much smaller amount of these tar sands would mean ...

Good Intentions Gone Bad
Originally Posted: 07/26/2011 - 4:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lauren F. Winner Lauren F. Winner reviews The Furnace of Affliction: Prison and Religion in Antebellum America, by Jennifer Graber. UNC P ...