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Why Work to Change the World?
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

It’s hard to follow through on our commitments. It’s hard to do what we know to be right. It’s hard to follow through on our commitments. It’s hard to do what we know to be right. ...

A Prayer for the Nation on the Event of Another Shooting
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:56am | Type: Blog

Good and Gracious God, Yet again, our nation grieves. Yet again, the life of a child has been cut dreadfully short. Good and Gracious God, Yet again, our nation grieve ...

Reframing Failure
Originally Posted: 06/10/2014 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

I’ve recently been thinking a lot about failure. I’ve recently been thinking a lot about failure. Not my failures, though I suspect we could come up with a few. No, I’ve thi ...

How to Dismantle the 'New Jim Crow'
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Michelle Alexander Public attitudes about mass incarceration are changing. But it will take a much deeper transformation to overturn this ...

If the Internet Isn't Killing Religion, What Is?
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

A smart professor in Massachusetts noticed recently that religion’s decline in America coincided with the rise of the Internet. A smart professor in Massachusetts noticed recently ...

COMMENTARY: Deliberate Distortion of Reality Won’t Work for Long
Originally Posted: 04/08/2014 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

I was dismayed when I learned that Mozilla Foundation, maker of the Firefox Web browser, had named an anti-gay activist as its new chief executive officer. I was dismayed when I l ...

Living with 'An Illegal:' How a Friendship Changed My Perspective on Immigration
Originally Posted: 03/21/2014 - 7:44pm | Type: Blog

How one person changed everything I knew about immigration reform and undocumented immigrants. I don’t know what came over me. Was it what Noel Castellanos (CEO of CCDA) had said? ...

Adapt or Die
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Okay, so maybe not actually die. Just change. And quickly. THIS YEAR IS shaping up to be one of ...

VIDEO: Proud To Be
Originally Posted: 02/10/2014 - 4:14pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Indigenous American leaders speak out against the Washington NFL team’s mascot. "Proud To Be ...

What Is the Lord's Justice?
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Joy J. Moore Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A EXECUTE: TO ENACT OR DO. Having grown up i ...

From the Archives: February 1976
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

John Perkins The Dividing Wall in America IN TERMS, America has tried to heal itself. The Civil War took plac ...

Sacking the 'Redsk*ns'
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Peggy Flanagan Just because racism is "tradition" doesn't make it right. I'VE NEVER FELT ...

The Engine of Change Is on Full Throttle
Originally Posted: 12/03/2013 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

Statistically, most people will have five distinct careers before they retire — partly because they get bored, or burn out, but mostly because their industry of choice fizzles. My ...

8 Ways to Survive Christian Culture
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 7:20am | Type: Blog

Christian culture, along with the spiritual leaders, churches, institutions, communities, and other entities it consists of, are supposed to make our faith stronger. But in many cases the opposite happens, and ...

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 ...

5 Things We Learned About Pope Francis From His Blockbuster Interview
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis’ comments this week on everything from gays to abortion (less talk, more mercy), the hierarchy (be pastors, not bureaucrats), and religious faith (doubt is part of belief) continue to reverberate ...

The Revolving Door of Church 'CEOs'
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

From major corporations to startups led by visionary leaders, from universities to churches, the departure of the top leader can stop momentum and usher in months, perhaps years, of uncertainty. ...

Peering in the Dark Corners
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 4:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

Catherine Woodiwiss Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill shines a light on U.S. covert wars. JEREMY SCAHILL ...

Christians: It's NOT a Sin to Change Your Beliefs
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

But theology — our study and beliefs about God — should be a natural process involving change instead of avoiding it. Our God is too big and too wonderful to completely understand by the time we graduate high ...

Change or Die
Originally Posted: 04/09/2013 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

Church is being reinvented. So are technology and education. And all for the same reasons. Church is being reinvented. So are technology and education. And all for the same reas ...

Change From Within
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 12:20pm | Type: Magazine Article

Aimee Molloy Villages in Senegal put an end to female genital cutting—and show the power of communities learning together to change. ...

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch Changes: News from Our Bloggerina
Originally Posted: 12/14/2012 - 10:08am | Type: Blog

Change is hard. There is always a certain lamenting that comes with it, even when the change is, on many levels, a good thing. This was a difficult decision but one I felt I had to make in order to follow the ...

Come Hell and High Water
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

Bill McKibben Superstorm Sandy left behind an indelible image of the future. IF IT WASN'T the year from ...

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 ...

The Ground is Shifting
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 11:03am | Type: Magazine Article

Glen H. Stassen Excerpt from A Thicker Jesus: Incarnational Discipleship in a Secular Age, by Glen H. Stassen ...

Walk On The Ocean: Rob Bell, Day 2
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 7:53pm | Type: Blog

Toad the Wet Sprocket was playing in my head. "Walk on the ocean..." but this wasn't some 1990's melancholia. Instead it was an invitation. I didn't want to swim, though I love it. I d ...

