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Adjusting to an Inter-racial Adoption
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/05/21/ignoramus-racial-moments-and-interracial-adoption/">I traveled to Ethiopia to pick up our adopted son, Isaac.</a> Isaac was abando ...

Suffer the Little Children
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Fictional character Miss Jean Brodie from Muriel Spark's novel, <em>The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,</em> famously quipped, "Give me a girl at an impressionable age, and she is mine for lif ...

Focusing World Cup Fever on South Africa's Fringe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I have committed my work, social action, and development endeavors to a social consciousness and awareness that propels a high standard of morality, ethics, and codes of conduct. ...

Tragic Stats and Beacons of Hope in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

During my recent visit to Zimbabwe, a headline caught my eye: "Worst Exam Results Ever!" The pass rate was 27% for national examinations held at the end of primary school (after seven years of scho ...

The Lazarus Effect: The Miracle of AIDS Treatment in Zambia
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>When I got a press release announcing that Spike Jonze was the executive producer of </em><a href="http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/the-lazarus-effect/index.html">The Lazarus Ef ...

Ignoramus Racial Moments and Interracial Adoption
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Sometimes in life you learn best not from the times that you shine, but from the times that you act like a total ignoramus. It seems that racism and fear of outsiders are on the rise in the U.S.A. ...

The Gulf Oil Spill as Seen from Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I'm in Kenya with a group of about<a href="http://www.amahoro-africa.org/" target="_blank"> 150 emerging leaders </a>from across East and South Africa. ...

Slavery is Alive and Well ... For Now
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>It'd be nice if enacting a law would solve the problem, wouldn't it?</p> It'd be nice if enacting a law would solve the problem, wouldn't it? ...

Packaging the Voice of the Other
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>After the <a href="http://julieclawson.com/2010/04/19/what-is-emerging/" target="_blank">synchroblog</a> last week and all the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag ...

Khartoum's Continued Insults to Sudan's Many Injuries
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Activists are calling Sudan's recent elections "rigged" and demanding that the results not be mislabeled legitimate. Activists are calling Sudan's recent elect ...

I Didn't Learn About the Emerging Church From White Males
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>article "<a href="http://ww ...

30 Years of Zimbabwean Independence: Promises of Hope and 'Acts of Madness'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Thirty years ago on April 18<sup>th</sup>, Zimbabwe celebrated independence and started a new chapter in its political history, full of promise and hope. Thirty years ...

Sudanese Churches' Four Key Concerns on Troubled Elections--and Four Ways We Can Help
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | 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 ...

Africa's 'Weapons of Mass Destruction'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I was watching the news coverage on the meeting of world leaders in Washington hosted by President Obama on reducing nuclear weapons and ensuring that these do not get into the hands of terrorists ...

The Advent of a New Global Faith Family
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The Grand River flows through Grand Rapids, Mich. with power and peace on its way to Lake Michigan 30 miles west. The Grand River flows through Grand Rapids, Mich. with power and ...

Looking at Christ Through Cultural Lenses
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Looking at me, pale-skinned and blonde-haired, you would not know that I come from a diverse background with an African-American great-grandmother and an American-Indian great-grandfather. ...

Ahead of Sudan Vote, Concern over Interference by Lord's Resistance Army
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>The murderous regime in Khartoum is showing its true colors again. While they parade and pretend to be preparing for fair election ...

Murder and Militant Songs Betray Mandela's Legacy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As millions of Christians celebrated Easter this past weekend, their celebrations were interrupted by events in South Africa and Zimbabwe that reinforced the relevance of the message of Easter for ...

Archbishop Tutu Underwhelmed With U.S. Version of 'Reconciliation'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Archbishop Desmond Tutu's excitement that Congressional leaders were going through a process known as 'reconciliation' was abated last week when he learned that the procedure was not, i ...

Circling Jericho in Zimbabwe?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

There seems to be a consistent political pattern emerging in Zimbabwe: first, there will be a violation of the unity agreement by ZANU (PF), followed by challenge by opposition parties with threat ...

A Hold-Out and a Hunger Strike on Aid for Uganda
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>My alarm went off at 5 a.m. today. As I sat up and unzipped my sleeping bag, a gust of Oklahoma wind bitterly ushered me into a new day. Drops of rain splashed my face, extinguishing the last few embe ...

Bearing Witness Against Cyber-Smears in the Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

Isn't there something in the Bible about not bearing false witness? Isn't there something in the Bible about not bearing false witness? How is it then, whether in relati ...

Black History Month Syndrome
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://edwardg.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/black-history-month278x2001.jpg"></a>I've kind of avoided the topic of Black History Month this year until now, almost th ...

Christian Heroes in Black History
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0764205560?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0764205560">&l ...

Beyond Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevards
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history. What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religiou ...

African Lent
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Sun-Ryszard-Kapuscinski/dp/0679779078/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;s=books&amp;qid=1266035336&amp;sr=1-1&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20"></a> ...

