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The Meaning of America: President Obama's Address to Parliament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | 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 - 7:35am | 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 ...

Bernard Hopkins, Donovan McNabb, and Debunking the 'Black Card'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

During a recent interview, professional boxer Bernard Hopkins <a href="http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2011-05-11/bernard-hopkins-says-donovan-mcnabb-not-black-enough-tough-enough" target=&q ...

Overcoming Depression (and Stigma) as an Asian American Woman
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:38pm | Type: Blog

Today is my one-year anniversary on vitamin L, and it's finally time to talk about. Today is my one-year anniversary on vitamin L, and it's finally time to talk about. ...

Newt Gingrich: A Catholic Running Against Islam?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker and high-profile conservative intellectual, announced that he is officially in the running for the Republican nomination for president. New ...

Chipotle Firings: One Story of a Broken Immigration System
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/19/chipotle-firings-one-story-of-a-broken-immigration-system/" target="_self"></a>Just over one month ago, a few dozen fired emplo ...

What Are Your 'Life Giving' Questions?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/18/what-are-your-life-giving-questions/" target="_self"></a>I love what I do, but it's amazing how even that which you do and ...

Worship Songs for a New Generation: 'Hold On to Love'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/17/worship-songs-for-a-new-generation-hold-on-to-love/" target="_self"></a>Much ink has been spilled about the so-called "lov ...

Facebook, Freedom Riders, and Other Lessons in Nonviolent Activism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

By the time Egyptian activists in Tahrir square had ousted Mubarak, I'd read more articles labeling it a "Facebook revolution" than you can wave a shoe at. By the t ...

Claremont Lincoln: The World's First Interreligious University
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

On May 16, 2011, the Claremont School of Theology, located in Claremont, California, announced the receipt of a $50 million naming gift from Joan and David Lincoln that will establish the Claremont ...

Financial Crash Amnesia in the House
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As unemployment brought on by the recession still hovers around 9 percent, most ordinary folk in the U.S. As unemployment brought on by the recession still hovers around 9 percent ...

Friday Links Round Up: Tomatoes. Uganda. Fair Trade.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:36pm | Type: Blog

Tomatoes. Uganda. Fair Trade. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week. Tomatoes. Uganda. Fair Trade. Here's a little round up ...

President Obama and the Economic and Moral Imperatives of Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The world around us is teaming with meaning. Words are lush with meaning. One word can point to many different ideas, emotions, expectations. The world around us is teaming with m ...

Commencing Hubris
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I can appreciate how difficult it must be to craft a good commencement address. The need to avoid well-worn pieties while also offering something of the best-distilled wisdom of the ages. ...

Love Comes First
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I was in the middle of a degree in biblical and theological studies when one of my close friends told me she was gay. She didn't last long at her church after coming out to her small group. ...

One Pastor's Journey to America
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

[<strong>Editors' Note</strong>: <em>This month, Sojourners and Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform will be featuring "The Stories of Immigration" blog series. ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Afghan Mothers. Taliban. Osama bin Laden
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

When the Wicked Perish
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

If I had been in a baseball stadium on Sunday night, I would have been chanting "USA! If I had been in a baseball stadium on Sunday night, I would have been chanting "US ...

Is It Moral to Celebrate a Person's Death?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong>: This post was written in response to a question posed by T</em>he Washington Post's<em> On Faith blog editors: Is it moral to celebr ...

Bin Laden's Gone -- Now Let's End the War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The killing of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/osama-bin-laden/" target="_blank">Osama bin Laden</a> brings partial closure to the long war against al Qaeda. ...

Osama bin Laden: The Death of the 'Madman with a Sword'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The mix of relief and grief displayed by crowds in the streets outside the White House and the Capitol building was a human response to the news that U.S. The mix of relief and gr ...

Are We Closer to Peace After Bin Laden's Death?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100503-whitehouserally1.jpg"></a>The news of Osama bin Laden's death rippled across social networking sites Sunday night. As I scrolled ...

God Bless Donald Trump and the Birthers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

There are times in our faith walk when we pray prayers out of simple obedience. There are times in our faith walk when we pray prayers out of simple obedience. Matthew 5:43-44 ...

Leaders Create Alliance to Defend Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Piercing through the bitter, partisan bickering regarding the nation's budget, an unprecedented and diverse group of Christian leaders announced today the forming of a Circle of Protection agains ...

The Cost of War in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 08/17/2011 - 12:17pm | Type: Media

Jim Wallis Odyssey Networks Video Used Courtesy of Odyssey Networks On April 14th, Jim Wallis attended ...

A Reflection on Easter: Beyond Chocolate and New Bedding to the True Gospel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I've often wondered what people in America think when they actually read the story of Jesus rising from the dead for the first time. I've often wondered what people in A ...

Friday Links Round Up: Monks. Al Franken. Oysters.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:31pm | Type: Blog

Monks. Al Franken. Oysters. Here's a little roundup of links from around the Web you may have missed this week. Monks. Al Franken. Oysters. Here's a little roundup of li ...

