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Remembering 'Uncle Vincent'
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Vincent's warmth lifted the temperatures of those around him. I SAT MY two boys down the nigh ...

Barack Obama, 'A Bear On The Loose,' Breaks Free From White House
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 1:23pm | Type: Press

July 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Meagan Fitzpatrick ...

That Time Obama Showed Up At My Little League Game
Originally Posted: 05/21/2014 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

How do you get your Little League team to get their hitting going? Get a surprise visit before your game from President Barack Obama! Our excited kids won 12-1. How do you get you ...

Immigration Activists Arrested in Civil Disobedience Outside White House
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 4:32pm | Type: Blog

This President’s Day, about 20 church leaders, sympathizers, and undocumented immigrants were arrested in front of the White House as part of an act of civil disobedience to protest the nearly 2 million people ...

Unemployment, the Vote, and Hope
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 8:38pm | Type: Blog

Today’s Senate vote on unemployment benefits brings hope to 1.3 million people who dare to hope every day. It is right and good that we stand with the least — ones who have fallen on hard times — in their time ...

My Unexpected Meeting with the President of the United States
Originally Posted: 12/11/2013 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

Pastor gets a surprise White House invitation to discuss immigration with the president. It was past 10 on a Sunday night in Spokane. The wedding was over and I was sitting in the ...

In Oval Office, Evangelicals Press for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 11/14/2013 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

Speaker of the House John Boehner signaled Wednesday that there would be no immigration reform this year, an announcement made the same day that some of the nation’s most prominent evangelical pastors met with ...

Pope Francis Breathes New Life into Cardinal Bernardin’s Contested Legacy
Originally Posted: 10/25/2013 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

The election of Pope Francis in March heralded a season of surprises for the Catholic Church, but perhaps none so unexpected – and unsettling for conservatives – as the re-emergence of the late Chicago Cardina ...

The Man Behind the President's Devotional
Originally Posted: 10/23/2013 - 10:34am | Type: Press

October 22, 2013 Sojo in the News Paul Raushenbush ...

Aide Shares Bible Devotionals He Sent to President Obama Each Morning
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

President Obama may not attend church most Sundays, but a new book reveals the Bible verses and prayers that he reads every morning. President Obama may not attend church most Sun ...

Old Habits Die Hard
Originally Posted: 10/08/2013 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

My problem is middle age. My shifting body type makes off-the-rack suits too wide in the shoulders and too long. It’s proof that life keeps on changing, and that the way forward must include getting unstuck fr ...

Respond, But How? What We're Missing On Syria
Originally Posted: 09/05/2013 - 1:28pm | Type: Blog

The jump we often make from just causes and moral cases to military actions reveals our dependence on old habits of war as our only response to conflict and injustice. It also reveals our lack of imagination f ...

Dreams of Justice: Syria, Barack Obama, and MLK
Originally Posted: 08/30/2013 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

And so President Barack Obama seems to be ramping up the war machine. Ironically, as he plans for possible military strikes, on Wednesday he delivered a talk honoring the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King ...

WATCH: 50th Anniversary of March on Washington
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 2:38pm | Type: Blog

Watch the live stream here. Do Not Display (Barack Obama, Diversity, God's Politics, John ...

New EPA Leader to Tackle Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

Climate change is expected to take a turn for the better following the Senate's approval of Gina McCarthy to serve as the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Cl ...

Senate Reaches Tentative Deal to Avert Filibuster Showdown
Originally Posted: 07/16/2013 - 1:48pm | Type: Blog

Following Monday’s three hour closed-door caucus, members of the Senate have begun the confirmation process of President Barack Obama’s executive branch nominees, avoiding what the Washington Post calls a &quo ...

White House Pushes Gun Safety
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama is expected to call upon lawmakers and Congress Tuesday as he asks for their support in backing his measures concerning gun safety. President Barack Obama i ...

