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Join Us in Signing the Peace and Civility Pledge
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://go.sojo.net/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&amp;id=373" target="_blank"></a>The horrible shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and others is ...

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords: Speaking for the Soul
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The Sunday after <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/martin-luther-king-jr/" target="_blank">Martin Luther Kin</a><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/martin-luther-king-jr/& ...

Palestinians Protest Death of Nonviolent Activist
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://wagingnonviolence.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Jawaher-Abu-Rahmah.jpg"></a>For nearly six years, the Palestinian residents of the West Bank village of Bil' ...

Where is my Mother? The Injustice of a Broken Immigration System
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Maria, 7, and Lupe, 3, are our next-door neighbors. For some reason, they have decided they like coming to our house. I'm not exactly sure why, we have nothing that I would consider appealing to ...

Light in the Midst of the Darkest Night
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Sometimes, a friend can send just the right email at just the right time. Sometimes, a friend can send just the right email at just the right time. A message that is meant for a p ...

Waiting for Love in a Tea Party World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Last week I sat at a breakfast table with prominent New York City faith leaders. The topic of the morning was: "In this post-election moment, what issues are you passionate about? ...

This Advent, What Are You Waiting For?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

We Americans hate to wait. Whatever we want, we want it now. Pay-per-view. One-click shopping. Smart phones. Drive-through restaurants. We Americans hate to wait. Whatever we wan ...

The DREAM Act is Not Amnesty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As members of Congress debate the DREAM Act once again, opponents of the act are again attacking the legislation as "<a href="http://seeingredaz.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/backdoor-amnesty-dream-act ...

My Favorite Simple Cooking Recipe Books
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As Valerie Weaver- Zercher writes in "<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1012&amp;article=simple-living-becomes-sexy" target="_blank" ...

A Letter To My Son: Welcome to the In-Between
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This is a letter to my son that I am not sure he will understand now, but it is one that I hope he will look back upon to give clarity to some moments of confusion and exclusion. ...

Middle East Martyr-Christians
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

One of the most precious artifacts I have in my office isn't an ancient coin or oil lamp. It is a business card. From northern Iraq.</p> One of the most precious artifa ...

The World Cup, BBC, and Corruption
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

As an Australian with great love for my adopted home in London, I have been following with interest the <a href="http://www.england2018bid.com/" target="_blank">bid by England to host ...

What Does God Think of Economic Equality?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In American evangelical circles, there's an idea that goes something like this: progressive taxation = socialism, and <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/socialism/" target="_blank"&g ...

Speaking Christian with Marcus Borg
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong>: As part of Sojourners' commitment to bring you into discussion with a broad range of theological perspectives, writer Becky Garrison offers this ...

For the DREAMers, The Waiting Must End Today
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In this <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/advent/" target="_blank">season of Advent</a>, we in our Christian churches speak often about how this is a time of waiting and prepara ...

Another Advent of 'Waiting' for Undocumented Students
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This Advent season, "waiting" has new meaning for hundreds of thousands of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/undocumented/" target="_blank">undocumented immigrant students&l ...

The Testimony of One North Korean Girl
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/12/01/the-testimony-of-one-north-korean-girl/" target="_blank"></a>You need to watch this. In fact, you must watch this. Please watch ...

WikiLeaks: Historian's Dream, Diplomat's Nightmare
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This past Sunday and Monday the news media published their first summaries of the documents they received from WikiLeaks which contained more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables. ...

Thanksgiving Alone is Not Lonely
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

It had been a busy semester and the Tuesday before Thanksgiving I arrived back home from an exhausting American Academy of Religion meeting. It had been a busy semester and the Tu ...

Preaching on Truth and Conscience
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/conscientious-objection/" target="_blank"></a>This series written by Logan Mehl-Laituri for God's Politics focuses on selective c ...

What We Need is More Killing!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Now, let me see if I have this right. Real men kill, maim, and inflict destruction. Saving lives and rescuing those in harm's way is, well, feminine. Now, let me see if I ha ...

This Veterans Day, Honor the Consciences of Our Veterans
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Today, on Armistice Day, 18 American military vets will commit suicide. Today, on Armistice Day, 18 American military vets will commit suicide. This weekend, military veterans are ...

'Daisy Girl' is Still Counting: A Push for START Ratification
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/11/08/daisy-girl-is-still-counting-a-push-for-start-ratification/" target="_blank"></a>As someone who watched Lyndon Johnson's 1 ...

Political Games in Dead-Serious Times
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Some brief observations on the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/elections/" target="_blank">2010 election season</a> which, thankfully, has come to an end:</p> ...

Who's Holding Back U.S. Aid to Haiti?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

On Friday, September 24, at 3 p.m. a violent and terrifying storm erupted over <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/haiti/" target="_blank">Port-au-Prince, Haiti</a>. ...

