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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 ...

One Dress Protest: How I Found Freedom in Prison
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Last Saturday, August 20, 2011, I got arrested. Having never been arrested before, it feels strange to write that. Last Saturday, August 20, 2011, I got arrested. Having never be ...

Libya's Revolution: A Model for the Region?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Recent analyses of the Arab Spring have questioned the efficacy of nonviolent resistance compared to armed struggle in ousting authoritarian regimes. Recent analyses of the Arab ...

Missing Servant Leaders on Corporate Tax Responsibility
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

We're sorely missing the servant leadership of America's CEOs on matters of corporate taxation. We're sorely missing the servant leadership of America's CEOs o ...

A Lifestyle of Enough
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

About two years ago, Minhee and I made one of the hardest decisions we've made thus far in our marriage and in our calling as parents. About two years ago, Minhee and I made ...

Tavis Smiley and Cornel West's 'Poverty Tour'
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Broadcaster Tavis Smiley and Princeton professor Cornel West just wrapped up their 18-city "Poverty Tour." The aim of their trip, which traversed through Wisconsin, Detroit, Washington, D.C., and th ...

Deaths in Afghanistan: Robbing the World of Human Possibilities
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I hate war. I do not hate it because people die. Death is inescapable. And believers believe that we will meet those we love again in heaven. I hate war. I do not hate it because ...

Mandatory E-Verify: Immoral and Bad Business
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I admit it: A few years back, when I first heard about the E-Verify program, I thought it sounded reasonable. The program was described to me as a way for employers to voluntarily verify the U.S. ...

Alabama Clergy Sue to Stop Anti-Immigrant Law
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

When the Alabama legislature passed their infamous, anti-immigrant law (HB 56), the religious community in the state immediately cried foul. When the Alabama legislature passed th ...

The Moral Default
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The debate we have just witnessed has shown Washington, D.C. to be not just broken, but corrupt. The debate we have just witnessed has shown Washington, D.C. to be not just broken ...

Hidden Battles: A Story of Five Former Soldiers
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Hidden Battles is a 65-minute documentary which follows a female Sandinista rebel, an Israeli officer, a Palestinian freedom fighter, and two American soldiers as they come to terms with their combat ...

Les Mis
Originally Posted: 01/11/2012 - 8:44am | Type: Blog

I prefer my revolutions to be simple: A corrupt dictator/tyrant, an oppressed population, inspired reformers who risk their lives, calls for democracy, waves of marchers in the streets, background mus ...

It's Time For Us to Grow Up and Sacrifice
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The other day the mail brought an advertisement for something I desperately need (or so the ad suggested). If I ordered it right now, the ad said, I would save a hefty percentage off the usual price. ...

Saying Goodbye to Uncle John: My Memories of John Stott
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

John Stott died this Wednesday. He was 90 years old. John Stott died this Wednesday. He was 90 years old. What many people don't understand is that he was the most influentia ...

Migrant Workers and The Grapes of Wrath Revisited
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

When John Steinbeck's classic novel The Grapes of Wrath was published in 1939, it caused a sensation. It won the Pulitzer Prize and was the best-selling novel of the year. Wh ...

Solomon's Wisdom and the Debt Ceiling
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

As the time shortens for Congress and President Obama to agree to the contours of legislation to raise the nation's debt ceiling, I am reminded of the story of King Solomon and his judgment regarding ...

What's in a Name?: Campus Crusade for Christ Becomes 'Cru'
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Shakespeare said a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Maybe, but a Stink Rose by any other name (say... garlic?) might get more play. Shakespeare said a rose by any othe ...

Is a Boycott of Murdoch and News Corp. Possible?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

With the scandal around Rupert Murdoch growing by the day, a full-fledged boycott of News Corp. has been launched on the internet, according to the Washington Post. With the ...

Afghan Exchange Students Flee to Canada
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

[Editors' note: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly blog about issues in Afghanistan to educate our readers about the latest news and developments rel ...

Why We Need to Cut Wasteful Defense Spending in the United States
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

It's funny the things that you remember. I can remember one time when I was a teenager watching an episode of the Montel Williams show. It's funny the things that you re ...

A Sermon on My Alcohol Addiction, the Tyranny of the Will, and Romans 7
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2004 Phil Whitehouse | more info (via: Wylio)Even I can't help admitting that there is a bunch of stuff in the Bible that's hard to relate to. ...

A Moral Budget: Politics, Policies, and People
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Several weeks ago (right before I left for my sabbatical), I joined with six other pastors from around the country -- in partnership with Sojourners -- to draft an open letter to Congress and Preside ...

Betty Ford and the Trials and Blessings of Life
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Life is hard. It is full of pain, disappointments, and challenges of every kind. When hard times come our way, we often ask, Why me? And the answer comes: Why not you? Life is har ...

Harry Potter, the Deathly Hallows, and Mobilizing Kids for Social Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/07/13/harry-potter-the-deathly-hallows-and-mobilizing-kids-for-social-justice/" target="_self"></a>Seeking justice for the oppressed. ...

Choosing Between Ayn Rand and Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 2:09pm | Type: Blog

Onkar Ghate presents a choice of competing moralities between Ayn Rand and Jesus. In one of the most-viewed articles on FoxNews.com several weeks ago, writer Onkar Ghate prese ...

