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New Study Reveals Deepening Racial Wealth Gap
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

One's wealth is determined by the value of one's assets minus one's debt. One's wealth is determined by the value of one's assets minus one's debt. T ...

Why Glenn Beck is a Danger to True Evangelical Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I watched the Glenn Beck show on Fox News yesterday. His topic was how churches that are using the term, "social justice" are misinterpreting scripture in order to spread Marxism. ...

Listeners
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last month, at the height of the media coverage of the most recent sex abuse crisis, Father Francis Clooney, a professor at Harvard Divinity School and Director of the Center for the Study of Wor ...

We are Exiles Who Follow an Alien, Undocumented, Migrant Messiah
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://ryanrodrickbeiler.smugmug.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally-2010/12041094_aXpkQ#855070806_wCQFN"></a>There's a scene in the film <a href= ...

Wall Street, Repent!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

We are all familiar with the famous pop culture image of a street evangelist holding up a sign reading, "Repent, for the end is near!" But repentance is actually a fundamental religious theme, and ...

Ignoble Indifference: Evangelicals, Race, and GLBT Issues
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="../tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>magazine article "<a href="http://www.so ...

In Honor of Civil Rights Leaders Benjamin Hooks and Dorothy Height
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>The world is stubborn. It changes its thinking at a glacial pace. People fear change, and they come to hate what they fear. Powerful interests do not want to lose or to share power. The work of so ...

An Open Letter to the Emergent Church Movement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>article "<a href="http://www ...

On Faith on Glenn Beck, and a Video PSA for Social Justice Christians
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/19/on-faith-on-glenn-beck-and-a-video-psa-for-social-justice-christians/"></a>Last week, The Washington Post's <a href="http:// ...

Putting 'Collateral Murder' in Full Context: Rotten Fruit and the Tree From Which It Fell
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/19/putting-collateral-murder-in-full-context-rotten-fruit-and-the-tree-from-which-it-fell/"></a>Recently, Wikileaks, an online whistleblower ...

Emerging or Converging?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

[<a href="../tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </em>article "<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.c ...

The Oklahoma City Bombing Anniversary and Home-Grown Terrorism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Today, April 19, is the 15<sup>th</sup> anniversary of one of the most heinous acts of domestic terrorism -- the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building -- which killed 168 people, many of th ...

Singing in Exile: An Arizona Church Responds to Immigration Enforcement Action
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Let me first say that neither I, nor Neighborhood Ministries, no ...

Beyond Anti-War: Nonviolence in Our Neighborhoods
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This semester at Princeton Seminary, I am taking a course on War and Christian Conscience. This semester at Princeton Seminary, I am taking a course on War and Christian Conscienc ...

Who Speaks for American Jews?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It's the age-old question. Who can claim to speak for American Jews on Israel?</p> <p>World Jewish Congress president Ron Lauder seems to think he's found the answer. It's him.< ...

Native Americans vs. Nazi Sympathizers: The Bizarre Backstory on Changing an Offensive University Mascot
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

After almost a <a href="http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/157092/group/local%20news/">century</a> of debate and a four-year-long legal battle, the North Dakota Board of Hig ...

Why the Tea Party Movement Should be Anti-War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

What is the Tea Party position on war?</p> What is the Tea Party position on war? While we witness crowds gathering in the name of the Boston Tea Party protest against t ...

Scandal, Secularism, and the Politics of the Catholic Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It is far too easy to blame the highly publicized priestly scandal for the alienation of Catholics in Europe or the United States. It is far too easy to blame the highly publicize ...

A Word of Hope for Immigration Advocates
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> It was a hard week, but I got a word from the Lord and my streng ...

A Darfuri Perspective on Sudan's Dubious Elections
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As a Darfuri, I recognize the fact that this presidential and parliamentary election in Sudan is an important milestone for the implementation of the North-South Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) ...

Justice Stevens Hasn't Moved, the Supreme Court Has
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

There's an old story about a man and his wife driving into town one evening. There's an old story about a man and his wife driving into town one evening. The wife looks ...

Enough Jawboning: A Bold but Hopeful Proposal for Middle East Peace
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#599053392_7PtdJ"></a>There is a biblical story in which Samson used the jawbone of an a ...

The Advent of a New Global Faith Family
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The Grand River flows through Grand Rapids, Mich. with power and peace on its way to Lake Michigan 30 miles west. The Grand River flows through Grand Rapids, Mich. with power and ...

Coal Mines, Potato Salad, and Damn Good People
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The unfolding coal mine disaster in West Virginia has me constantly checking the news for updates on the plight of our fellow Americans who are victims of this latest tragedy.</p> ...

