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Surprising Insights on Ukraine in the New York Times
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

Russia’s desire for power is mimetic, or imitative, and modeled on its rival for power, the United States. Russia wants what the United States has — the prestige of being a global super power — and Russia is w ...

States of Being
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The 10 best U.S. films of 2013. I’VE RECENTLY spent time researching the vision of the U.S. th ...

Six Reasons Americans Still Need Christianity
Originally Posted: 12/20/2013 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

Churches are among the few places that inspire deep, authentic, messy, and real community. They go out of their way to involve people and connect them via small groups, activities, and an endless variety of in ...

Gareth Higgins on Peace, Politics, and Our Nation's 'Cinematic States'
Originally Posted: 12/04/2013 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

Lots of people like movies; Gareth Higgins loves movies. But the founding director of the Wild Goose Festival and long-time peace activist engages popular culture with a different eye than most of us. I asked ...

Why Racism Is (Almost) Omnipotent
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

This Advent season presents the church with a great moment — an opportunity — to sharpen its discernment. It is an opportunity for the church and the world to experience a new birth in love, racial justice, an ...

'American Promise' Film Documents Two Black Families Navigating Education in America
Originally Posted: 10/31/2013 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

The documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class, and opportunity. American Promise  spans 13 years as Joe Brewste ...

Infographic on Mass Incarceration
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

The Criminal Justice Degree Hub released an infographic on mass incarceration in the U.S. titled "Locked Up In America." According to the extensive graphic, the U.S. has 5% of the world's popula ...

Surprising Stories of Climate Change Here in the U.S.
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 2:20pm | Type: Blog

One of the obstacles to igniting a passion about climate change is that it feels so abstract; it feels like a future problem, a global problem. But it’s really a here and now problem. We took folks out on the ...

Racism: America's Original Sin
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

The Legacy of White Racism [This is adapted from an earlier version of the article "America's Original Sin," which appeared in the November 1987 issue of Sojour ...

President Obama: ‘Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me 35 Years Ago’
Originally Posted: 07/19/2013 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

President Obama addressed the nation today regarding the George Zimmerman trial, giving his thoughts on the nation's response to the verdict and the state of racism in our society. ...

Trayvon and George: A Tale of Two Americas
Originally Posted: 07/16/2013 - 5:12pm | Type: Blog

Jesus said that true justice exceeds that of “the scribes and Pharisees” — and the same could be said of the prosecution and defense. Legal justice seeks only to assign guilt or innocence. Holistic justice wor ...

Re-Imagining Patriotism
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

Somewhere along the way, the idea seeped into our national consciousness that patriotism and political criticism could no longer coexist. I was five years old on Independence Day ...

Leading Toward Freedom
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 8:03am | Type: Blog

Notice how different this is from a superficial notion of freedom, which, all too often, is interpreted as the right to pursue one’s own selfish interests, unencumbered by human conscience and in a way that is ...

Watch the Vote: A Prayer for America
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 1:37pm | Type: Blog

It’s here, God — Election Day in America. Today is the day when Americans everywhere are given the privilege and responsibility to exercise dominion (agency) at the polls. It’s h ...

Religious Groups Join Forces Against Sex Trafficking
Originally Posted: 09/27/2012 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

As a Christian, Lindsey Roberson is on the board of a new faith-based effort called the Centre of Redemption, which is scheduled to open in December to help pregnant teens and teen moms who are also traffickin ...

Muslim Parents Wrestle with Passing on Islamic Values
Originally Posted: 09/24/2012 - 5:02pm | Type: Blog

Muslim immigrants to America frequently worry whether their children will be able to maintain their Islamic identity in a country with a reputation for rampant vice and promiscuity. Many respond by limiting th ...

Taking America Back for God?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2012 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

Yet, as Gregory A. Boyd notes in his important book The Myth of a Christian Nation, taking America BACK for God assumes we were at one really belonged to God, followed God, listened to God. Boyd goes on to ask ...

The America I Love
Originally Posted: 07/24/2012 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

Vignettes from a Midwestern summer baseball game. It’s a hot summer evening in a Midwestern town. The grass is glimmering in the bright lights, contrasting with the brown dirt of ...

Mormons and Patriotism
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

As Americans celebrate the nation’s founding, some Mormons may outdo their neighbors in fireworks, fanfare, and frenzy to express their outsized patriotism. SALT LAKE CITY — As Am ...

Jim Wallis and Gary Bauer on CNN's "State of the Union" Discuss Religion and the 2012 Election
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 5:09am | Type: Blog

On Sunday morning (11/6), Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis appeared on CNN's "State of the Union," with American Values president Gary Bauer and host Candy Crowley to discuss how religion will affect t ...

A Peacemakers Litany
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

Gracious Lord, Gracious Lord, We dream of a world free of poverty and oppression, we yearn for a world free of vengeance and violence, and a nation -- America -- that ...

Why How We Do Anything Means Everything
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

How helps us understand that principled behavior isn't merely something a PR/Corporate Social Responsibility staff or attorneys tell us is important. Rather it is the surest path to success and relevance ...

Is The American Dream God's Dream?
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

Nearly 50 million Americans are currently living below the poverty line (that is $22,000 for a household of four) and half of them are working full time jobs. Edit ...

#OccupySunday: We Are the 100 Percent
Originally Posted: 11/15/2011 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

Any society that will not care for its poor, in effect, prefers its rich. Any society that will not care for its poor, in effect, prefers its rich. It may give power ...

