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Why I'm Fasting From Facebook This Lent
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 11:02pm | Type: Blog

In contemplating next weekend's National Day of Unplugging, I'm reminded of the Facebook Fast I embarked on back in 2008. In contemplating next weekend's National ...

An Open Letter to Speaker Boehner
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Dear Mr. Speaker,</p> Dear Mr. Speaker, This past Sunday, you gave a speech to the National Religious Broadcasters annual conference and said that cutting spending is th ...

Is Facebook Changing the World?
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

In recent weeks, Facebook and other social media have clearly demonstrated their capacity to do far more than just allow us to keep in touch with our family and friends. In recent ...

Budgets Are Still Moral Documents
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The "<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/10/budget-cuts-and-bad-faith/" target="_blank">What Would Jesus Cut?</a>" campaign, launched by Jim Wallis and the good peop ...

Why Does a Yemeni Woman Have Pictures of Gandhi, King, and Mandela?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As I read <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/14/AR2011021406586.html" target="_blank">Sudarsan Raghavan</a>'s <em>Washington Post ...

When is Nationalism Healthy?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100215-invictus.jpg"></a>I watched the film <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1057500/" target="_blank">Invictu ...

The Power of the People of Egypt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

After 18 days of ever-growing protests, Egyptian Vice-President Omar Suleiman went on state television with a terse <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12433045" target="_bla ...

Why We Need Criminal Justice Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The nearly 2.3 million people in U.S. The nearly 2.3 million people in U.S. prisons and jails accounts for 25 percent of the world's incarcerated, and, as Michelle Alexander ...

President Obama and the National Prayer Breakfast
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Hi everyone. I'm currently in Washington, D.C. Hi everyone. I'm currently in Washington, D.C. Long story short, I have a meeting with a group of other folks at the White ...

Call on Obama: Tell Mubarak to Leave Now
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/03/call-on-obama-tell-mubarak-to-leave-now/" target="_blank"></a>By all journalistic reports, it was the Egyptian government of Pr ...

Egypt's Moment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>"All men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable." -- ...

Do Violent Words Cause Violence? Lessons from the Civil Rights Era
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/arizona/" target="_blank">tragic Arizona shootings</a> have sparked debate over an important question: What's the connection between v ...

Must I Teach My Daughter About Racism and Bigotry?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

My daughter came home from school recently with a worksheet that described life before and after <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/martin-luther-king-jr/" target="_blank">Martin Luthe ...

How I've Learned to Talk About Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I confess: I used to cringe every time I heard the "R" word. I confess: I used to cringe every time I heard the "R" word. Growing up in suburban Atlanta, th ...

Seeking Justice: Does it Really Matter?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday morning, I arrived at <a href="http://qcafe.org/" target="_blank">Q Cafe</a> as I do on nearly every work morning to begin a new day. Yes ...

Archbishop Deng, George Clooney, and You
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Murderous regime in Khartoum, meet "<a href="http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2039887,00.html" target="_blank">Google Earth on lots of steroids</a>": It&# ...

The Christian Industrial Complex
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I went into a Christian bookstore the other day and was surprised to see some of the most prominent display space given over to military flags for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. These fl ...

A Letter To My Son: Welcome to the In-Between
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This is a letter to my son that I am not sure he will understand now, but it is one that I hope he will look back upon to give clarity to some moments of confusion and exclusion. ...

Preparation for the Poor: Why Climate Funding Can't Wait
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

could raise approximately $400 billion per year. A $7 fee on every international flight would generate ...

Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/banner_farmworkers1.JPG"></a></p> [ Editors' Note: In November, Sojourners w ...

What Does it Mean to Have No African American Senators?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On November 2, the mid-term elections were held and the conversation the next day for many people I talked with was that there were no African-American senators. On November 2, th ...

Urgent Action Needed on Behalf of the Saharawi People
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This morning I received an e-mail from a friend asking me to get the word out about a tragic human rights event that has been taking place over the past week, which the world knows little to nothin ...

Churches Key to Peace in Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<strong>[</strong><em><strong>Editor's Note:</strong> Voter registration has now started for South Sudan's January 9 referendum on independence -- an event whose occurre ...

Glenn Beck's Offensive Attacks on George Soros
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

And the hits just keep on coming.</p> And the hits just keep on coming. The list of people who Glenn Beck has attacked with faulty logic and fear tactics is growing long ...

Obama's Remarks to the Indian Parliament and Just Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

One goal of just peace theory is to make war obsolete. The idea is to establish justice, in all of its various iterations, so that peace will prevail. One goal of just peace theor ...

The Upcoming Vote in South Sudan: Just the Facts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On January 9, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/11/05/looking-towards-south-sudans-referendum/" target="_blank">South Sudan will vote on whether to secede</a> from the North an ...

