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Chemo Drips and Left-Handed Layups
Originally Posted: 11/04/2014 - 9:50am | Type: Blog

Giving birth. Getting chemo drips. Making left-handed lay-ups. Clinging tightly to life even as it sometimes squeezes the life out of us for a little while. Developing a deep appreciation for the challenges an ...

Cherish Each Moment — Even the Sucky Ones
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 9:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice "If communion isn't a little edgy, you may not be doing it right." -- A tribute to Elizabeth Palmberg (1970-2014) ...

After Cancer Resurrects Career, Christian Music Star Cured In Time For Tour
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Press

February 14, 2014 Sojo in the News Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra ...

Five Spiritual Resolutions for 2014: What Elders, Suffering, and Loss Have Taught Me About the Gospel
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

This past year taught me so much about the gospel and caused me to go deeper into my faith. As this new year begins, here are five spiritual resolutions I learned from last year. ...

VIDEO: A Soldier of Conscience
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 10:16am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Joshua Casteel served as an interrogator in Iraq. Then an encounter with a Jihadist challenged him to truly live out his fait ...

The Beginning of the End of War
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 9:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Mary Margaret Alvarado Joshua Casteel was an interrogator at Abu Ghraib prison and later staffed open-air burn pits in Iraq. The experien ...

Every Prayer, Every Breath, a Step Toward a Cure
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 2:07pm | Type: Blog

One morning each week, I ascend the outdoor staircase on the side of our little church and enter the Upper Room – a cozy, loftlike space above the pastors’ offices set apart for prayer. ...

My Unexpected Diagnosis
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 9:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis "Control is an illusion that we all pursue." THIS IS A very personal column. Last Decemb ...

Sojourners' Jim Wallis Reveals 'Unexpected' Cancer Diagnosis
Originally Posted: 06/14/2013 - 2:04pm | Type: Press

June 13, 2013 Sojo in the News Melissa Steffan ...

Losing Control and Learning to Trust: My Unexpected Diagnosis
Originally Posted: 06/13/2013 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

We have a God who will always find ways to bring love and justice into the world with and without us, and sometimes despite our best efforts and human attempts to keep “control.” ...

'God is Good. God is Great. Hope is Eternal:' Lessons in Life and Dying
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 8:39am | Type: Blog

In less than 12 months, we re-established a friendship and Mike and his wife, Nancy, taught me amazing lessons about living with the prospect of dying.   My friend Mike died la ...

The Marrow Road
Originally Posted: 12/14/2012 - 1:27pm | Type: Blog

I've been thinking, as Advent goes on, what it meant for God to lay aside infinity and put on a body that was not just tiny, inarticulate, and helpless, but also already marked, to the marrow of its littl ...

Clinging to Christ in Compounded Grief
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

“It was like a scene out of a movie.” I’ve heard that phrase a few too many times in the past month. “It was like a scene out of a movie.” I’ve heard that phrase a few too ma ...

Mother's Week: Standing Up for Fairness
Originally Posted: 05/10/2012 - 9:41am | Type: Blog

My family has health insurance in part because we have been given advantages due to racial identity, family networking, and being part of the 1 percent. All of these things have worked specifically in my favor ...

Mother's Day: A Legacy of Wisdom and Strength
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

Sharing stories of my own mother and the ways she taught and encouraged me feels like the best way to honor her on Mother's Day. This is my 19th Mother's Day without my ...

Two Thumbs Up for Ebert and "Life Itself"
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

"The conditions of my life are precarious," film critic Roger Ebert wrote last week in a posting on his online journal titled, "Fall from Grace." Ebert, 69, perhaps the pre-eminent film cr ...

Life Inspired: Roger Ebert
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Roger Ebert, perhaps the preeminent film critic in the United States, recently published a 500-page memoir titled, Life Itself, that chronicles his journey from childhood to his most recent years, adjusting ( ...

One World: Of Earthquakes and Interdependence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As Americans were complaining about all the snow this winter, arguing about the <a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/147615-senate-republicans-introduces-bill-to-defund-npr-pbs" t ...

