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A Hymn for Economic Justice: 'Zacchaeus was a Tax Man'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Many people grew up enjoying the song, "Zacchaeus was a wee little man," celebrating this beloved story of Jesus and a tax collector. Many people grew up enjoying the so ...

After the Spill, We Can't Forget the Gulf
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It is hard to imagine that it's been six months since the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/bp-oil-spill/" target="_blank">BP oil spill</a> in the Gulf of Mexico. ...

Breaking the Chains of Debt at the IMF
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In April 2009, following the global financial crisis in late 2008, leaders of the G20 (the world's 19 largest economies plus the European Union) designated the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/in ...

Proclaim Jubilee: Why I March for Economic Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It's been ten years since the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/jubilee/" target="_blank">prophetic call to Jubilee</a> was made in 2000. It&# ...

Interview: Jim Wallis Reaches Out to Glenn Beck Down Under
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I'm impressed by several things. One being people who love well and whose presence disarms in such a way that others can be received as they are. I'm impressed by severa ...

Climate Refugees: A Cordial Introduction
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/101006_climaterefugees.jpg"></a>[Editor's Note: On October 10 (10.10.10), <a href="http://www.350.org/">350.org</a> ...

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 ...

Postcolonialism Comes Home
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

For most of us, the term<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/colonialism/" target="_blank"> "colonialism" </a>conjures images of palm trees, pith helmets, and mosquito ne ...

The Poverty Measure: Why It's Outdated, and Why It's Important
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<strong> </strong></p> "The poor quality of our official poverty statistics should be a matter of pressing national concern. America deserves bett ...

Challenging Goliath: Justin Hudson
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://christianity.about.com/od/biblestorysummaries/p/davidandgoliath.htm">David and Goliath</a>. Da ...

Tearing Down Walls in Memphis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

On a muggy Memphis night last week, Tiffany Kelly and Imani Phipps, both juniors at local high schools, sat at the top of the historic Levitt Shell amphitheater as chants of "One Memphis, One Love" ...

Justice in the Hole: A New Way to Educate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I think about the gospel as being a new way of seeing the world. Jesus would empower people that usually did not have power in their normal day to day life. I think about the gosp ...

Welcome, Elizabeth Warren!
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.contents&amp;issue=soj1004" target="_blank"></a>It's a great thing that Elizabeth Warren has <a href= ...

What Kind of Church Do We Want?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

My wife Sarah and I recently moved to Baltimore and are knee-deep in that time-honored tradition of relocation: church shopping. My wife Sarah and I recently moved to Baltimore an ...

No One is "Illegal"
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/09/15/no-one-is-illegal/"></a>Today is a day of hope for immigration reform. More than 500 immigration activists and faith leaders have gathere ...

Solar Panels from 1979 Return to the White House
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100910-solarpanel.jpg"></a>In 1979, then-President Jimmy Carter announced the installation of solar panels on the White House roof. ...

Community Organizing: Changing Lives
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editor's Note: </strong>In the current issue of </em>Sojourners<em> magazine, </em><em><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine ...

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& ...

Craigslist Attorneys Threaten Georgia Anti-Trafficking Activists
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em><strong>Editor's Note: </strong></em><em>What is behind Craigslist's recent enigmatic, and dramatic, choice to replace (at least for now) its entire "adult serv ...

The DRC: The Worst Place on Earth to be a Woman
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a beautiful, lush country, with fertile soil and rich minerals. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a beautiful, lush country, wi ...

Community Organizing Affirms Human Dignity For All
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>In</em> <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.home">Sojourners</a><em><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.home"> ...

Friday Links Round-Up
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/View_of_Crowd_at_1963_March_on_Washington.jpg"></a>Jon Stewart on Ground Zero. Revisiting the Lower Ninth Ward. The March on Washington. Here ...

Remembering Katrina: A Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">I arrived in the faith-based advocacy community in Washington, D.C. fresh out of divinity school. I arrived in the faith-based advocac ...

The Best Part of Wanting to Change the World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I'm thankful that God rarely answers our constant requests wanting to know the future.</p> <p>Why?</p> I'm thankful that God rarely answers our constan ...

Citizenship: What's It Worth?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Sen. Sen. Lindsey Graham's proposal to modify the 14th amendment (yes, the one that granted slaves citizenship after the Civil War) is perhaps the clearest signal yet of the ...

Football and Ramadan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

All around the United States, high school and college football teams are beginning to practice for the fall season. All around the United States, high school and college footba ...

Non-Cooperation with Evil in the Streets of Arizona
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The clock nudged toward midnight on a cool Arizona summer evening. The clock nudged toward midnight on a cool Arizona summer evening. With monsoon moisture in the air and faint st ...

