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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. ...

Perseverance with Vision in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p><em>By persevering the egg walks on legs.<br /> (Ethiopian Proverb)</em></p> By persevering the egg walks on legs. (Ethiop ...

M2EP Filmmaker Challenge Winner Goes to Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<span><span></span></span></p> Editor's Note: In anticipation of The Mobilization to End Poverty, World Vision and Sojourners spo ...

Zimbabwe's Cycle of Crisis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The outcome of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/11/03/regional-leaders-take-more-confrontational-approach-to-zimbabwes-crisis/">regional intervention in Zimbabwe</a> has been a thirty d ...

Ending AIDS' Stigma
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

President Obama and his administration were busy this past Friday. President Obama and his administration were busy this past Friday. The president signed into legislation The Rya ...

Regional Leaders Take More Confrontational Approach to Zimbabwe's Crisis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Over a week has passed after the partial withdrawal of the opposition party (MDC) from the unity government. Over a week has passed after the partial withdrawal of the opposition ...

'Illegal Alien' Halloween Costumes Cash in on Racist Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p>For many in the US, Halloween is a time to dress-up as a character from a movie, a politician, a witch, vampire, and For many in the US, Hallow ...

Danger and Opportunity in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The Chinese symbol for crisis can mean either danger or opportunity. The Chinese symbol for crisis can mean either danger or opportunity. This weekend's announcement by the o ...

Love Casts Out Fear, Not Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

What is at the core of the immigration issue? What is the driving force of the debate? I say it is fear.</p> What is at the core of the immigration issue? What is the drivin ...

Surprises in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

My brief visit to Zimbabwe had a few surprises, such as availability of basic foodstuffs instead of empty shelves in supermarkets. My brief visit to Zimbabwe had a few surprises, ...

Columbus in Reverse: 'Travel as a Political Act'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.ricksteves.com/"></a><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1568584350?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojourners-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;crea ...

Why Celebrate Columbus Day?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

From the journal of Christopher Columbus:</p> From the journal of Christopher Columbus: In all the world, there is no better people nor better country. They love their ...

Stopping Anti-Immigrant Violence at its Ideological Roots
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

November 8, 2009 will mark the one-year anniversary of Ecuadorian immigrant Marcello Lucero's brutal murder at the hands of seven high school teens in the infamously anti-immigrant Suffolk County, ...

U2's Music and Mission--and My Kid's First Rock Concert
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Events/U2-Concert-at-FedEx-Field-2009/9812626_6qWPB#666442735_FC6on"></a>Oh no, my eleven-year-old went to his first rock concert this w ...

How Women of Faith Fought a Dictator with Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

To commemorate the International Day of Peace (September 21st), I had the opportunity to attend a screening of the documentary <em><a href="http://www.praythedevilbacktohell.com">Pray the ...

Flickers of Hope for Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Most of the news coming from Zimbabwe is so discouraging and heartbreaking that it is becoming harder to sustain hope.</p> Most of the news coming from Zimbabwe is so discou ...

'Indecent' Clothing and Abusive Control
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Over the past couple of months, I've followed the unfolding story of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/07/world/africa/07sudan.html" target="_blank">Lubna Hussein</a> ...

Labor Day Weekend Ironies: What Do Child Labor and S'mores Have in Common?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last Monday, our family, like millions of other Americans, sat in holiday weekend traffic to get back home after an extra day away. Last Monday, our family, like millions of other ...

Truth and Reconciliation in Zimbabwe?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last week the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) pledged to support the program on national healing in Zimbabwe. Last week the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) ...

Partnerships to End Poverty, Led by the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The Poverty Initiative, based at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, has a mission "to raise up generations of religious and community leaders dedicated to building a social movement to en ...

The Other Dimension of the Game
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I have been thinking much about this slogan or caption, "the other dimension of the game." It is a slick and catchy phrase I have been exposed to in my work with Streetfootballworld -- a strategic ...

Zuma's Visit to Zimbabwe: Seeking 'Batho Pele'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

There is a Sotho expression, <em>batho pele</em> -- meaning "putting people first" -- that one wishes could inform politics in Zimbabwe. There is a Sotho exp ...

