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A New Hymn for Sunday: 'Once a Father Told His Children'
Originally Posted: 09/26/2014 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

This hymn by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette asks the question what does it mean to be a Christian, a church? Whom do we serve? How shall we respond to those in need? A Hymn for This S ...

Let's Treat Children At The Border As Christ Would
Originally Posted: 07/18/2014 - 3:57pm | Type: Press

July 18, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

'The Children Come': A New Hymn on the Exodus of Children from Central America to the U.S. Border
Originally Posted: 07/16/2014 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

This new hymn is inspired by the crisis in Central America that has caused over 70,000 children to take the dangerous journey to the United States in recent months. This new hymn ...

Religious Leaders Petition Congress to Support Immigrant Children
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

Religious leaders urged President Obama and Congress to provide funding for legal assistance to unaccompanied migrant children who are in U.S. custody after fleeing violence, murder, and extortion abroad. ...

VIDEO: The Good News Club
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 1:28pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Why is the Good News Club threatening children with hellfire and damnation? In public schools acr ...

'Get Them When They're Young!'
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Asra Q. Nomani The Child Evangelism Fellowship targets children as young as 4—threatening them with hellfire and damnation—and runs &quo ...

Double Victory: 'Winning Over the Cops Who Had to Arrest Us'
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

As nine of us sat in MP Jamie Briggs’ office, we shared our hopes and dreams for the impact of what we were taking part in. Beforehand all agreed, not only did we want to draw attention to children who continu ...

Into the Playhouse
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 8:39pm | Type: Blog

As we get older, we lose many of those childlike qualities. We think we have all the answers and stop asking questions. We lose our ability to marvel at the small things and at the big things, too. We pull awa ...

Four Ways Children Do Faith Better Than Adults
Originally Posted: 06/23/2014 - 4:51pm | Type: Blog

It’s easy for the faith of children to go unnoticed. But here are four spiritual things kids do better than adults. It’s easy for the faith of children to go unnoticed. But here a ...

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 ...

A New Hymn for Foster Children and Those Who Love Them
Originally Posted: 05/30/2014 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

This hymn is written with gratitude for foster parents, social workers, and others who do seek to do their best for abused and neglected children and youth. Author's Note ...

Nuns, Paddy Wagons, and the Dags Will Inherit The Earth
Originally Posted: 05/19/2014 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

On Monday a nun was arrested here in Australia. That’s right, a nun. She was one of a crowd of Christian leaders who engaged in nonviolent sit-ins at the electorate offices of Bill Shorten and Tony Abbott. Thi ...

VIDEO: “ReMoved”
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 11:06am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Follow the gripping story of a young girl taken from her home and placed into foster care. Every ...

'Daddy, why are those people sleeping in the park?'
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Christian Piatt How to talk with our children about homelessness. MY 5-YEAR-OLD daughter, Zoe, is in preschoo ...

How to Love Like a Mother
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

I believe that what we need in our churches and our schools and our homes and our public squares is a kind of love that looks something like a mother’s love. In my Santa Barbara ...

Survey: Most Americans Say Fighting Global Poverty Is Futile
Originally Posted: 04/29/2014 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

Despite progress in defeating extreme global poverty, most Americans see no end in sight, according to a survey sponsored by Compassion International. Despite progress in defeatin ...

VIDEO: Travel with Us—A Visual Poem
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors The SOLD Project's hopeful vision to end human trafficking. Around the world, children conti ...

Protecting the Innocent
Originally Posted: 05/11/2014 - 10:35pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels These desperately poor children are sacrificed to the sex trade's insatiable hunger. AN UNQ ...

Time To Stop The Train: Keeping Our Young Brothers Of Color
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 10:53am | Type: Press

March 7, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

How To Help Your Child Launch Rockets
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 5:24pm | Type: Press

January 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Andrew Portwood ...

How Not to Raise a Daughter
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

This week I caught myself doing something that has the potential to harm my daughter more than being drenched in pink and purple for the next 18 years ever could. I became a mom f ...

Grace at Home: Thoughts on Christian Parenting from the ‘Village Priest’
Originally Posted: 02/06/2014 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

We think that living in a family is the most serious commitment to community that anyone will ever make. Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from Joy Carroll Wal ...

The Peacemakers
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Kathleen McCoy Sometimes even we— / pierced with arrow-words, with brassy / cacophonies of slurs—stand in calm. ...

Rethinking 'Faith Like A Child'
Originally Posted: 01/27/2014 - 5:15pm | Type: Blog

Children’s faiths are alive and strong, and the church needs to recognize this instead of repeating corny “children’s sermons” that are usually well intentioned but often developmentally inappropriate. The chu ...

