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Friday Links Round Up: Wealth Gap. Tattoos. The Horn of Africa.
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week: Moving photos of the memorials in Norway. The racial wealth gap continues to grow wider. Would you eat it? ...

Spotting the Kingdom of God After the Tragedy of Death
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

He put before them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greates ...

On My Bookshelf: The 10 Books I Always Reach For
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

My office has two overflowing bookshelves, with more books stacked on top and on the windowsill. But above my desk within easy reach is a small shelf. My office has two ove ...

Matthew 25 -- Why We Went to the White House
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Today is another intense day of politics at the White House. The debt default deadline is fast approaching. Today is another intense day of politics at the White House. The debt d ...

Bringing the Church Together for Justice
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

After having spoken at the Greenbelt Festival in England a number of times now, we at the Center for Action and Contemplation always hoped and planned that we create a similar festival for spiritualit ...

Dissenters, Monastics, and Doubters: My Kind of Faith at the Wild Goose Festival
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/07/01/dissenters-monastics-and-doubters-my-kind-of-faith-at-the-wild-goose-festival/" target="_self"></a>Fed up and worn out from th ...

We Won't Self-Examine, McDonald's Tells Nuns
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

Two weeks ago, McDonald's shareholders voted down a shareholder resolution asking the corporation to study how its advertising to children contributes to widespread childhood obesity. ...

Restoring Haiti's Economy Through Local Business
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In the largest conference room in Haiti, deals were made, contact information swapped, and the air buzzed with excitement at a business fair hosted by Partners Worldwide and a dozen sponsors target ...

My Thoughts on Sojourners, Coalition Building, and LGBTQ Rights
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On my personal blog, I <a href="http://brianmclaren.net/archives/blog/this-is-not-actually-a-blog-post.html" target="_blank">traced my journey</a> on the issue of homosexuality ...

What is the Circle of Protection?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, the leaders of more than 50 Christian denominations and organizations drew a line in the sand of the budget debate, and asked our political leaders to do the same. Ye ...

The Spiritually Viral Hunger Fast
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The hunger fast for a moral budget has gone spiritually viral. Ten days ago, we announced at the National Press Club that the budget debate had become a moral crisis. The hunger f ...

Why I Do Not Support President Obama's Decision on Libya
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Last evening, President Obama forcefully <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/29/us/politics/29prexy-text.html" target="_blank">defended</a> his decision to launch airstrikes ...

Give to Uncle Sam What is Uncle Sam's: Tax Season War Resistance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.warresisters.org/sites/default/files/FY2012piechart-color.pdf" target="_blank"></a>Imagine what would happen if a massive popular movement of ordina ...

Rep. Keith Ellison Testifies Against Hateful Bigotry
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/11/rep-keith-ellison-testifies-against-hateful-racism/" target="_self"></a>During my Lenten journey this year, I will be looking t ...

Rep. King is Saying 'No' in the Face of Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">At the climax of <em>The King's Speech</em>, I held my breath with the rest of the packed audience and hoped to God that history was kind to King G ...

'Farewell Rob Bell' (Or, John Piper's Inferno)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100301-robbell.jpg"></a>"Farewell Rob Bell." With this three word tweet John Piper -- senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist church in ...

Matthew Kelty and the Beauty of a Good Death
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Writer and Trappist monk Matthew Kelty died last week at age 95. His is an example of a good life and a good death. Writer and Trappist monk Matthew Kelty died last week at age 95 ...

How Do We Take Lent Beyond Chocolate and Caffeine?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Lent. It's an odd word, not exactly one that shows up in the vernacular of our everyday.</p> Lent. It's an odd word, not exactly one that shows up in the vernacula ...

Friday Links Round Up: The Day of Departure. Mubarak. Egypt.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/11/friday-links-round-up-the-day-of-departure-mubarak-egypt/" target="_self"></a>Here's a little round up of links from aroun ...

Budget Cuts and Bad Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

House Republicans announced a plan yesterday to cut <a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/feb/3/republicans-find-places-to-cut-43-billion/" target="_blank">$43 billion in ...

President Obama and the National Prayer Breakfast
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Hi everyone. I'm currently in Washington, D.C. Hi everyone. I'm currently in Washington, D.C. Long story short, I have a meeting with a group of other folks at the White ...

Grading Civility: 75 Percent Give the United States a C, D, or F
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

President Obama spent <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/state-of-the-union-2011-breakdown/" target="_blank">4 percent</a> of his State of the Union ...

Remembering Sargent Shriver, Dedicated Public Servant
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/01/19/remembering-sargent-shriver-dedicated-public-servant/" target="_blank"></a>Yesterday afternoon <a href="http://www.wash ...