Moving Money: Investing in a New World
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

Nearly a decade ago, we threw a party on Wall Street where we gave away $10,000 outside the Stock Exchange. Nearly a decade ago, we threw a party on Wall Street where we gave away ...

NEWS: Quick Links 2
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

MEDIA MATTERS: REPORT: In Immigration Coverage, Fox Shuns Pro-Immigrant Voices MEDIA MATTERS: REPORT: In Immigration Coverage, Fox Shuns Pro-Immigrant Voices A year ago, N ...

It's Finally Over -- and It Was Wrong
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

My son Jack was born just days before the war in Iraq began. So, for these last eight and a half years, it's been very easy for me to remember how long this horrible conflict has been going on. ...

Andrew Marin answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:35pm | Type: Blog

To me, reclaiming the word evangelical starts with how Christians see their call by Jesus in Matthew 28 as the Great Commission. To me, reclaiming the word evangelical start ...

Farewell to Fred Shuttlesworth, Civil Rights Hero
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, a pioneer and giant of the civil rights movement, died Wednesday at 89. The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, a pioneer and giant of the civil rights m ...

#OccupyWallStreet: Helpful Links
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 7:53am | Type: Blog

We've compiled a list of links where you can learn more about the genesis of the #OccupyWallStreet movement. Quick recap Occupy Wall Street began on Septembe ...

Why Can't Americans Work the Fields?
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 6:58am | Type: Blog

How ironic that for all the protests going on about unemployment these days there is a parallel, if less shrill, debate happening in our agricultural sector involving what to do about a shortage of wo ...

WARNING: No Compassion. Proceed with Caution.
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

In an interview earlier this week with MSNBC's Martin Bashir, economist Jeffrey Sachs laid out some of the issues tackled in his latest book, The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue an ...

Yoga Sabbath: Shabbat Shal-OM.
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

What can you learn from an Israeli Hindu-monk-in-training about peace? As Palestine makes a bid for nationhood status at the United Nations, and Israel and the United States. do what they can to block it, I think back to May 2010, when I wa ...

Meet Lily -- The Hunger Awareness Muppet
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:10am | Type: Blog

This Sunday (Oct. 9) , Sesame Street will introduce a brand-new Muppet character — a magenta-faced, impoverished 7-year-old named Lily who represents one of the 17-million Americans who struggle daily with hun ...

Pat Robertson: I'm Out
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:30am | Type: Blog

Mark your calendars. The Rev. Pat Robertson has announced his ersatz retirement from politics. Robertson, 81, tells the Associated Press that he will no longer offer political endorsements. ...

So, about those "Evangelicals..."
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 6:22pm | Type: Blog

Below is a compilation of recent media reports where the word "evangelical" is invoked. When you read these, evangelical brothers and sisters, do you recognize yourself in how the word is used and de ...

"Pay It Forward": Excerpt from BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith & the Heart of Justin Bieber
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

The idea behind my new book BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith and The Heart of Justin Bieber was to peel back the veneer of celebrity and take a closer look at Justin as a person and as a cultural phenomenon ...

Separation (of Church and State) Anxiety
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Part of a university education is learning how to navigate the complicated and often competing value systems of different social groups. Part of a university education is le ...

A History Lesson for Herman Cain
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Dear Herman, On September 28, you actually called African-Americans "brainwashed" for their support of the Democratic Party. Dear Herman, On September 28, you ...

Kal Penn: Enough with the Cynicism and Disappointment, Time to Re-engage!
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Before I met President Obama, I was always cynically independent when it came to politics. Like a lot of other young people with different views on different issues, I never considered myself to be either a D ...

Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Evangelical author nears the end of her "biblical year" From making her own clothes to praising her husband at the city gate to sleeping outside in a tent for the duration of her period, Rachel Held ...

Western Christians Should Support a Palestinian Statehood
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Late last week Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke at the United Nations to request an official recognition of Palestine as an independent state with full statehood status at the UN. ...

The Hard Cases
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

The same evening as Troy Davis was killed by the state of Georgia, Lawrence Brewer was killed by the state of Texas. The same evening as Troy Davis was killed by the state o ...

Voices from the Web (and World): Responses to the Troy Davis Execution
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"Continuing a cycle of violence through state-sanctioned actions does not bring justice but only creates a culture of death and retribution. " Continuing a cycle of vi ...

Did Someone Say "Class Warfare"?
Originally Posted: 10/03/2011 - 2:04pm | Type: Blog

In his column Thursday, Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis took on "class warfare," calling it the "hot topic" of the week here in Washington, D.C. Wallis said: In hi ...

God and Class Warfare
Originally Posted: 09/27/2011 - 10:30pm | Type: Blog

The hot phrase in Washington, D.C., this week is "class warfare." The hot phrase in Washington, D.C., this week is "class warfare." Paul Ryan, John Boehner ...

Too Poor to Die?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Every time I think I've exhausted my outrage capacity, I see something new to refuel it. Every time I think I've exhausted my outrage capacity, I see something n ...

Surprised by Joy on 9/11/11
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"[Music] is no invention of ours: it is a gift of God. I place it next to theology. Satan hates music: he knows how it drives the evil spirit out of us." -- Martin Luther ...

Obama on Jobs Act: 'They don't have the luxury of waiting 14 months.'
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

First, here's the transcript portion of the last five minutes of President Obama's speech where he really got his preach on: First, here's the t ...

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 ...