Clifford Sloan Selected As Guantanamo Closure Envoy By President Obama
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

In an effort to close down the prison at Guantanamo Bay, President Barack Obama has called to action one of Washington’s most resourceful lawyers, Clifford Sloan. In an effort to ...

President Obama Signs VAWA (VIDEO)
Originally Posted: 03/08/2013 - 10:54am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, President Obama signed a reauthorization of the 2013 VAWA act, saying, “All women deserve the right to live free from fear, that’s what today is about.” Yesterday, Pr ...

Rosa Parks Statue Unveiled at Capitol, Celebrated by AME Church
Originally Posted: 02/28/2013 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

A bronze statue of civil rights heroine Rosa Parks was unveiled at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, a day for members of her African Methodist Episcopal Church to celebrate one of their own. ...

Coalition of Christians pushes Congress to protect poor from forced spending cuts
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 2:20pm | Type: Press

February 25, 2013 Sojo in the News Dan Merica ...

21 Immigration Reform Power Players
Originally Posted: 02/25/2013 - 5:50pm | Type: Press

February 22, 2013 Sojo in the News Ted Hesson ...

Changing Poverty Into Opportunity: A Moral Cause To Bring Us Together
Originally Posted: 02/25/2013 - 5:39pm | Type: Press

February 21, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Call and Response: What the President Did This Week
Originally Posted: 02/15/2013 - 4:37pm | Type: Press

February 15, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Call and Response: What the President Did This Week
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

Whoever is willing to protect the poor and vulnerable in our fiscal debates and commit to overcome poverty with new opportunities will find the faith community at their back, at their front, and on both their ...

DuBois Leaving White House Faith-Based Post
Originally Posted: 02/07/2013 - 5:51pm | Type: Blog

Longtime White House aide Joshua DuBois, who heads the White House office focused on the intersection of religion and public policy, will step down on Friday, President Obama announced Thursday. ...

Vatican Welcomes Obama Gun Control Proposal
Originally Posted: 01/23/2013 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

The Vatican applauded President Obama’s gun control proposals. The Vatican applauded President Obama’s gun control proposals. The Vatican continues to appeal for disarmament and m ...

Obama Brings God Into the Climate-Change Fight
Originally Posted: 01/23/2013 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

During his second inaugural address, President Obama reframed protecting the environment as a command from God. During his second inaugural address, President Obama reframed prote ...

Obama, Biden Announce Gun Violence Reduction Plan
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden announced today a comprehensive four-point plan to address gun violence in the wake of mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo. ...

Obama to Use Lincoln, King Bibles for Swearing-In
Originally Posted: 01/11/2013 - 12:30pm | Type: Blog

President Obama will take the oath of office with two Bibles that once belonged to a pair of civil rights icons: Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. WASHINGTON — President ...

Immigration Reform: Is 'Amnesty' a Possibility?
Originally Posted: 01/02/2013 - 1:52pm | Type: Blog

The diverse coalition that re-elected Barak Obama has pushed immigration reform to the top of the 2013 agenda. The diverse coalition that re-elected President Obama has pushed im ...

Obama Plans Push for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 12/10/2012 - 11:54am | Type: Blog

Post-fiscal cliff, Obama sets sights on comprehensive immigration reform. The Los Angeles Times reports: As soon as the confrontation over fiscal policy winds down, t ...

Lincoln, Christ, and America's State of Exception
Originally Posted: 12/05/2012 - 11:31am | Type: Blog

Lincoln’s many triumphs as an Oscar-season contender, its lasting effect is its surprisingly mature meditation on wisdom, freedom, and the necessity of employing the former when granted the latter. ...

Should President Obama reach out to the Catholic bishops?
Originally Posted: 11/14/2012 - 1:11pm | Type: Blog

Fr. Thomas Reese of Georgetown University writes that the U.S. Catholic bishops took a beating druing the election. Thomas J. Reese writes in The Washington Post: ...