In the Wake of Japan Disaster, Must We Accept Nuclear Power?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The U.S. Navy reported today that it had detected low levels of airborne radiation at the Yokosuka and Atsugi bases, about 200 miles to the north of the Japan's Fukushima nuclear reactors. ...

Embrace Your Crisis of Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<h1><span style="font-weight: normal; font-size: 13px;">A crisis of faith -- when you seriously question whether what you believe/how you see/what you're committed to is actually tru ...

How the Grinches Stole 9/11 Health Care
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

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Remembering Elizabeth Edwards, Advocate for Health Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/12/08/remembering-elizabeth-edwards-advocate-for-health-reform/" target="_self"></a>[Editors' note: Today we remember Elizabeth ...

Mountaintop Removal Kills People
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">More than 2,000 activists gathered at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. More than 2,000 activists gathered at Freedom Plaza in Washing ...

10 Good Things Vegetarianism Can do for You (and the World)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Having just read <a href="http://livelydust.blogspot.com/2010/05/review-of-eating-animals-jonathan.html">Jonathan Safran Foer's <em>Eating Animals</em></a>, I'm in ...

Psalm 94 and Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Psalm 94 is not my psalm, and perhaps it's not yours either. Psalm 8; Psalm 23; Psalm 100. They get a lot of air time because they really speak to us. Psalm 94 is not my ps ...

Health Care: Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | 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. ...

Justice for Vieques
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

The book of Jeremiah states, "For the hurt of my poor people I am hurt, I mourn, and dismay has taken hold of me. Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? The ...

The Mammogram Panic, or, False Positives Are No Picnic
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Inhale through your nose (be sure your abdomen moves, not just your chest). Exhale through your mouth. Slowly, now ...</p> Inhale through your nose (be sure your abdomen mov ...

Without Health-Care Reform, the Customer Is Always Wrong
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>From my up-close-and-personal perspective as a cancer survivor, I couldn't agree more with <a title="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/10/19/evil-insurance-company-or-evil-health-care-system/&qu ...

I Was Wrong. The Insurance Company Was Evil.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I was wrong. I was wrong. In my recent post, " Evil Insurance Company or Evil Health-Care System? " I argued that the villain in an obvious case of injustice -- a de ...

David vs. Oil-iath
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I just saw a really good movie in which an overweight, pasty-looking guy makes outrageous statements related to capitalism. I just saw a really good movie in which an overweight, ...

How Our Health-Care System Wrecks People Who Play by the Rules
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Recently, I learned that my parents' home is being foreclosed on. Recently, I learned that my parents' home is being foreclosed on. This course was set due to illness w ...

Government-Run Health Plans and the 'American Way of Life'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Tea-totaling party animals are crying the mantra of the Ghosts of Conservatives-past, "Blankety blank blank will change our American way of life!" Now all the president's men and women -- especi ...

A Cancer Survivor Speaks Out For Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/yes-multi-scarf-0132.jpg"></a></p> I just read an e-mail forward where someone compared the pr ...

Is National Health Care Hazardous to Your Health? Check the Facts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Various Web sites and e-mails are reporting that cancer survival rates are much higher in the U.S. than in various European countries. Various Web sites and e-mails are reporting ...

Health Care in the UK: An Astonishing Example of Communitarian Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Sometime in the spring of 1974, my world was somewhat disturbed by the event of my conception, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Sometime in the spring of 1974, my world was somewhat ...

Jesus People Against Pollution: 'People Should Not Still Be in Formaldehyde Trailers'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/gallery/8023684_Fnjyb/1/#526070792_uNqwG-A-LB"></a>Charlotte Keys, of Jesus People Against Pollution in Columbia, Mississippi, who was & ...

The Eco-Footprint of War: Lemeyo's Story
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Lemeyo Abon, an indigenous elder from the Marshall Islands, is a survivor of fallout from the <a href="http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/bomb/peopleevents/pandeAMEX51.html">largest nuclear bomb</ ...

New Year's Hope from Love All The People and The Last Lecture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

As 2008 came to a close, I found myself mourning the unexpected loss of several people I thought were friends. Simply put, they chose to do venture down some very self-destructive paths. ...