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A Big Problem for Land Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Why should the world turn away from huge, monocropped factory farms? Pick the reason you like best. Why should the world turn away from huge, monocropped factory farms? Pick the r ...

Love Your Neighbor, Love the Earth
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The industrialized world's collective failure to both regulate pollution and curb gross overconsumption has put millions and billions of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people at increase ...

Zimbabwe's 'Burial Societies'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In African culture death is accepted as an inevitable aspect of life and a promotion to the spiritual level where one becomes an ancestor whose duty is to protect and intercede for one's living fam ...

Women Who Were Wild at Heart
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I enjoy addressing the contributions of women in history at Christian colleges or universities. I enjoy addressing the contributions of women in history at Christian colleges or u ...

Holding Government Accountable on Poverty -- in Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The South African elections have eclipsed all news in our region. These went fairly smoothly with isolated incidents. The South African elections have eclipsed all news in our reg ...

Voices of Global Climate Change, Part II: Leo Atakpu
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Nigerian activist Leo Atakpu is a busy guy -- he advocates for debt cancellation, opposes water privatization, and speaks out against climate change. Nigerian activist Leo Atakpu ...

The Social Side Effects of Global Warming
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

We are at a global turning point. We are at a global turning point. Rampant deforestation, mass extinction of species, global warming, the melting of polar ice caps, and the rapid ...

Wheels of Change in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Someone once said that once the wheels of change are in motion, they can't be stopped; it's as if once the sun starts to rise, there is no going back into the night. Som ...

Rwanda's Hopes and Challenges 15 Years After the Genocide
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Today the world is remembering Rwanda and the genocide that started there 15 years ago. Today the world is remembering Rwanda and the genocide that started there 15 years ago. As ...

A Higher Authority for Sudan's President
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Sudanese President al-Bashir's recent <a title="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article6018508.ece" href="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article601 ...

Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

and auction block. The victims of the transatlantic slave trade that lasted some 400 years are living today ...

Tutu Confronts ANC, Zimbabwe Launches Recovery Program
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It has been another week of high drama in South Africa and more mixed news from Zimbabwe. In South Africa three key issues have dominated public debate. It has been another week o ...

Our Sisters' Anguish
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Toya Richards Congo Sabbath Initiative helps churches stand with rape survivors. On the surface, there’s absol ...

Will Africa Say No to Nukes?
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jeannie Choi When two more African na­tions ratify the Pelindaba anti ...

Nuts and Bolts
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jeannie Choi Best Product On a trip to Ma ...

John Hope Franklin: Scholar, Activist, Truth-teller
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>John Hope Franklin lived through most of the twentieth century. He was a gentle man, a scholar, an activist, and a truth-teller. He studied history and he helped to make it.</p> ...

'Greek Moments' in South Africa and Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

During my studies in theology, my colleagues and I jokingly referred to particularly difficult concepts or issues that we had a hard time understanding as "a Greek moment," or say "this is Gree ...

'Once Again' in Darfur
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Here we are again, and again, and again. It is not a new message or a new concern. People have been suffering, starving, raped, beaten and killed year in and year out. Here we ar ...

Through Lenten Darkness, Rays of God's Grace in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The sad news from Zimbabwe continues The sad news from Zimbabwe continues (activist, Africa, Churches, farm invasions, global issues, God's Politics, Grace, Hope, Hum ...

Zimbabwe Prime Minister's Wife Killed in Car Crash
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<span style="color: #000000;">A dark cloud has descended on Zimbabwe. A dark cloud has descended on Zimbabwe. On Friday, March 6 th , Susan, the wife of Zimbab ...

From Lazy Pluralism to Active Solidarity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I guess that people are on a journey when it comes to faith. Some admit to being on a journey, while there are those who state they have arrived. I guess that people are on a jour ...

Zimbabwe's Bi-Polarity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The power struggle continues in Zimbabwean politics between progressive forces and the 'old guard.' The progressive forces want to get on with rebuilding the entire infrastructure of the country, e ...

With Eyes to See
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Richard E. Stearns How I went from being a corporate CEO to an anti-poverty activist. His name was Richard, th ...