'Come and See': A Reflection from Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

"Tell them to come and see who we are." Almost every Afghan we met said that. <em>Tell them to come and see</em>. "Tell them to come and see who we are. ...

My Story as an Undocumented Immigrant
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

To become an undocumented immigrant requires very little but is a result of tremendous social, economic, political, and environmental forces; I offer my story as example.</p> ...

Stop the Games in Congress
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In just the past few days, the <a href="http://www.usccb.org/comm/archives/2010/10-224.shtml" target="_blank">U.S. In just the past few days, the U.S. ...

Churches Key to Peace in Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<strong>[</strong><em><strong>Editor's Note:</strong> Voter registration has now started for South Sudan's January 9 referendum on independence -- an event whose occurre ...

It Takes a Movement: A Post-Election Analysis
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/it-takes-a-movement/" target="_blank"></a></p> [ Editor's Note: Today is ...

Domestic Surveillance: FBI Spies on Catholic Workers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Since I moved into Casa Maria Catholic Worker in 1999, my work has focused around hospitality for the homeless. Since I moved into Casa Maria Catholic Worker in 1999, my work has ...

Moral Agency and Selective Conscientious Objection
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/conscientious-objection/" target="_blank"></a>This is the third installment of a series Logan Mehl-Laituri is writing for God's P ...

Churches and Elections: Do's and Don'ts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In the last few weeks, as seems to happen every <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/elections/" target="_blank">election</a> year, both parties along with some pastors and churche ...

Friday Links Round Up: The Simpsons. Ethnic Studies. Walter Brueggemann.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The Simpsons. Ethnic Studies. Walter Brueggemann. Here's a little round up of links from around the web you may have missed this week:</p> The Simpsons. Ethnic Studies. ...

Abuses of Faith in this Election Season
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a> You have to wonder -- when political ads focus on a college prank pulled by your opponent -- ...

The Global Church Must Hold Politicians Accountable
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

One of the great things about <a href="http://www.lausanne.org/cape-town-2010" target="_blank">Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization</a> in Cape Town, South Africa is ...

The Right to Act in Conscience
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/conscientious-objection/" target="_blank"></a>This is the second installment of a series Logan Mehl-Laituri is writing for God's ...

Americans Deeply Ignorant About Religion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"The person whose writings and actions inspired the Protestant Reformation was Martin Luther, Thomas Aquinas or John Wesley?" Less than half (46 percent) of Americans know the answer is Luther, and ...

We Won't Back Down from Beck
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Ah, the evils of "social justice"! Ah, the evils of "social justice"! Until recently, I bet most of you didn't realize how dangerous that concept is, and ...

Stephen Colbert for the Least of These
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last week more than 500 people gathered in Washington, D.C. to lobby for the DREAM Act. Last week more than 500 people gathered in Washington, D.C. to lobby for the DREAM Act. We ...

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& ...

An Open Letter to Glenn Beck
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Dear Glenn,</p> Dear Glenn, I think we got off on the wrong foot. I listened to your speech last Saturday and heard a lot of things that we agree on. In fact, I have u ...

'Religion Everywhere, But None to Drink': God at the Aspen Ideas Festival (Part II)
Originally Posted: 07/07/2014 - 9:42am | Type: Blog

Three distinctive views about people of religious faith became apparent at this summer's <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/08/11/trust-is-the-new-black-god-at-the-aspen-ideas-festival-part-i/&quo ...

The Legacy of Martin Luther King: A Watering Hole Moment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong>[<em>Editor's Note<span style="font-weight: normal; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">: In anticipation of the anniversary of the March on Washington on August 28, 1963, God& ...

A World Free of Nuclear Weapons
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

August 6, 1945. It was a sunny morning in the city of more than 300,000 people. Some were on their way to work, children were playing in the streets. August 6, 1945. It was a s ...

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 ...

An Open Letter to Pastors: Our Nation Needs Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Dear Pastors,</p> Dear Pastors, This week, a group called NumbersUSA sent out a message to hundreds of thousands of Americans to ask them to please contact their pastor. ...

Bad Theology in the House of Representatives
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">Wednesday morning I listened to a House Judiciary Committee <a href="http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/294531-1">hearing on "The Ethical Imper ...

Naming Jesus Again and Again
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

While discerning a vocation to Roman Catholic religious life years ago, I had the opportunity to go on retreat with a group of women religious. While discerning a vocation to Roma ...

Missionaries: What's Wrong with Them?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Mention the word <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/missionaries/">"missionary"</a> to an assortment of people around the world, and you are sure to see quite a range of reaction ...

Voices from the Gulf: Pray We Will Not Lose Heart
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p class="wackmsg_new_sender"><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-from-the-gulf/"></a></p> Editor's note: This w ...