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Nuns, Paddy Wagons, and the Dags Will Inherit The Earth
Originally Posted: 05/19/2014 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

On Monday a nun was arrested here in Australia. That’s right, a nun. She was one of a crowd of Christian leaders who engaged in nonviolent sit-ins at the electorate offices of Bill Shorten and Tony Abbott. Thi ...

A Crash Course: Australia, Refugees, and the Politics of Jesus
Originally Posted: 04/08/2014 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

The church in Australia is showing signs of being a Calvary-like-love political alternative when it comes to refugees. Here’s a crash course to understand what’s happening in Aust ...

Australia's Hillsong Church Exports Its Influence Through Praise and Preaching
Originally Posted: 11/05/2013 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

The ubiquitous praise song “Shout to the Lord” can be found in many churches across the U.S. on any given Sunday. The ubiquitous praise song “Shout to the Lord” can be found in ma ...

Making Love Practical
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

In the Australian city where I live, there is a housing crisis. Only 2 percent of rental properties are vacant. The mining boom has seen a huge increase in the number of renters and this additional competition has left parties outbidding each other t ...

Young Pastor at the Forefront of Social Change in Australia
Originally Posted: 05/18/2012 - 9:26am | Type: Blog

Young pastor Jarrod McKenna describes it as “rolling up our sleeves and just getting on with the practical work of loving our neighbors.” He’s been arrested more times than he ca ...

Christians and Climate Change: What Would MLK Do?
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 4:53pm | Type: Blog

The legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the reality of climate change are both victims of western culture’s remarkable capacity to accommodate and neutralize that which is most critical of it. ...

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 ...

How Long Do You Spend in the Shower?
Originally Posted: 07/29/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Many of us not only shower too frequently (there is evidence that suggests that daily showers are not always good for us), but many of us also spend far too long in the shower. Ac ...

How To Prepare for Turbulent Times
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Change happens in our lives whether we like it or not so we must learn how to mold our lives so that we bend, rather than break, in the midst of change. Change happens in our live ...

Remembering the Real, Radical Martin Luther King
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

"I had no idea Martin Luther King was a radical!" These shocked words were spoken to me this weekend after an activist training I'd been running in Sydney. "I ...

How To Talk With Climate Change Skeptics
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The reasons for raising doubts about the human causes of global warming, explains <em>Skeptical Science's</em> John Cook, are often political rather than scientific. ...

Will Gaddafi Fall?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

For the tenth day in a row, protesters in Libya took to the streets today, despite the use of far more violence from the state than what happened during Egypt's recent uprising.</p> ...

Friday Links Round Up: Dutch Winter. Chinese Mothers. Martin Luther King Jr.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Dutch Winter. Chinese Mothers. Martin Luther King Jr. Here's a little round up of links from around the web you may have missed this week:</p> Dutch Winter. Chinese Mot ...

Have Yourself a Revolutionary Christmas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Many of us are asking how we can "un-co-opt Christmas" from consumer culture. Asking questions like:</p> Many of us are asking how we can "un-co-opt Christmas ...

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 ...

Stanley Hauerwas on Glenn Beck and More
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

What do Cornel West, Rita Nakashima Brock, Carol Rose, and Onleilove Alston have in common? What do Cornel West, Rita Nakashima Brock, Carol Rose, and Onleilove Alston have in com ...

Interview: Jim Wallis Reaches Out to Glenn Beck Down Under
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I'm impressed by several things. One being people who love well and whose presence disarms in such a way that others can be received as they are. I'm impressed by severa ...

The 'Sacrifice Trap' of War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The last month has seen six Australian soldiers killed in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/afghanistan/">Afghanistan</a>, bringing Australia's total to 17. ...

A Salvation Army for the Earth
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This video from "Just Salvos Live" is a great initiative from the Salvation Army in Australia that intros young peeps to some of the issues that surround how climate change affects the poorest of p ...

Vandana Shiva: Gandhi, MLK, and the Way of Jesus in the Obama Administration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

God gets at us in the funniest of ways. Just this week the Spirit stirred in me while reading an interview with one of my heroes, Vandana Shiva. The reporter from <em>YES! G ...

'No Stranger to Danger': RIP Quaker, Lawyer, Indigenous Peace Warrior Waratah
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Sad news for so many of us in the peace and human rights movement this morning to hear our friend Waratah Rose Gillespie has passed away. Sad news for so many of us in the peace a ...

Cosmic Child Abuse?: Mark Driscoll, N.T. Wright and Atonement that does Jesus Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

British Evangelist Steve Chalke upset a lot of evangelicals of a reformed bent with two little paragraphs in (his book that has so much worth reading in it beyond what has got all the attention) <a ...

A Generation Making Poverty Personal
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p> "My father was born by a river bed and left to die. My mother grew up in extreme poverty. They made it. I am their story, they inspire me!" These are the words of my new friend Rudo, an ama ...

Fight or Die: How to Lose Friends and Irritate People
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>This video clip by <a href="http://www.theworkofthepeople.com/">The Work of The People</a> is going to upset a lot of people.</p> This video c ...

This Is What the Emerging Church Looks Like?
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.sojo.n ...

'Christian' Militias and Tavis Smiley's MLK Documentary
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Many are wondering of what to make of the shameful association of the word "Christian" with "militia." Understandably, with Christianity being associated with something so anti-Jesus, one m ...