Post-Election: Our Hope for the Future
Originally Posted: 11/07/2012 - 12:27pm | Type: Blog

Whether your guy won or whether your guy lost, do any of us believe that politicians or the political process can unite us or solve our nation's deepest troubles (the most serious of which are not economi ...

My (Native) Vote
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

So who am I going to vote for? I am not sure. But fortunately I have a few more hours to figure it out. My early voting ballot is almost complete. I have done my reading, finished ...

God Is Still Not A Republican, Or A Democrat
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

Our efforts appeared to inject some common sense into our nation’s political discourse, but given recent electoral statements and newspaper ads from some conservative Christian leaders, it appears the message ...

Watch the Vote: God Will Part the Waters
Originally Posted: 11/02/2012 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

The deep waters of injustice are rising high and threatening to spill over on Nov. 6. Voters will have to wade through muck and mire to cast faith-filled ballots this year. So, listen up, study up, and get you ...

4 Things We Should Be Talking About Before Nov. 6
Originally Posted: 10/31/2012 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

Poverty. Guns. . Drones. Climate change. Bring up any of those issues and watch the candidates make a quick nod of concern and then scamper away from any specifics As the winds an ...

On Scripture: How to Vote like a Christian
Originally Posted: 10/31/2012 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

No single party or candidate has a monopoly on loving God and neighbor. It seems so easy, doesn’t it? Love God. Love your neighbor. The two greatest commandments encapsulate the ...

Thou Shalt Follow These 10 Commandments for the Presidential Election
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 11:44pm | Type: Blog

Since there’s sure to be drama this week and next following the debates — and each day leading up to Election Day on Nov. 6, and likely some weeks afterward — I thought I’d share with you my 10 Commandments of ...

On Muppets and Candidates
Originally Posted: 10/11/2012 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

Tripp Hudgins offers his First Thoughts about the presidential and vice presidential debates. Editor's Note: Theologian extraordinnaire Tripp Hudgins put together ...

We’ve Got Issues
Originally Posted: 10/11/2012 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

Think and pray about whom, you would entrust with the responsibility to lead your community, state, and nation. If you care about having a substantive conversation about is ...

Campaigns’ Faith Outreach Centers on Economy
Originally Posted: 10/08/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

With voters focused intently on pocketbook issues, both Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are framing their faith-outreach efforts around the economy as the presidential campaign enters its final weeks. ...

What Was Really Said at the Debate?
Originally Posted: 10/04/2012 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

Despite all the arguing there was much left unsaid by President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney at Wednesday night's debate. Last night millions of Americans watched the fi ...

Priorities of the First Presidential Debate: Q & A with Marianne Williamson
Originally Posted: 10/03/2012 - 7:29pm | Type: Blog

Marianne Williamson, a bestselling author and convener of the upcoming Sister Giant conference on women and politics, has called on President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney to address “a meaningful arra ...

Why Our Presidential Candidates Need a Manicure
Originally Posted: 09/26/2012 - 8:26am | Type: Blog

Our presidential candidates could also benefit from an appointment at Pretty Nail Salon, to listen to the local narratives and deepen their understanding of how social policy is affecting the lives of the urba ...

White Working Class Voters Still Looking for a Candidate, Still Religious
Originally Posted: 09/21/2012 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

The white working class, a potentially rich bloc of voters for Republicans or Democrats, hasn’t settled on Mitt Romney or President Barack Obama, a new study from the Public Religion Research Institute shows. ...

We Asked; They Answered: Obama, Romney on Poverty
Originally Posted: 09/13/2012 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

We asked the candidates, what will you do to address the highest numbers of people in poverty in America in almost 50 years—numbers that we learned today are still growing? We believe these messages from the P ...

A Season of Civility in Response to Campaign Incivility
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

Instead of trying to fight fire with more fire, the time has come to practice civility among ourselves as we engage in public life, and as we do so, learn to demand respectfulness from our elected officials, b ...