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Evangelical leaders urge Obama, Congress to reform immigration
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 3:44pm | Type: Press

November 26, 2012 Sojo in the News Florida Baptist Witness ...

As poverty remains stagnant, churches call for greater advocacy
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 1:59pm | Type: Press

September 12, 2012 Sojo in the News Jeanie Groh ...

Billboard: 'Love Muslim Neighbors'
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 1:54pm | Type: Press

September 14, 2012 Sojo in the News Courier-Journal.com ...

What the Most Negative Election in U.S. History Says About Us
Originally Posted: 11/09/2012 - 2:27pm | Type: Blog

In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, we learned that President Barack Obama would remain the leader of the free world. But his victory came at a price. He and Governor Mitt Romney now have the honor of parti ...

Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne: A Conversation About Politics
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne,in conversation about politics and faith, in an excerpt from their new book "Red Letter Revolution: What If Jesus Really Meant What He Said?" ...

Study: Muslims and Hindus Less Likely to Have Premarital Sex
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 1:51pm | Type: Blog

With their “True Love Waits” jewelry, conferences and T-shirts, Christians may be the face of the abstinence movement, but Muslims and Hindus are more likely to abstain from premarital sex. ...

Young Evangelicals Disagree With Their Political Party on Range of Issues, Study Suggests
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 2:42pm | Type: Press

October 18, 2012 Sojo in the News Napp Nazworth ...

Meet the Nones: Pouring Out Love
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 10:08am | Type: Blog

Whether there is a God or not, pouring as much love into the world as I can will leave the place better than I found it. And if there is a God who resembles what ancient humans set down in the Bible, so much t ...

Oregon Dentist Fined for Pressuring Employee to Attend Scientology Seminar
Originally Posted: 10/09/2012 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

State labor officials have ordered a dentist to pay nearly $348,000 to settle allegations that he threatened to fire a dental assistant unless she attended a Scientology-related training session. ...

Campaigns’ Faith Outreach Centers on Economy
Originally Posted: 10/08/2012 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

With voters focused intently on pocketbook issues, both Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are framing their faith-outreach efforts around the economy as the presidential campaign enters its final weeks. ...

The Lord Says: 'Love Thy (Muslim) Neighbor': Jewish and Christian Groups Reach Out to Muslims
Originally Posted: 10/05/2012 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

The racist, anti-Muslim ad in the New York Subway that used the language of civilized and savages has more than met its match. A large group of Jews and Christians have countered that hateful message by tappin ...

Debate Anti-Muslim Ads in NYC Subway
Originally Posted: 10/07/2013 - 11:31am | Type: Media

Jim Wallis Pamela Geller Up Close ...

Jim Wallis Faces Off With The Woman Behind Anti-Muslim NYC Subway Signs
Originally Posted: 10/01/2012 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

Maybe you've heard the buzz...On Sunday, Sojourners' CEO Jim Wallis appeared on a news program to debate Pamela Geller of the Freedom Defense Initiative and Stop Islamization of America, who put up a ...

Romney Courts Evangelicals With `Judeo-Christian’ Values
Originally Posted: 09/30/2012 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

Mitt Romney angered evangelicals during his first White House run in 2008 by blurring the theological lines between their faith and his Mormonism. Lurching in the other direction, he irked them again by scarce ...

A Christian With Conjunctions
Originally Posted: 10/01/2012 - 2:51pm | Type: Blog

The stakes of silence are high. If we don’t speak out and act on our moral mandate to reconcile with creation, we risk destroying God’s very creation. For most of my life, I have ...

The Big Something: When A Campaign Gets Personal
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

Our world is a powder keg, and Geller flagrantly lit a blowtorch with these ads, which, in case you were wondering, are protected fully under the Constitution. They may be legal, but they're not moral. ...

'Love Your Neighbor' Wasn't Just a Suggestion
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

The answer to bad religion is not secularism, as all the “new atheists” like to say; rather, it is better religion. And the best antidote to religious fundamentalism of all stripes is — in every case — the gen ...

A Hip Hop Gospel?
Originally Posted: 09/20/2012 - 7:58am | Type: Blog

Dozens of pop culture books have been written about using hip-hop to evangelize young people, to relate to their lives and bring them into the organized church. But Monica R. Miller, a visiting professor of re ...

How To (and Not To) Respond to the Current Crisis in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 09/20/2012 - 7:06am | Type: Blog

My heart is heavy. Every day for the last week, media outlets have told their version of the current uprising stretching across the Middle East (Egypt, Libya, Yemen). Whether it’s pictures of embassies burned ...

Charities Struggle with Hurricane Isaac Cleanup
Originally Posted: 09/20/2012 - 8:40am | Type: Blog

NEW ORLEANS — Faith-based ministries and local charities that are ramping up relief efforts after Hurricane Isaac say it's already clear that recovery will proceed without the national outpouring of money ...

Survey: Americans Overstate Size of Religious Minorities
Originally Posted: 09/17/2012 - 8:52am | Type: Blog

The typical American underestimates how many Protestants there are in the U.S., and vastly overestimates the number of religious minorities such as Mormons, Muslims, and atheist/agnostics, according to a new s ...