A Major Victory for the Peace Movement Down Under
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

Through tears I write this post as breaking news of the Waihopai Plowshares activists have been found by a New Zealand jury "NOT GUILTY!"</p> Through tears I write ...

Audio: Social Justice on Australian Christian Radio
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Question: How would America's largest mainstream Christian radio stations respond to issues of social justice for the poorest of poor, climate change, and nonviolence? Questi ...

Easy Hate, Hard Love, Cornel West, and Barack Obama
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Martin Luther King Jr. reminds us, "<a href="http://74.125.153.132/quotation/hatred_paralyses_life-love_releases_it-hatred/146458.html">Hatred paralyses life; love releases it. ...

South Park, Eco-Prophets, and Whale Wars
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

<em>South Park</em> famously set up how the <a href="http://www.seashepherd.org/">Sea Shepherd Conservation Society</a> is "branded" as a group of "hardcore-any ...

An Activism that Loves its Enemies
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Sad news from Sydney as a headline for the ABC read, "<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/11/10/2738383.htm">Abusive letter suspect 'a peace activist'</a>" ...

Interfaith Interaction at Parliament of the World's Religions
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I recently returned from 8 days in Melbourne Australia where I attended the 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions. I recently returned from 8 days in Melbourne Australia w ...

Copenhagen's Train Wreck: Neither Ambitious, Fair, nor Binding
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

In cold, sleeplessness and utter frustration, Copenhagen's delegates witnessed a depressing conclusion of the glacial-speed negotiations on climate change. In cold, sleepless ...

Video from Copenhagen: Worshipping and Marching with Desmond Tutu
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>A report from the cathedral where Desmond Tutu spoke, and a section from Tutu's speech to the crowd that marched through Copenhagen:</p> <p> Tim Costello is the CEO of World Vision Au ...

A Day to Pray in Copenhagen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Sunday was officially a day of rest for delegates at Copenhagen who took a break from the Bella Centre.</p> Sunday was officially a day of rest for delegates at Copenhagen w ...

Copenhagen: Three Global Factions and a Volatile Mix of Hope and Despair
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

In search of a global ethic and political will, in freezing weather and the most dispiriting cavernous building under cold grey Copenhagen skies, this search by 34,000 people with 3500 press observ ...

Climate Justice Clips: Burning for Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

As we reflect on the current economic crisis and the Copenhagen Climate Summit, I'm reminded of the documentary <a href="http://www.theburningseasonmovie.com"><em>The Burning Season& ...

Climate Justice Clips: The Real Conspiracy at Copenhagen
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>"This is analogous to the indulgences that the Catholic Church sold in the middle ages. The bishops collected lots of money and the sinners got redemption. Both parties liked that arrangement des ...

Climate Justice Clips: Countdown to Copenhagen, Day 6
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This clip gave an Aussie kid like me who grew up on Midnight Oil goose bumps (embarrassingly I cried despite the cringe factor) and was very popular with students in our workshops because of the big n ...

Climate Justice Clips: Countdown to Copenhagen, Day 7
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This year alone, <a href="https://suwa.org.au/epyc">EPYC</a> has run nonviolent climate justice workshops with more than 8,000 young people (most with little or no contact with C ...

Thanking the Refugee (The Plank in Australia's Eye, Part 2)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/11/09/the-plank-in-australias-eye/">[continued from part 1]</a> Philosopher Emmanuel Levinas reminds us that "the other" is not an object for ...

The Plank in Australia's Eye
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"F%*# OFF! WE'RE FULL!" read the bumper sticker I saw this morning, written within the outline of the Australian continent. "F%*# OFF! WE'RE FULL!" r ...

The Dark Side of Development
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Development is a word full of hope. It brings to mind water pumps and rice banks, bridges and education, smiling children and sky-scraping financial institutions. Yet there is a dark side to developme ...

A Prime Minister's Conscience is Pricked
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Only God would open up an opportunity for a Catholic from San Francisco to speak prophetically to the Prime Minister of Australia, at the Anglican Centre in Rome, on behalf of Cambodians about to lose ...

Should We Tolerate Legalized Prostitution?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

This week has been eventful in Australia. This week has been eventful in Australia. At the launch of The Salvation Army's Red Shield Appeal -- a new fund-raising initiative - ...

God is Not [and has never been] White: Biblical Post-colonial Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"The Bible knows nothing about peace without justice," said that great prophet of joyful restorative justice, Desmond Tutu, when he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.</p> ...

Mark Driscoll, St. Francis, and the Megachurch
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I rarely agree with Mark Driscoll. Yet he points to something when he said:</p> I rarely agree with Mark Driscoll. Yet he points to something when he said: This genera ...

G-20 Recap: Global Economics Cannot Be a Values-Free Zone
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The group of 20 leading and emerging nations met at the Excel Centre in London's Docklands last week in a meeting which Gordon Brown heralded as the dawning of a new world order. ...

Australia's Wildfires: It Is Well?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It has been described as the worst disaster in Victoria's history. Saturday was the hottest day ever recorded in the Melbourne region, following years of drought and weeks of heat wave conditions. ...

Jesus and Justice Always Kiss: A Plea to Youth Pastors Making Out with Empire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

That U.S. megaphone of amazing grace, Shane Claiborne, was recently moved to tears after witnessing a youth gathering in Australia. That U.S. megaphone of amazing grace, Shane Cla ...