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The Immigration Fight Isn't Over
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, U.S. Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton preliminarily struck down key provisions in Arizona's infamous SB 1070 law and ruled that states cannot pr ...

'Hey Obama, Don't Deport My Momma!': A Photo Essay
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/29/hey-obama-dont-deport-my-momma-a-photo-essay/"></a>A children's rendition of Springsteen's 'Born in the USA' filled t ...

Darth Vader Goes Swimming and Clarity Floods In
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

We joined the flood club this weekend. I've heard rumors about this group of people before. We joined the flood club this weekend. I've heard rumors about this group of ...

Americans With Disabilities and the Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the landmark Americans With Disabilities Act, signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990. It seems a bit strange when you think about. ...

How Heroes are Made: Remembering Nate Henn
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Heroes are not made in the warm hallways of cul-de-sac safety. Nor are they made of black and white print from the critic's air-conditioned desk. Heroes are not made in the w ...

A Republican Pastor for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

My name is Rev. Gary Wiley, pastor of justice and care at Trinity Grace Church in New York City. I am an evangelical Christian. My name is Rev. Gary Wiley, pastor of justice and c ...

The Meaning Behind 'Saved Through Childbearing'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Certainly one of the most puzzling remarks in Paul's writings is found in 1 Timothy 2:15, "But <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/women/">women</a> will be saved through <a hr ...

Deportations that Destroy the Human Spirit
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

"Maybe I would be better off just crossing again and going to prison for many years." Upon hearing this, an instant knot forms in my gut. "Maybe I would be better o ...

Helping Women Leave the Sex Industry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em><strong>Editor's note:</strong><strong> </strong><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1008&amp;article=selling-our- ...

Am I Living the American Dream?
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

<em>We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.</em></p> We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal. ...

Getting Past False Debates
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, President Barack Obama spoke on the moral issue of reforming a "broken and dangerous" <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/immigration-system/">immigration system</a>, i ...

Open Letter to Obama: 'Lives are at Stake'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Dear Mr. President,</p> Dear Mr. President, In your brief time in office you have clearly not been one to shy away from tough challenges. And as you pointed out, immigra ...

Fixing Immigration: President Obama's Speech
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100524_100501-0007-immigration-rally.jpg"></a>President Obama is getting no respite from contentious issues. Today, speaking at American Univ ...

The Moral of "Toy Story 3"
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100630-toy-story31.jpg"></a>It's been awhile since Woody, Buzz, Jessie, and the gang have been on the big screen, but they've lost ...

An Open Letter to Madonna
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100630-falsani-family.jpg"></a>Dear Madonna,</p> <p>Thank you. Earlier this week, after a month-long sojourn in Malawi, my family ...

Patriarchy in the Church and its Effects
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>In this month's issue of Sojourners, Anne Eggebroten's article <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1007&amp;article=the-persistence-o ...

The World Cup and Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

When South Africa was selected to host the World Cup, there was much rejoicing and reflection on how far the country had come. When South Africa was selected to host the World Cup ...

Why I Remain a Catholic Priest, Despite Scandal
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

A friend tells me that she finds it difficult nowadays to admit that she is a Catholic. A friend tells me that she finds it difficult nowadays to admit that she is a Catholic. My ...

Fatherhood: The Best Job in the World
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> Sometimes the most important things are not at the top of the news cycle -- even the things that ultimately make the most difference in the world. The c ...

Voices from the Gulf: 'I am Hurt, Angry, but Hopeful'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | 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 ...

For the Widows and the Orphans
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Today is International Widow's Day. It is a day set aside to consider the lives of the more than 245 million widows worldwide. It is a day to consider the lives of their children. ...

Children, Church, and God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

One of the joys of vacation Bible school (VBS) is watching what the kids take away from the week. One of the joys of vacation Bible school (VBS) is watching what the kids take awa ...

A Pledge to the Next Generation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | 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. ...

Suffer the Little Children
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Fictional character Miss Jean Brodie from Muriel Spark's novel, <em>The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,</em> famously quipped, "Give me a girl at an impressionable age, and she is mine for lif ...

It Will Take a Mission
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This week, in President Barack Obama's Oval Office speech on the oil spill, he used the term "mission." That's the right word. This week, in President Barack O ...

My Initial Response to President Obama's Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | 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. ...

Finally, the U.S. Gets Graded on Its Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

On Monday morning, the U.S. On Monday morning, the U.S. State Department released the Trafficking in Persons Report 2010 , the 10 th such assessment of international efforts ...