Drama and Confusion in South Africa and Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

This past week has been characterized by drama and confusion in South Africa and Zimbabwe. In South Africa the drama started on Sunday, Feb. This past week has been characterized ...

An Ordination by Archbishop Tutu and Valentine's Day Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>On Saturday, Jan. 30, I attended a service in which one of my colleagues was being ordained as a deacon in the Anglican Church together with ten others who were being ordained either as priests or dea ...

The Global Grassroots Struggle Against Corporate and Government Corruption
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1002&amp;article=tell-the-truth-and-shame-the-devil], anti-corruption"><em>As described in the February ...

African Solidarity with Haiti
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

In a sermon on the situation in Haiti, Dr. Michael Van Heerden, president of St. In a sermon on the situation in Haiti, Dr. Michael Van Heerden, president of St. Augustine college ...

Poor Folks' Food
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

My mother loved food.</p> My mother loved food. She loved it from the garden to the table. She enjoyed feeding people and all of creation. In the winter she and my fat ...

Haiti: TPS and the Coming Negativity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

My friends and I worried about the negativity that would emerge when the Department of Homeland Security granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitian nationals, allowing them to remain in th ...

The Flight to Egypt and the Continuing Challenges of Refugees
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

400 km (248.5 miles) in length. In December Egypt began building an underground wall along its border ...

Voodoo Haiti, Voodoo West
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/19/vudu-haiti-vudu-occidente/">En espa&ntilde;ol</a>] Haiti is an example of how both flesh and bones politicians as well as countries can look ...

Vudu Haiti, Vudu Occidente
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/19/voodoo-haiti-voodoo-west/">English version</a>] Hait&iacute; es ejemplo de c&oacute;mo los pol&iacute;ticos de carne y hueso pero tam ...

An Evangelical Missionary's Honest Perspective on Pat Robertson's Haiti Remarks
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

When I was a student at Christ for the Nations School of Missions, I learned about the so-called "pact with the devil" that the African slaves of Haiti made to free themselves from the French. ...

More Haitian History and Perspective on Pat Robertson and the 'Pact with the Devil'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Like many of you, my first reaction when hearing <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/14/the-televangelist-and-the-archbishop-contrasting-christian-responses-to-haitis-tragedy/">Pat Robertson& ...

Woza 2010 Woza! Reasons for Optimism in Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Woza 2010 Woza! Woza 2010 Woza! Meaning 'come 2010 come!' There is an air of excitement not only in South Africa but across the continent as the World Cup Football Tourn ...

Crunch Time for World Leaders at Copenhagen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

The rhetoric soared today as rich nation leaders -- UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Australia's PM Kevin Rudd and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton -- urged completion of a deal to slow global warm ...

Where are the Other Christian Voices Against Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

As a career missionary to Africa, I fear what would happen to me on judgment day if I didn't speak out against what is happening in Uganda right now in the name of Christ. As ...

Halliburton and the 'Resource Curse'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Part I 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 ...

How I Responded to Public Racial Mockery
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

A while back, I was in a situation where I was mocked publicly in front of 300-plus young leaders. There were racial overtones.</p> A while back, I was in a situation where ...

The Archbishop and the President's Common Problem
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>The best lack all conviction, while the worst<br /> Are full of passionate intensity.<br /> --William Butler Yeats, from "The Second Coming"</p> ...

Vulture Funds Feed on the Global Poor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p>Liberia is the most recent country to fall into the talons of a "vulture fund. ...

America's Pervasive Pattern of Race-Based Medical Disparities
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Our country has a long history of underserving and mistreating African-Americans and other marginalized groups. Our country has a long history of underserving and mistreating Afri ...

Why Poverty Persists in a World of Wealth
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The forthcoming documentary <em><a href="http://www.theendofpoverty.com">The End of Poverty?</a></em> opens with the question "Why does poverty persist in a world of grow ...

Climate Justice Clips: Countdown to Copenhagen, Day 5
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This video features three heroes of mine and courageous Christian leaders, Desmond Tutu, Wangari Maathai and Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia, talking about the importance of climate justice for the poorest of t ...

World AIDS Day and Rosa Parks' Civil Disobedience
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

December 1 is World AIDS Day. December 1 is also the day that Rosa Parks refused to yield her seat on a bus in Montgomery. December 1 is World AIDS Day. December 1 is also the d ...

Surprised by Motherhood
Originally Posted: 11/26/2012 - 10:46am | Type: Magazine Article

Cathleen Falsani "Your plan," God laughs. "Your plan!" Advent, the season of expectation, ...

Debunking the Beauty Myth
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Naomi Wolf, author of <a href="http://naomiwolf.org/the-beauty-myth-book/"><em>The Beauty Myth,</em></a> discusses how images fueled by consumerism are used against women. ...