The Poverty Measure: Why It's Outdated, and Why It's Important
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong> </strong></p> "The poor quality of our official poverty statistics should be a matter of pressing national concern. America deserves bett ...

Poverty is Not a Dirty Word
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Just a few years ago, I remember how often people would be surprised when I told them that one in six children lived in poverty in America. Just a few years ago, I remember how of ...

The Plowshares 8: Thirty Years On
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

While imprisoned after his 1967 <a href="http://www.jonahhouse.org/pics67-73.htm">Baltimore 4 action</a>, Philip Berrigan, in his <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/produ ...

Glenn Beck: Does He Really Matter?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the course of our <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/glenn-beck/">various responses</a> and<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.contents&amp;issue=soj1009& ...

Flipped: A Film Review
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100908-flipped.jpg"></a>A lot of contemporary movies picture American suburban life as banal, hypocritical, and morally bankrupt -- a deceitf ...

Angel Island: History Repeats Itself
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em><strong>Editor's Note</strong></em><em>: This statement was delivered at an interfaith prayer vigil at the U.S. Editor's Note ...

A Commentary on Caring for the Unemployed
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

One of my Saturday morning rituals is to listen to NPR's Weekend Edition, hosted by my friend Scott Simon, during my morning work out. One of my Saturday morning rituals is t ...

Faith in the Park51 Muslim Community Center
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Faith cannot exist without doubt. The lack of certainty enables us to engage in the holy, human endeavor of believing when we do not have empirical proof. Faith cannot exist witho ...

Creating Liberated Spaces in a Post Colonial World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Emergent Village will be hosting its annual Theological Conversation this year in Atlanta, GA from Nov. Emergent Village will be hosting its annual Theological Convers ...

Refracting America Through 9/11 Lens
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"Nazis don't have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust Museum in Washington," said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. "Nazis don't have the r ...

Are Christians the Only Children of God?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the film "Dead Man Walking", shortly before Matthew Poncelet (played by Sean Penn) is executed, there's a scene where Poncelet confesses his crime of rape and murder. ...

A Different Idea for Ground Zero
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Here's an idea for people who are unhappy about having an Islamic Center near the site of the World Trade Center, especially if those people are Bible-believing Christians and/or defenders of the U ...

The Legacy of Martin Luther King: Making Real the Promises of Democracy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong>[<em>Editor's Note<span style="font-weight: normal;">: In anticipation of the anniversary of the March on Washington on August 28, 1963, God's Politics will featur ...

The Best Part of Wanting to Change the World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I'm thankful that God rarely answers our constant requests wanting to know the future.</p> <p>Why?</p> I'm thankful that God rarely answers our constan ...

Seeking Peace Among the Peoples
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last weekend, Christian leaders and lay persons from all walks of life and just about every denominational body came together for the <a href="http://www.peace2010.net/">Peace Among the Peoples ...

Who Wins When the U.S. Restricts Religious Freedom?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

There is one thing the opponents of the Cordoba Initiative (that plans to build an Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero) have in common with the Cordoba Initiative's leadership: their clear con ...

Our Response to Immigrants: A Blaring Horn or a Beautiful Song?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"I'm against you guys." A middle-aged man from Cincinnati proudly wearing an American flag on his T-shirt defiantly uttered these words to me a few weeks ago in Columbus, Ohio. ...

Religious Freedom and the Mosque and Community Center
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In a unanimous vote yesterday New York City's historic landmarks commission voted to withhold historic protection from the downtown building slated to become a Muslim community center (called Park5 ...

The Immoral Impediments to Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

One day I'd love to understand why conservatives seem so good at public relations, while liberals, at ridicule. One day I'd love to understand why conservatives seem so ...

The Parable of Shirley Sherrod
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The Shirley Sherrod <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/07/21/agriculture.employee.usda/index.html" target="_blank">incident</a>, the latest stumble in our nation's c ...

Wikileaking Afghanistan: Disaster Is Not a Good Thing, But Knowing About It Is
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100728-wikileaks.jpg"></a>It's out: An enormous trove of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/27/wikileaks-truth-tellers-and-a- ...

A Republican Pastor for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

My name is Rev. Gary Wiley, pastor of justice and care at Trinity Grace Church in New York City. I am an evangelical Christian. My name is Rev. Gary Wiley, pastor of justice and c ...

11 Women Writers You Should Be Reading
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Here are some of my favorite women writers of spirituality and theology in no particular order with short comments on why I recommend them.</p> Here are some of my favorite ...

Why Christianity and July 4th are Incompatible
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I want to start out this post with two huge disclaimers: What I am about to write may sound radical or irrational to some. I want to start out this post with two huge disclaimers: ...

Time for Some Angry Work
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I'd say Barack Obama's long and often tenuous honeymoon with progressive Americans took what looks like a lethal blow in spring 2010. I'd say Barack Obama's lo ...