Video: Afghan Youth Ask, 'Are There No Other Options Than Killing?'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100419-afghanyouth.jpg"></a>The Afghan Youth for Peace held a candle-lighting prayer vigil to remember all of their family who have died as ...

Experiencing God's Creation, Rain or Shine
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I'm a Midwestern girl coming out of her winter shell this month. Flip flops are lost companions just now crawling out from under beds and hidden closet shelves. I'm a Mi ...

Woe to You, Legislators!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

It is <a href="http://nymag.com/print/?/news/politics/70282/index1.html" target="_blank">reported</a> that Congressman Paul Ryan makes every member of his staff read philosopher ...

What Would Jesus Tax?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

In the face of state and federal budget cuts, many of us have been fasting and contemplating the question: "What would Jesus cut?" In light of tax day, however, we might equally contemplate: "Wh ...

Friday Links Round Up: The One Percent. Dear Fork. Budget Cuts.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

The One Percent. Dear Fork. Budget Cuts. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week. The One Percent. Dear Fork. Budget Cuts. Here� ...

I Am Fasting So People Don't Go Hungry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In the tradition of the church, the season of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/lent/" target="_blank">Lent</a> was observed through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. ...

In the Midst of Fasting, I am so Grateful
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

On day three of my prayer fast, I woke up with the hymn, "I Am So Grateful," which the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ Children's Choir sang beautifully yesterday, running throug ...

Burning Anger and Small-Minded Men
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

"It is not that we burn the Koran with some type of vindictive motive," <a href="http://foxvzw-news.mobile.msn.com/en-us/articles.aspx?aid=42386587&amp;afid=1&amp;pg1=2501" targe ...

Why I am Fasting (Again)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In 1993 -- nearly 20 years ago -- I went on a water only fast to protest the lack of conscience of the U.S. Congress towards hungry people.</p> In 1993 -- nearly 20 years ag ...

The Medicaid Card: A Useless Piece of Plastic?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The other day I saw a quote from <em><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/02/health/policy/02medicaid.html?_r=1&amp;scp=1&amp;sq=NICOLE%20R.%20DARDEAU&amp;st=cse" target=" ...

Martin Luther King and the Spiritual Death of a Nation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Today is the 43rd anniversary of the martyrdom of Martin Luther King Jr. Although I never met him, I value his life and teachings more and more each year.</p> Today is the 4 ...

Why I am Joining the Fast: Global Hunger is Getting Worse
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

After my teenage granddaughter returned recently from a service experience in Uganda, sponsored by American Jewish World Service, she remarked that she would never again say she's "starving" on ...

Why I Do Not Support President Obama's Decision on Libya
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Last evening, President Obama forcefully <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/29/us/politics/29prexy-text.html" target="_blank">defended</a> his decision to launch airstrikes ...

Rethinking Our Approach to Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

It is time for those of us who have been advocating for comprehensive immigration reform to rethink our strategies. It is time for those of us who have been advocating for compreh ...

A Grassroots Call to Tackle Corporate Tax Dodging
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Across the United States, there is a new movement emerging to dramatize the immorality of corporate tax dodging in the face of drastic budget cuts.</p> Across the United Sta ...

Give to Uncle Sam What is Uncle Sam's: Tax Season War Resistance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.warresisters.org/sites/default/files/FY2012piechart-color.pdf" target="_blank"></a>Imagine what would happen if a massive popular movement of ordina ...

Palestinians at Their Worst and Best
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

During the past week we have seen both the worst and the best versions of Palestinian action.</p> During the past week we have seen both the worst and the best versions of P ...

The Scandal and Beauty of Grace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Jesus came to us full of grace and truth (<a href="http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=167387230" target="_blank">John 1</a>). Jesus came to us full of gra ...

Friday Links Round Up: Budget Cuts. King Philip IV. Japan.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/11/friday-links-round-up-budget-cuts-king-philip-iv-japan/" target="_self"></a>Budget Cuts. King Phillip IV. Japan. Here's a ...

The Theological Mistake of the King Hearings
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

There is no doubt, terrorism is real. And there are small groups of terrorists who threaten countless innocents across the world. They are waging a battle on two fronts. There is ...

Opportunity Missed in the U.N. Veto of the Israel Settlement's Resolution
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama's decision to veto the February 18 U.N. President Barack Obama's decision to veto the February 18 U.N. Resolution calling Israel to account for it ...

Report From Afghanistan: The Human Toll of Obama's 'Good War'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/04/a-report-from-afghanistan-the-human-toll-of-obamas-good-war/" target="_self"></a>In December, as the United States entered the ...

Peace Through (Nonviolent) Strength
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

Erica Chenoweth directs Wesleyan University's program on terrorism and insurgency research, which she established in 2008. Erica Chenoweth directs Wesleyan University's ...