Is Poverty Killing our Kids?
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 5:41pm | Type: Blog

What if one of the reasons for our strung-out culture was the social, emotional, mental, and physiological outworking of the effects of poverty? Despite all the modern convenience ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk by Delores S. Williams / Social Music by Jon Batiste and Stay ...

Afghan Street Children Beg for Change
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 12:12pm | Type: Blog

Kabul, Afghanistan, is “home” to hundreds of thousands of children who have no home. Many of them live in squalid refugee camps with families that have been displaced by violence and war. ...

A Christmas Prayer: O God of All Children
Originally Posted: 01/15/2014 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

Let us remember all the poor babies and children who struggle to live and realize their God given potential in our own rich land and all around the world today. And commit to act to assure hope and justice for ...

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 ...

The Elf on the Shelf Can Stay
Originally Posted: 12/20/2013 - 11:30am | Type: Blog

While some claim that the Elf on the Shelf encourages good behavior, it feels to me like this whole Santa/Elf myth manipulates good behavior. Yet, I’m beginning to admit that the Elf brings a sense of joy and ...

Shine the Light of Advent on Child Prostitution
Originally Posted: 12/16/2013 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

Tens of thousands of homeless children (perhaps more) are on the streets in the United States. Reliable numbers are hard to find, because these children for the most part are invisible — and prey to sex traffi ...

Four Questions for Sister Jean Lait, CSF
Originally Posted: 04/23/2014 - 2:10pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Sr. Jean Lait, an Anglican Franciscan sister based in San Francisco, protests drones and their effects on children ...

A Garden Toolbox for Schools
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Michaela Bruzzese   Catholic Coalition on Climate Change Catholicclimatecovenant.org This site has education and worship resources tailored to different ages and set ...

Sandy Hook Anniversary Reminds Us That Love Endures
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 9:35am | Type: Blog

We tend to think of peace as the absence of conflict and violence, the end of all suffering. But if peace requires such impossible circumstances to exist, we’ll never realize it. ...

Pope Francis Launches Commission to Tackle Sex Abuse
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis is creating a special commission to deal with the clergy sexual abuse crisis on a global scale, a step that comes amid growing criticism that Francis had not given sufficient attention to the scan ...

VIDEO: The Poet of Poverty
Originally Posted: 11/14/2013 - 11:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill Father Michael Doyle's poetry captures a city of despair and hope. As Andrea Ferich wri ...

A Whale of a Lesson
Originally Posted: 11/05/2013 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

The blue whale and the second graders modeled sympathy and compassion for all of us. This SOLE lesson brought heart to my classroom. “A blue whale’s heart is as big as a Volkswage ...

New Yorkers “Baffled” By Battle Against Food Aid
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:41pm | Type: Press

September 16, 2013 Sojo in the News Mark Scheerer ...

Introverts: Caring for Dandelions
Originally Posted: 08/29/2013 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

Perhaps in this age, the best we can do is find a broken ethic of “preventing the most harm” in a broken world that refuses to adopt instead an age-changing ethic of creating nurture. ...

To Our College-Bound Children: Your Parents Will Be OK
Originally Posted: 08/22/2013 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

What do parents do when their nest empties out? One father told me, "First you cry. Then you run around the house naked." News bulletin to Michael Gerson's first ...

The Danger of 'Orphan Theology'
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Brittany Shoot Kathryn Joyce Has the uptick in Christians eager to adopt overseas done ...

Afghanistan's Children of War
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

The United Nations issued a report on Wednesday stating that the number of civilians killed or wounded in Afghanistan rose by 23 percent in the first six months of 2013, with women and children faring the wors ...

Jesus and the Top Secret Empire
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Reta Halteman Finger In Matthew's gospel, the "littlest ones" are key to the upside-down kingdom. ...

Raising Children to Be Global Citizens
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

We quickly realized that the very best gift we could give our children is to live the kind of life we would desire them to live as faithful followers of Jesus. In other words, if we are to be role models to ou ...

Death by the Numbers
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors The Predator and Reaper drones in most common use by the CIA and U.S. military carry 500-pound GPS-guided bombs or Hellfire missiles. The bombs can destroy whole neighb ...

A Testimony of God's Grace and Love
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Leroy Barber Five principles for a lasting marriage. MARRIAGE IS A wonderful thing. Yet it seems to be taking ...

Mothers Day: The Most Painful Holiday of the Year
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

In an effort to praise and empower marriage, healthy parenting, families, and the sanctity of life, Christian subculture often mistakenly and unintentionally alienates those around us — especially women, ...

Leaning In, Mommy Wars, and a Dose of Humility
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

Over the last several weeks, I’ve been trying to figure out exactly why I feel so bothered by Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In. Over the last several weeks, I’ve been trying to ...

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 ...

Wealth Inequality in America
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 1:57pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors An infographic of the racial wealth gap in the U.S. While the rich become even richer, everyone e ...