Is Glenn Beck's Departure the Beginning of the End for Fox News?
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

If you haven't noticed, Glenn Beck -- the vitriolic voice of "reason" and "values" for Fox News -- is gone. If you haven't noticed, Glenn Beck -- the ...

Enough Activists, But Not Enough Convergence: An Interview With James Lawson
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Over lunch last week, during the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict's <a href="http://www.nonviolent-conflict.org/index.php/learning-and-resources/educational-initiatives/fletche ...

Paid Leave: Why We Need Sabbath Rest for All
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:59am | Type: Blog

As I celebrated my freedom on Independence Day, I found myself considering the promise that my country boasts about: "liberty and justice for all." In particular I was struck by the many freedoms uni ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: David Cameron. Fighting Shifts. Soldiers.
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:22am | Type: Blog

As part of Sojourners&#39; campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our readers about the latest news and developments related to the war, the U.S. mi ...

Friday Links Round Up: Moldy Toast. Carp Attack. E-Verify.
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 9:55am | Type: Blog

Moldy Toast. Carp Attack. E-Verify. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week. Moldy Toast. Carp Attack. E-Verify. Here's a lit ...

The Keystone XL Pipeline: Game Over For the Climate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

We need you. We need you. In late August -- from the 20th to Labor Day weekend -- some of us are mounting what may turn into the largest-scale use of civil disobedience yet around ...

Would I Risk as Much as the Dreamers?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The youngest person in a crowd of teenagers and young adults at the Dream Act Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on Tuesday was an 8-year-old girl. The youngest person in a cro ...

Aid, Not War in Afghanistan: An Open Letter From Religious Leaders to President Obama
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/soj11031.jpg"></a>Dear Mr. President,</p> Dear Mr. President, As your target date to begin U.S. ...

The Infuriating, Scary, and Ironic Inside Job
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Matt Damon's closing words in the Academy Award winning film, <em><a href="http://www.sonyclassics.com/insidejob/" target="_blank">Inside Job</a>, </em>are as f ...

News Flash Paul Ryan: This is Mass Unemployment, Not a Siesta
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In the past two years, the social safety net has helped more Americans than any time in a generation. So why are so many people trying to tear it to shreds?</p> In the past ...

The Highest Calling: Being a Dad
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday was Father's Day. As a favor to a dear friend, I did a speaking event on Saturday night away from home, and planned on returning very early in the morning for Sunday and Father's Day. ...

The Ugliest Word in the English Language: Fracking
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I think I know the ugliest word in the English language -- a neologism, actually, coined to describe the technique for pumping liquid at high pressure into rock to open up cracks so that natural ga ...

What Do People of Faith Have To Say About Torture?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:52pm | Type: Blog

In 1998, when former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan announced June 26 as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, he stated, "This is a day on which we pay our respects to those who have ...

Wanted: 1,000 Pastors For the Poor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:53pm | Type: Blog

We are looking for 1,000 pastors to debunk a myth based on the political assertion that government doesn't have any responsibility to poor people. We are looking for 1,000 p ...

Is Revivalist Spirituality Still Relevant Today?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I made my first trip to the <a href="http://www.greenbelt.org.uk/" target="_blank">Greenbelt Festival</a> in the UK last summer. I made my first tr ...

My Search for the Truth About the Middle East
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In 2008, as I heard the increasing public rhetoric of hostility emanating from the Middle East, I found myself wondering what Jesus would say and do if he were here in the flesh today. ...

Acedia and the Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I was at the pool with the kids recently and couldn't help but overhear a very loud and opinionated conversation happening near me. I was at the pool with the kids recently a ...

Should We Seek Our Dreams or God's Will?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

When young people graduate, they're often told to follow their dreams. Change the world. After all, the sky's the limit. When young people graduate, they're often t ...

What Men and Women Lose Under Complementarianism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Any discussion of shared authority and responsibility between men and women must start with the importance Jesus placed on unity among his followers. Any discussion of shared auth ...

How Peer Pressure Creates Social Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

People are rarely swayed by information alone. People are rarely swayed by information alone. If they were, the cigarette industry would have collapsed when the first Surgeon Gene ...

An Alternative to Abortion: Imagine the Story We Can Live Out
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

After my <a href="http://eugenecho.wordpress.com/2011/05/21/rapture/" target="_blank">recent intense post about the rapture</a> that has come and gone, I thought I'd write ...

We Won't Self-Examine, McDonald's Tells Nuns
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

Two weeks ago, McDonald's shareholders voted down a shareholder resolution asking the corporation to study how its advertising to children contributes to widespread childhood obesity. ...

Friday Links Round Up: School Lunch. Commencement. Women.
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

School Lunch. Commencement. Women. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week. Here’s a little round up of links from around the Web ...

The Meaning of America: President Obama's Address to Parliament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Biblical wisdom teaches: "it has not yet been revealed what we shall be." Such is the case with every child, every grandchild, and great grandchild -- those we know and those we will never meet. ...

Why People of Color Should Attend the Wild Goose Festival
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This June, I plan to attend the Wild Goose Festival, an arts, music, justice, and spirituality festival in Shakori Hills, North Carolina. My appeal to you is simple. This June, I ...