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Continuing to 'Run the Race With Perseverance'
Originally Posted: 04/15/2014 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

The tragedy of last year dealt a blow to that fabric, but crucially, it did not rip us apart. In the wake of the marathon bombings we quickly and frequently connected by phone, in person, and through prayer. ...

Tragedy Begets Resilience
Originally Posted: 04/15/2014 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

How would our injured victims respond? Within days, the answer was clear. They would remain resilient. Among the many images of the marathon victims that emerged shortly after th ...

Embracing Life, Letting Our Children Go in the New Year
Originally Posted: 12/27/2013 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

For parents it comes as second nature that we want to protect our children. As they grow into young adulthood, we are confronted often subtly, this time for us much more starkly, that those things they face be ...

Twitter and Tragedy: A Revamped American Religious Experience
Originally Posted: 09/17/2013 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

In the hours and days that followed the Boston Marathon, social media became for me, and many others, a sacred space to share our prayers and words of disbelief. Editor's ...

Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s Burial Angers Va. Muslims
Originally Posted: 05/13/2013 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

Officials and local residents of a rural Virginia county say they’re surprised and angered that the body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was buried in a local cemetery. ...

Tamerlan Tsarnaev Buried in Undisclosed Location
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

An undisclosed community on Wednesday accepted the body of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, which is now “entombed,” according to police in Worcester, Mass. An undisclose ...

Where Are the Christians on Burying Tsarnaev?
Originally Posted: 05/09/2013 - 8:11am | Type: Blog

Soon after the Boston Marathon bombings, local Christian leaders stepped swiftly into the public eye, convening vigils and urging peaceful healing in the wake of senseless violence. But their public voices hav ...

Experiments in Love
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

What would it be like if, instead of responding to violence with vengeance, we, as leaders, imagined ways for love to drive out hate? When I got off the plane at O’Hare Airport in ...

What We Find On Higher Ground
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

Of course the higher ground, the refuge from tragedy, is God’s. People seem to sense that instinctively, regardless of faith tradition. The harder, more humbling realization is that all of it — the flooded pl ...

The Demonization of 'Terrorism'
Originally Posted: 04/26/2013 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

The recent explosions at the Boston Marathon and subsequent media coverage exposed yet again a dangerous trend in U.S. culture: rushing to judgment in labeling and prosecuting crimes, and throwing away long-he ...

Boston Amputees Face Long Spiritual Struggle Ahead
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

For these victims, the path forward involves relearning almost everything, from getting out of bed to getting in a car. Whether they go on to lead satisfying lives depends largely on how they handle the spirit ...

Surprising Our 'Enemies:' What If We Flipped the Script?
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 9:36am | Type: Blog

When our personal, political, and national enemies strike us, they expect us to strike back. That’s been the human script since the foundations of human culture. What if we surprised our enemies and changed th ...

Isolated in America
Originally Posted: 04/23/2013 - 2:27pm | Type: Blog

In feeling isolated, the alleged bomber isn’t alone. Isolation is the new normal in America. I wonder if social isolation — not extremist religion or Chechen roots — explains th ...

Boston Mosque Says Bombing Suspect Had Outbursts But Wasn’t Violent
Originally Posted: 04/23/2013 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

Leaders at the Islamic Society of Boston‘s mosque in Cambridge say Tsarnaev, 26, who died early Friday after a shootout with police, “disagreed with the moderate American-Islamic theology” of the mosque, but t ...

A Man Had Two Sons — Luke 15:11
Originally Posted: 04/22/2013 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

It’s one of the deepest and most enduring themes of the Bible; from Cain and Abel, Isaac and Ishmael, Esau and Jacob, and many more — the two sons, with jealousy, strife, and even murder between them, and almo ...

Muslim Leaders: We Stand Against Terrorism
Originally Posted: 04/19/2013 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

As the manhunt intensified in and around Boston, Muslim leaders convened a press conference Friday to denounce the attacks and to urge the media not to link their faith with violent extremism. ...

Boston Bombings Bring Chaplains into New Ground
Originally Posted: 04/19/2013 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

In a week when Boston hospitals cared for more than 170 bomb victims, staff chaplains were suddenly in great demand. They moved calmly from emergency departments to waiting rooms and employee lounges, offering ...

Talking to My Son About Boston
Originally Posted: 04/19/2013 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

“I heard someone dropped a bomb on Boston,” said Mattias, my 9-year-old son, over breakfast while I scrolled through the breaking news reports. I woke up this morning, like everyo ...

Transcript: Obama Praises Boston for Overcoming the ‘Face of Evil’
Originally Posted: 04/19/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama praised Bostonians for their actions “in the face of evil” during an interfaith memorial service on Thursday for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Pre ...

BREAKING: One Boston Marathon Suspect Dead, Boston Virtually Shut Down in Search for Second
Originally Posted: 04/19/2013 - 7:44am | Type: Blog

Boston residents are waking up this morning to a virtual shutdown of many parts of the city after a contfrontation that left one of the marathon suspects dead, according to reports. An M.I.T. police officer wa ...

We Are in a Battle for the Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 2:26pm | Type: Press

April 18, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

We Are in a Battle for the Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

I hear it over and over again both during my conversations on the road, and as I skim the headlines each day, that we are in a battle for the common good. From Boston to Washington, we are facing many fronts. ...

Heartbreak Beyond Heartbreak (Hill)
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

The beauty of Jesus’ story is that we soon forget the brutality of the robbers due to the caring example of the Good Samaritan. Thirty-four years ago – and about that many pounds ...

Boston Bombings: Deliver Us from Evil
Originally Posted: 04/17/2013 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

I hate admitting that I’m vulnerable. But the president’s words didn’t reassure me. They made me feel more vulnerable because the phrase “full weight of justice” is always a veiled call to violence. ...

After Boston: Above and Beyond
Originally Posted: 04/17/2013 - 11:45am | Type: Blog

After the horror and tragedy in Boston, our heads have been down. This work of art serves as a reminder to look up to hear the sound of the spirit of goodness, compassion, and creativity that can turn tragedy ...

Boston Marathon’s Holy Ground and Sacred Bonds
Originally Posted: 04/17/2013 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

Monday’s bombing may have tested that bond, but it couldn’t destroy it. Marathoning may look like a solitary journey, but it’s a communal one. Like everything in life, you need plenty of people — and plenty o ...

U.S. Muslims Mobilize to Prevent Boston Backlash
Originally Posted: 04/17/2013 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

It’s a familiar race against time for Muslim groups. Almost as soon as the smoke cleared around Copley Square, they knew from long experience that some would immediately point the finger of blame in their dire ...

Boston, Bombs, and the Scandal of God’s Criminal Justice
Originally Posted: 04/17/2013 - 8:48am | Type: Blog

As we journey forward in the aftermath of this terrible tragedy, may we be confronted and comforted by the reality of God’s abundant grace. I am tormented by what took place at ...

On Scripture: May April Tragedies Bring May Justice
Originally Posted: 04/17/2013 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

Let the church “gather crying tears that fill a million oceans.” For we are people of the resurrection. And we confess, despite all evidence to the contrary, that death will not win. ...

How to Respond to a Marathon Massacre
Originally Posted: 04/16/2013 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

“How do you defend against terrorists?” asked a colleague, as we processed news reports of two bomb explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. “How do you defend a ...

Today, We Pray for Our Enemies
Originally Posted: 04/16/2013 - 8:49am | Type: Blog

It is in times and tragedies like those that happened in Boston that our call to pray for our enemies is most difficult. May we be faithful to pray for them despite our circumstances. ...