Save Lives? Yes, You Can.
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Dale Hanson Bourke A few e-mails can help fight AIDS. I am one of the lucky ones. Every few months I travel to ...

Let's Talk About Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Most of my life I have been thinking about race and religion -- as a child when my family left my native Costa Rica to move to inner-city New Jersey, as a teenager struggling to develop my faith an ...

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" ...

Save Darfur's Women: Rape as a War Crime
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I recently heard a voice from Darfur. She sat on a stage in front of me, not on the pages of the newspaper, and Darfur's resilient voice said, "The crisis has turned our lives upside down."</ ...

A First Person Fight for the Millenium Development Goals
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 am the tenth of 17 children from a polygamous East African family. I hail from the village ...

Hope for Darfur?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The United States has recognized that genocide is taking place in Darfur, Sudan. That recognition is now five years old. The United States has recognized that genocide is taking ...

Guarded Optimism in Zimbabwe and South Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It's been just over two weeks into the new transitional government in Zimbabwe. There is guarded optimism and most people have adopted a 'wait and see' approach. It ...

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 ...

What Change Can Tsvangirai Bring to Zimbabwe?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Feb. 11, 1990, marked the wondrous day that Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was released from prison. Feb. 11, 1990, marked the wondrous day that Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was released ...

The Leap from Paper to Reality in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

A brief recap on some of the latest developments in Zimbabwe. A brief recap on some of the latest developments in Zimbabwe. The opposition agreed to be part of a transitional unit ...

Fine Timing
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Margaret Wilde Last night in the theology class I teach on peace and justice, I said there were better ways than military intervention to ...

Zimbabwe: Talks Drag on While Humanitarian Crisis Deepens
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

On Monday, January 26th, regional leaders met once again to discuss a way forward for Zimbabwe. The outcome of the meeting held no surprises. On Monday, January 26th, regional lea ...

20th January, 2009
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

On 20<sup>th</sup> January, 2009, I turned on my radio to listen to the news and heard these words from the leader of the main opposition party in Zimbabwe: "Today is probably one of the dark ...

Inaugural Week Meditation: So Happy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I'm 52, and I've had a great first half-century of life (and am looking forward to the next). But this inaugural week I feel an extraordinary happiness. Younger people can understand it to a ...

International Inauguration Congratulations
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

What an amazing and inspiring event. Our TV networks had the event 'live' so we could share this moment with the citizens of the USA! What an amazing and inspiring event ...

In Zimbabwe, a Picture is Worth One Hundred Billion Words
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>A friend sent me these pictures, and they capture the reality of mind-boggling inflation in Zimbabwe!</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p> ...

My Four Weeks in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Blessings of shalom for 2009! I have just come back from a four week visit to Zimbabwe. Blessings of shalom for 2009! I have just come back from a four week visit to Zimbabwe. As ...

An Atheist's Praise of Evangelism in Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Matthew Parris is a self-confessed atheist, but he writes with extraordinary candor and insight about the role of faith in social transformation in a recent <a title="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t ...

Africa Demands Climate Change Compensation
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Amy Spaulding Under the U.N. Under the U. ...

'Elders' Refused Entry to Zimbabwe as Cholera Claims Lives
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>"Either they don't know or they don't care."</p> <p>-Gracia Machel, referring to the government attitude on the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Z ...

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. ...

Restoring America's Standing in the World
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 2:16pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors When President Bush leaves office in January, he’ll take with him the cadre of neo-cons who shaped the administration’s foreig ...

Continent of Hope
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 2:16pm | Type: Magazine Article

John Prendergast Why Africa is a land of endless possibilitiy -- and how that should guide U.S. relations with the continent. ...

Don't Lose Hope
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Five things we must do now for Darfur and Congo. 1. DON'T LOSE HOPE. Examples such as Sierra ...

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 ...

Deadly Delays as Zimbabwe's Talks Drag On
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

As the power sharing talks between political parties drag on and off, the delays have turned deadly -- literally. As the power sharing talks between political parties drag on and ...

A South African Role Model of Reconciliation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Since the historic election of Nov. 4, I have been part of discussions with college students and faith-based institutions that have experienced racial tension and intolerance on their campuses. ...