The Inevitable Results of War: Sins as Well as Crimes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The end of Passover is said to mark the anniversary of the moment when Pharaoh's imperial horse-chariot army met disaster in the Red Sea. The end of Passover is said to mark ...

Baseball, Tiger Woods, March Madness, and the American Soul
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I'm not much of a sports person, but I have to admit that April 5 was a remarkable day for sports -- especially sports and religion. I'm not much of a sports person, bu ...

West Virginia Mine Disaster: Mourning in the Mountains
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

There was a lovely reflection in today's <em>NYT</em> by novelist Denise Giardina about the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia. There was a lovely ...

Video of Civilian Deaths in Iraq and America's Culture of Violence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>"C'mon, just let us shoot "C'mon, just let us shoot I wonder what President I wonder what President Eisenhower would have said... ...

Looking at Christ Through Cultural Lenses
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Looking at me, pale-skinned and blonde-haired, you would not know that I come from a diverse background with an African-American great-grandmother and an American-Indian great-grandfather. ...

Jesus and the Klan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I recently viewed an episode of Gangland on The History Channel. This particular show, which documents the rise of the younger members of the Imperial Klan of America (or KKK), really roused my anger. ...

Christian Militias and Litmus Tests
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>I've been told that I am obviously not a Christian because I watch movies. Because I believe women can be pastors. Because I don't take Mass in a Catholic church. Because I've rea ...

'God, is it Okay to Be Afraid Now?'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I gave up fear for Lent. That seemed like a good and perhaps even holy idea at the time. I gave up fear for Lent. That seemed like a good and perhaps even holy idea at the time. ...

'Jesus Never Stopped Being a Faithful Jew'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As we approach the climax of Holy Week, James Carroll offers <a href="http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2010/03/29/preach_peace_in_holy_week/">an appropriate cau ...

Bill To Reject Bipartisanship Receives Broad Bipartisan Support
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Leaders of both parties in the House of Representatives hailed the passage of landmark legislation on Tuesday that rejects bipartisanship once and for all.</p> Le ...

Planting Trees on Good Friday
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

After a hard winter in the Eastern United States, spring offers a resurrection. Particularly here in the Appalachian Bible Belt, we're looking toward Easter.</p> After ...

Our Response to Poverty in the Light of Easter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Why are people poor? Why do they stay poor? What would it take to get them out of poverty? These are major questions that have been heavily debated for a century in our country.</p> ...

'I Am Always Looking Over My Shoulder'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> "I come from a very small town in Mexico, where I was livin ...

The Sin of Usury
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Recently, on the <a href="http://faithandleadership.com/blog">Call &amp; Response blog</a>, <a href="http://faithandleadership.com/blog/02-22-2010/dan-rhodes-congreg ...

Video: More Than 200,000 Rally for Immigration Reform on the National Mall
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

A week has passed since more than 200,000 supporters of immigration reform rallied on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for March FOR America: Change Takes Courage and Faith. ...

Health Care: Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

So my son came home from kindergarten on Friday all ravenous and hungry like he always is. No snacks in school so he is always a raving lunatic looking for a cookie after school. ...

Lent on $2.50 a Day
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>My friend Irene Groot decided to try the <a href="http://livelydust.blogspot.com/2010/02/lenten-experiment-blog.html">Lenten Experiment</a> this year. "I recently sent off ...

Faith Leaders on Immigration: Peaceful, Powerful, and Prophetic
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Immigration-Reform-March-for/11589736_fEmWi#816763105_zEaZz"></a>More than 200,000 people descended on Washington, ...

Escaping from Real Communism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> I have lived in Decorah, Iowa, for 25 years. I graduated from th ...

A Million Christians for Social Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Sometimes, the timing of events seems almost providential.</p> Sometimes, the timing of events seems almost providential. For more than a year, Sojourners has been discu ...

A Real Hero
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> For the last four years I have been living and working in sout ...

What the Heck is 'Social Justice'?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Today I was interviewed by a sociology student who wanted to know more about "social justice." I was happy to talk to her. Today I was interviewed by a sociology student ...

What Catholics Can Teach Glenn Beck About Social Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/24/what-catholics-can-teach-glenn-beck-about-social-justice/"></a>While it's generally not worth spilling any ink over Glenn Beck, his ...

Healing the Nation's Soul with Mutual Respect
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The health-care struggle culminating in Sunday's vote brought out the best and the worst of legislators' and citizens' behavior. The health-care struggle culminatin ...

Ruth Was a Moabite 'Illegal' Immigrant
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Immigration-Reform-March-for/11589736_fEmWi#816811802_XDKLQ"></a>Every once in a while I get an "aha" mom ...

'What Has Helped Me the Most is My Faith'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Alvaro was forced to leave his wife and three children behind in ...