Looking Towards South Sudan's Referendum
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

[<em><strong>Editor's Note:</strong> As Sudan prepares for the key January 9 referendum in which South Sudan will decide whether to become independent, as outlined by the 2005 agreement ...

It Takes a Movement: A Post-Election Analysis
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/it-takes-a-movement/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editor's Note: Today is ...

Is Women's Leadership in the Church a Primary Issue?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

If you are concerned about the question of gender and Christian faith you have probably heard someone say, "Yes, the woman's question is important, but it is not a 'primary issue.'" Wh ...

5 Books on the Nitty-Gritty of Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the November issue of <em>Sojourners</em>, Rose Marie Berger <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1011&amp;article=celebrate-the-peace-para ...

Holding Evangelism and Social Action in Tandem
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The <a href="http://www.lausanne.org/cape-town-2010" target="_blank">Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization</a> in Cape Town, South Africa has been very clear: There is ...

5 Books on Making Nonviolence Work in a Scary World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the November issue of <em>Sojourners</em>, Rose Marie Berger <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1011&amp;article=celebrate-the-peace-para ...

The Global Church Must Hold Politicians Accountable
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

One of the great things about <a href="http://www.lausanne.org/cape-town-2010" target="_blank">Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization</a> in Cape Town, South Africa is ...

A Crucial Time for Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

With only 88 days left until the independence referendum in southern Sudan -- unless it is delayed by Khartoum's foot-dragging tactics -- the eyes of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/sudan/" ...

Proclaim Jubilee: Why I March for Economic Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It's been ten years since the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/jubilee/" target="_blank">prophetic call to Jubilee</a> was made in 2000. It&# ...

The Church Must Retain a Prophetic Voice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

We have all heard the old saying that Satan's greatest ploy is to get people to stop believing in him. We have all heard the old saying that Satan's greatest ploy is to ...

George W. Bush Led on AIDS. Will Obama?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

million people are living with STDs in the U.S. alone, as well as 400 million people worldwide. Are you ... million people are living with STDs in the U.S. alone, as well as 400 million people worldwide. Are you ... as well as 400 million people worldwide. Are you one of them? When you have Herpes (HSV-1, HSV-2), HPV ...

Globalized Justice: A Promise to the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last month I was in a meeting of African bishops discussing the transformation of Africa when a speaker strayed from his specific topic and gave a list of details which outlined the impact of <a hr ...

Angel Island: History Repeats Itself
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em><strong>Editor's Note</strong></em><em>: This statement was delivered at an interfaith prayer vigil at the U.S. Editor's Note ...

Human Atrocities in Congo: What Can We Do?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

to 400 Rwandan and Congolese rebels raided villages in the North Kivu Province and gang-raped nearly 200 ...

Creating Liberated Spaces in a Post Colonial World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Emergent Village will be hosting its annual Theological Conversation this year in Atlanta, GA from Nov. Emergent Village will be hosting its annual Theological Convers ...

Eat, Pray, Love ... Yourself?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Eat Pray Love the movie has the makings of a summer hit, with Julia Roberts as its star and Elizabeth Gilbert's bestselling book as its source material.</p> <p>The book was something ...

The Legacy of Martin Luther King: From 1963 to 2010
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100826_MLK.jpg"></a>[Editor's Note: In anticipation of the anniversary of the March on Washington on ...

The Dragonfly Abides
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Tombolombo. Tombolombo. That is the word for "dragonfly" in Chichewa, my son Vasco's native language. It was one of the first words Vasco taught me when he came ...

President Obama on "The View"
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

President Obama visited with the five hosts of the ABC daytime talk show "The View." People complained. He should have gone to the Boy Scout gathering. President Obama v ...

How Heroes are Made: Remembering Nate Henn
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Heroes are not made in the warm hallways of cul-de-sac safety. Nor are they made of black and white print from the critic's air-conditioned desk. Heroes are not made in the w ...

Shirley Sherrod's True Revelation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The controversy over the injustice done to Shirley Sherrod, the African-American woman whose comments on <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/race/">race</a> were taken out of context, misre ...

After World Cup, Violence Persists in South Africa
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100714-fifa-worldcup.jpg"></a>The World Cup eclipsed our lives in South Africa as we witnessed four weeks of unbelievable soccer and celebrat ...

An Open Letter to Madonna
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100630-falsani-family.jpg"></a>Dear Madonna,</p> <p>Thank you. Earlier this week, after a month-long sojourn in Malawi, my family ...

The World Cup and Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

When South Africa was selected to host the World Cup, there was much rejoicing and reflection on how far the country had come. When South Africa was selected to host the World Cup ...