Immigration, Children, and the Way of Jesus
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/06/15/immigration-children-and-the-way-of-jesus/"></a>Last month, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/05/20/a-second-graders-challenge-t ...

Violence from the Past
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The day after we here in the U.S. paused to remember the men and women who had died fighting for our country, the fight continued from beyond the grave. The day after we here in t ...

Wanted: A Pro-Family Immigration System
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | 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 ...

The Song of Rosanna's Survivor Story
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> I came to be friends with Rosanna through my wife's work. B ...

Tragic Stats and Beacons of Hope in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

During my recent visit to Zimbabwe, a headline caught my eye: "Worst Exam Results Ever!" The pass rate was 27% for national examinations held at the end of primary school (after seven years of scho ...

Child Care Cuts Force Parents Back on Welfare
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

With middle-class families mostly worrying about how they are surviving this Great Recession, and with the political leaders who want their votes aiming spins at them, there hasn't been much attent ...

Video: A Second Grader's Challenge to Michelle Obama on Immigration
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Michelle Obama is used to being in front of children. She routinely visits schools, community centers, shelters, and social service agencies in and around Washington, D.C. She speaks with them, reads ...

As Civilian Casualties Spike in Afghanistan, New Attempts to Reward 'Courageous Restraint'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Two recent news reports on the war in Afghanistan present a more complete story together.</p> Two recent news reports on the war in Afghanistan present a more complete story ...

A Day in the Life of Phoenix
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<strong>8:00 a.m.</strong> 8:00 a.m. Arizona is a great state. And Arizona is a great state. And they are on the right track with the law they passed. Y ...

Listeners
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Last month, at the height of the media coverage of the most recent sex abuse crisis, Father Francis Clooney, a professor at Harvard Divinity School and Director of the Center for the Study of Wor ...

A Neighborhood View of Consumer Financial Protection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As someone who lives in Cleveland -- which in some years is identified as the poorest city in the U.S. As someone who lives in Cleveland -- which in some years is identified as th ...

Slavery is Alive and Well ... For Now
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>It'd be nice if enacting a law would solve the problem, wouldn't it?</p> It'd be nice if enacting a law would solve the problem, wouldn't it? ...

Dialogue at the Demonstration: Risking Conversation with the Face of Occupation
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 6:14am | Type: Blog

<p>Bethlehem, West Bank. Evangelicals have never been keen on political protests. Especially the sort that includes rifles and grenades -- in the hands of your opponents.</p> ...

U.K. Catholic Bishops Address Abuse Scandal 'Directly and Unambiguously'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Late last week, the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales released an <a href="http://www.catholic-ew.org.uk/catholic_church/media_centre/press_releases/press_releases_2010/statement_by_the_catholi ...

An Open Letter to Governor Brewer of Arizona
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Esteemed Governor Brewer:</p> Esteemed Governor Brewer: My wife and I are both Evangelical pastors who have unrelenting commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our pa ...

A Word from Phoenix: 'I don't want my city to be the Birmingham or Selma in this drama'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

On Tuesday, a group of local faith and community leaders, along with <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/21/arizonas-immigration-bill-is-a-social-and-racial-sin/">Jim Wallis</a> and Noe ...

Arizona's Immigration Bill is a Social and Racial Sin
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530258814_kGpKA"></a>I got up at 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning to fly to Pho ...

Friendship Sealed with Accountability
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Do you remember the moment your friend became your friend? Not j ...

Putting 'Collateral Murder' in Full Context: Rotten Fruit and the Tree From Which It Fell
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/19/putting-collateral-murder-in-full-context-rotten-fruit-and-the-tree-from-which-it-fell/"></a>Recently, Wikileaks, an online whistleblower ...

Open Letter from Hans Kung to Catholic Bishops
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

We wanted to make sure that folks saw <a href="http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2010/0416/1224268443283.html" target="_blank">this letter</a> that circulated in the ...

Why Can't I Just Shut Up?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I have a problem. My internal filter doesn't always work. I have a problem. My internal filter doesn't always work. Sometimes thoughts that aren't fully formed but ...

Africa's 'Weapons of Mass Destruction'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I was watching the news coverage on the meeting of world leaders in Washington hosted by President Obama on reducing nuclear weapons and ensuring that these do not get into the hands of terrorists ...

Looking Beyond the U.S. for Emerging Church Trends
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.freshworship.org/node/660"></a>[<a href="../tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the Sojour ...