Genocide, Not War, Is the Problem in Darfur
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The outgoing commander of the U.N./African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur has garnered much press by saying, on his way out of the door, that "I would not say there is a war going on in Darfur. ...

Sex Trafficking: Rescuing the Other Jaycee Dugards
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I, along with the rest of the nation, have watched in horror this past week as the <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gvBeg7MFDN7NMl_R8k1J_21SuoVAD9ACUQAG0">details of t ...

An Essential Point in the Health-Care Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As debates rage over the proposed health-care reform (which I strongly support), I believe many politicians, activists, religious leaders, and ideologues are missing an essential point. ...

Clinton's Africa Trip and Tutu's Legacy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

August is women's month in South Africa, with Woman's Day celebrated on August 9. August is women's month in South Africa, with Woman's Day celebrated on Aug ...

Weaving Networks from Iowa to Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

There is an African proverb from Ethiopia that says, "When spider webs unite they can tie up a lion." What a graphic illustration of power that emerges as an outcome of networking, partnership, and ...

The Struggle Continues in South Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I have been home in South Africa for two months as of August 6. I am grateful that my family and I are home in the land of our beginnings. I have been home in South Africa for tw ...

Gut-Level Healing
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:14am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter We can overcome obstetric fistula. Obstetric fistula could be a curse from the book of Job, if J ...

An Interfaith Movement Against Malaria
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel In the Quran, it is written, “And anyone who saves a life, it shall be as if he saved the lives of all the people.” ...

Family Reunions
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Two multimedia projects see Africa as the planet's musical heart and soul. IN THE FIL ...

'Grace to Heal': Deconstructing the Culture of Violence in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The government of Zimbabwe, in a groundbreaking move, dedicated this past weekend to renouncing political violence and promoting national healing. The government of Zimbabwe, in a ...

Celebrating Mandela's Birthday and Serving Zimbabwe's Children
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

Obama, Africa, and Truth-Telling
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Now that the Cold War that was anything but cold in Africa is over; now that the CIA, as far as we know, no longer pays for the overthrow and murder of democratically elected leaders as it did with ...

Obama in Ghana: The Capacity of Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The visit by U.S. President Barack Obama to Ghana this past weekend was described as his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa. The visit by U.S. President Barack Obama to Ghana this ...

Amahoro: An Emerging Conversation in Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Conversations can offer creative spaces for questions to be asked and the exchange or exploration of ideas. Conversations can offer creative spaces for questions to be asked and t ...

A White Woman's Turn as a Minority Under the Microscope
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It was hard to miss me on the lava-rocked streets of Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, while I was working for a locally led organization, <a href="http://healafrica.org/cms/">HEAL A ...

Jim Wallis and Jon Stewart Get It Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis is one of the most talented interviewees I've ever known. He knows how to get substance, not just spin, into a sound byte, and he has an amazing ability to think on his feet. ...

Listen to it Loud
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"Listen to it loud!" That was the advice that came with a disc of the new film, <em>I Bring What I Love,</em> about Youssou N'Dour, a Senegalese singer who has worked for social jus ...

Immigration Reform: The time has come
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The time has come for comprehensive immigration reform. After several failed attempts in past years, the president has promised it and the White House is showing a clear commitment to it. ...

A Woman's Right to Fish
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. <em>If you teach his wife how to fish, you feed the whole family for a lifetime</em>. ...

Water of Life: Wee Man Doesn't Take it for Granted (And Neither Should You)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

One of the everyday things Vasco has enjoyed most since arriving in Chicago from Malawi five weeks ago is being able to go into the kitchen and pour a cool glass of crystal clear water, from the si ...

Evangelical Leaders Overlook Minorities
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

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Yearning for Change in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Since the signing of the agreement that led to a government of "national unity," there was an expectation that this could be the start of a new era in Zimbabwe. Since t ...

Reconciliation and Homecoming
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Homecoming is on my mind in this day and this hour. Homecoming is on my mind in this day and this hour. My family and I will leave the twin cities, our Bethel University, our Sanc ...