How to Change Politics
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 3:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis No, that isn’t a typo. Sojourners stood side by side with Focus on the Family to draw attention to the plight of millions who ...

What Can Churches Do?
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 4:36pm | Type: Magazine Article

Romal Tune Faith for Change seeks to support public education—without crossing the church-state divide. JUST ...

Behold, The Dreamer Cometh
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Korla Masters Rev. Doug Mork Duane Shank Peggy Flanagan ...

Artist: Petna Ndaliko
Originally Posted: 09/05/2012 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

For Petna Ndaliko, you combat violence through art. In spite of attempts by the Congolese government and militia groups to silence them, Petna created a stage for local youth to express themselves. ...

Being Pushy Is OK When You’re Pushing Back
Originally Posted: 06/20/2012 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

Imagine the moral authority that church leaders could exercise if they turned their eyes outward to a needy world, rather than endlessly surveying the insider crowd for what they want and are willing to pay fo ...

We Need More Cannibals
Originally Posted: 01/30/2012 - 12:04pm | Type: Blog

Lately I’ve been thinking about why it’s important for an organization, be it religious or for-profit, to be more cannibalistic. Lately I’ve been thinking about why it’s important ...

The Cuban Journal
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this month, Sojourners board member and former General Secretary of the Reformed Church in America, Wes Granberg-Michaelson, journeyed to Cuba with a delegation of religious leaders from the National C ...

American Spring?
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 3:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Robert Hirschfield Finding connections between the past, present, and future at Occupy Wall Street. “THIS IS ...

A Few Good Men
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 4:05pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Clooney's new movie, The Ides of March, serves as a thoughtful and entertaining mirror for next year's president ...

From Jim Wallis to Billy Graham, on His 93rd Birthday: "Thank you!"
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 5:37am | Type: Blog

Billy Graham is 93 years old today. And all over the world, people are discussing his influence and impact and remembering their own encounters with the world's leading evangelist. ...

You Make Me Almost Want To Be a Christian
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 8:47am | Type: Blog

I always notice something when speaking to a mostly secular audience. Many people have been so hurt or rejected by the bad religion in which they were raised or have encountered elsewhere over the course of th ...

A Peacemakers Litany
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

Gracious Lord, Gracious Lord, We dream of a world free of poverty and oppression, we yearn for a world free of vengeance and violence, and a nation -- America -- that ...

#OccupySunday: We Are the 100 Percent
Originally Posted: 11/15/2011 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

Any society that will not care for its poor, in effect, prefers its rich. Any society that will not care for its poor, in effect, prefers its rich. It may give power ...

The "Atonement-Only" Gospel
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

I really enjoyed the "debate" I had Thursday night with Al Mohler , president of Southern Baptist Seminary, at my own seminary alma mater, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in the northern suburb ...

#OccupyWallStreet: Playing with Fire and Corraling the Golden Calf
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

"The Lord said to Moses, 'Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; they have been quick to turn ...

So, about those "Evangelicals..."
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 6:22pm | Type: Blog

Below is a compilation of recent media reports where the word "evangelical" is invoked. When you read these, evangelical brothers and sisters, do you recognize yourself in how the word is used and de ...

"Pay It Forward": Excerpt from BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith & the Heart of Justin Bieber
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

The idea behind my new book BELIEBER!: Fame, Faith and The Heart of Justin Bieber was to peel back the veneer of celebrity and take a closer look at Justin as a person and as a cultural phenomenon ...

Kal Penn: Enough with the Cynicism and Disappointment, Time to Re-engage!
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Before I met President Obama, I was always cynically independent when it came to politics. Like a lot of other young people with different views on different issues, I never considered myself to be either a D ...

Commemorating 9/11 by Desegregating Theological Education
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I just returned from a very moving convocation at the Claremont School of Theology where I am on the faculty. I just returned from a very moving convocation at the Claremont Sch ...

The Sanctity of Labor and the Challenges Before Us
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday, the U.S. and Canada celebrated Labor Day, a day honoring workers. What does it mean to honor workers at a time of high unemployment, job insecurity, and the threat of lay-offs? ...

Joy's Shadow As New School Year Begins
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

My daughter attended her first day of kindergarten today. A poignant milestone dressed up in an exceptionally cute plaid jumper. My daughter attended her first day of kindergarten ...

What Karl Barth Says about Blog Comments
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The comment code of conduct for the God's Politics blog includes familiar commitments to civility, courtesy, and respect, and even connects these pledges to biblical passages. ...

Hubble, Hubble, Climate Trouble
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

For the past 30 years, through my work with Maryknoll and Pax Christi International, I've come to know grassroots communities around the world in situations of war and poverty. ...

Coming Home From Killing
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The recent British film In Our Name is a returning-soldier drama featuring a married woman, Suzy, who leaves her husband and little girl to fight in Iraq. Th ...