The Summer of Our Discontent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Remember January 2009? That month, the country witnessed the historic inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama as the 44th president of the United States of America. Remember January ...

Choices Make Changes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." <em>William Jennings Bryan (1860 - 1925)</em></p> ...

Reel Images of Immigration: Farmingville
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p> </p> <p>[Editor's Note: This week we will have a series of reviews on films with a focus on immigration. Check back each day for a new film review, and visit < ...

Update from Haiti: Despite Ruin, Pockets of Hope
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100809-haiti-partners-updat.jpg"></a>Driving today through Port-au-Prince in the glaring summer sun, there is still plenty of rubble being re ...

Supporting Churches and Synagogues for Social Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This spring, we saw an opportunity to join the efforts of Rev. This spring, we saw an opportunity to join the efforts of Rev. Jim Wallis and Sojourners to stand up to the Tea Part ...

Excuse Me, Senator Grassley, Did I Hear You Correctly?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Every so often I read something in print, and I think to myself, did he/she really say that? Every so often I read something in print, and I think to myself, did he/she really say ...

Make it Right: Bring Jobs to the Wetlands
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Before the Gulf Coast's <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/oil-spill/">100-percent-human-made oil spill disaster</a>, there was Katrina. That hurricane wasn't the strongest to hi ...

A Salvation Army for the Earth
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This video from "Just Salvos Live" is a great initiative from the Salvation Army in Australia that intros young peeps to some of the issues that surround how climate change affects the poorest of p ...

We Must Ask Moral Questions About Our Oil Addiction (Part II)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, I asked some <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/07/we-must-ask-moral-questions-about-our-oil-addiction-part-i/">moral questions about our oil addiction</a>. ...

We Must Ask Moral Questions About Our Oil Addiction (Part I)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

At the same time <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/bp-oil-spill/">oil is spewing from the ocean floor in the Gulf of Mexico</a>, some politicians are already calling for more drilling, ac ...

Convenience and its Consequences
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I love the clerks in my local grocery store. The same women scan and weigh and slide my yogurt and tortilla chips every week. I love the clerks in my local grocery store. The same ...

McChrystal vs. Obama: Battle of the 'Hard Hearts'?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday U.S. top Afghanistan warrior General Stan McChrystal was very publicly called to the carpet in the Oval Office. Sources say his job is on the line. Yesterday U.S. top Af ...

A Late-Night Save, A Lifetime Commitment to Social Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The other night as I rode my bike up Massachusetts Ave. with my friend Jeehye, we came upon a man who was about to jump off a bridge. The other night as I rode my bike up Massachu ...

The Gulf Spill Brings Christians to Lament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In early June, a week-long gathering at the <a href="http://divinity.duke.edu/reconciliation/index.html">Center for Reconciliation</a> at Duke Divinity School brought together a diverse g ...

A Pledge to the Next Generation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

We are witnessing a massive despoiling of God's creation that will impact ecosystems for generations. Our response must think that far ahead as well -- to our children and our children's children. ...

My Initial Response to President Obama's Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I was glad the president emphasized the need to break our addiction to oil in his speech last night, and I thought he did a good job of demonstrating commitment to the people of the Gulf region. ...

Faith & Justice Networks: New Wineskins for Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Over the past decade, discussions about justice have reached a tipping point in the evangelical world. Over the past decade, discussions about justice have reached a tipping point ...

President Obama Cannot Please Everyone
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Commentary on President Obama's response to the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/bp/">BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico</a> says that he has not been tough enough on BP, that he ...

What's in a Name? Living in a "Rule of Law" City
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last month, the mayor of Costa Mesa -- where I live -- proposed and passed a proclamation declaring our city a "Rule of Law" city. It is not that we were in total anarchy before May. ...

We Must Respond to the Needs of the Gulf Coast
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

We are counting the days now: the 49<sup>th</sup> day of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/oil-spill/">the oil spill</a>, the 50<sup>th</sup>, the 51<sup>st& ...

Labor is Part of the Immigration Equation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Immigration-Reform-March-for/11589736_fEmWi#830413851_fem9v"></a>If migration policy was "freed" or emanc ...

Time to Declare a Mission Trip Moratorium
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Like many Christ-followers in the United States, I have participated in my fair share of mission trips to the Caribbean and Central and South America over the past few decades. Li ...

Wanted: A Pro-Family Immigration System
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

There's a wonderful family at my church who are from Rwanda. There's a wonderful family at my church who are from Rwanda. They have been granted asylum in the United Sta ...