Is the Dalai Lama Calling for the End of Religion?
Originally Posted: 09/13/2012 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

It’s one thing when philosophers, atheists, or even religious folks on the fringes of a system call for serious reevaluation, but when the Dalai Lama says it, that’s enough to give me pause and wonder if this ...

BREAKING NEWS: Pastor Nadarkhani Acquitted of Apostasy Charges in Iran, Released from Prison
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 12:05pm | Type: Blog

According to a report late Friday from Christian Solidarity Worldwide, an international organization devoted to issues of religious freedom, Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, a Muslim convert to Christianity who has b ...

Olympian Gabby Douglas to Write Christian Book
Originally Posted: 09/06/2012 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

They call her the "Flying Squirrel" — Gabby Douglas, the pint-sized fire-cracker who won two gold medals (and the hearts of millions) at the 2012 Summer Olympics. So, what's next for the 16-year ...

UPDATE: Democrats RESTORE "God" to Party Platform
Originally Posted: 09/06/2012 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

UDATE: (Posted 9/6/12) Criticized by Republicans and some members of their own party, Democrats voted to restore the word “God” to the Democratic national platform late Wednesday (Sept. 5). The GOP had seized ...

Church No More: Part 6 — Back to Church Again
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

The saying “you can't go home again,” probably originated from Tom Wolfe's novel, You Can't Go Home Again. It's the story of an author who leaves his home, writes about it from a distance a ...

Obama, Romney Discuss Role of Faith in Their Lives
Originally Posted: 08/21/2012 - 9:55am | Type: Blog

In a recent poll by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, fewer than 50 percent of Americans identified Obama as a Christian. About 60 percent knew Romney is Mormon. The two discussed their faith in eight ...

GODSPEED: Former Sudanese 'Lost Boy' Now Running for God (and Team USA)
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

To coincide with the opening of the 2012 London Olympics on Friday, Christianity Today had an insightful profile of Team USA member and former "Lost Boy" — runner Lopez Lomong, who was abducted from ...

What Christians Mean When They Bless You
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 6:34am | Type: Blog

Christians toss out blessings like beads at Mardi Gras. They get offered so often and in so many contexts that it’s hard to know what exactly it means. So I thought I’d break down at least some of the kinds of ...

Farewell Chick-fil-A
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

Sure, I’ve known Chik-fil-A was a Christian-based organization with some values that leaned farther right than my own, but I respected their business model and ethic. Plus, I’m used to having fellow Christians ...

Ramadan Karim: Sojo Staffer Joins Imam for Islam's Monthlong Fast
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

Ramadan's first day of fasting began today at dawn. This year, Sojourners' Director of Mobilizing, Lisa Sharon Harper, has chosen to keep the fast during the Muslim holy month alongside our friend, I ...

Sojo seeks hate-crime probe of mosque fire
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 3:15pm | Type: Press

July 18, 2012 Sojo in the News Bob Allen ...

Five Things You Should Know About Religious Violence in Nigeria
Originally Posted: 07/14/2012 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

Ongoing violence in Nigeria has exacerbated tensions between the country's Muslims and Christians. Nigeria has equal numbers of Christians and Muslims, and 92 percent of the country's population says ...

Evangelicals Preach Unity On Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 2:53pm | Type: Press

July 6, 2012 Sojo in the News NPR ...

Theophony: A Theremin, a Yurt and a Band of Holy Fools
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 12:23pm | Type: Blog

At the 2011 Burning Man, pastor Phil Wyman and his merry band of "crazy friends" built an art installation called "The Pillars of the Saints" — three meditation towers constructed of wood i ...

Christian Patriotism: Love for the 'Other'
Originally Posted: 07/04/2012 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

When you hold yourself up as somehow favored in the eyes of God, it’s easy to hold those you deem as less favored to be somehow “less than,” and to dehumanize all who do not conform to your custom-built ideal ...

Sister Joan Chittister's Stanford Baccalaureate Address
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 6:25pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: Sister Joan Chittister, the Benedictine Catholic sister, author and social justice stalwart, delivered the Baccalaureate address at Stanford University a few weeks ago. On God's Poltic ...

Wild Goose 2012 Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 9:00am | Type: Blog

For the first hour I was there as I nearly passed out trying to set up a tent in the sweltering heat, I was in a panic mode wondering why I was stupid enough to subject myself to the discomfort and imperfectio ...

Church Sign Epic Fails: Volume XX
Originally Posted: 07/01/2012 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry, but it’s true. We’re 20 weeks into the Church Sign Epic Fails series and going strong. I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry, but it’s true. W ...

Wild Goose: A Sacred and Safe Place
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 11:56am | Type: Blog

In many hours of talking to Mike over the past few years, he has told me tales of horrible religious abuse; of being denied food because he had not said the appropriate prayer, of being evicted from the gospel ...

Social Location at the Goose
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

At Wild Goose, I was humbled to be among justice-seeking Christians seeking to follow in the footsteps of Jesus....It’s this voluntary reconsideration of wealth and rediscovery of our Christian justice traditi ...

When All the Church Can Say Is 'I'm Sorry'
Originally Posted: 07/01/2012 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

The whole experience was exhilarating, partly because it started out being utterly terrifying. It could have gone very differently, and in a different context, it still might. But that doesn’t mean that more p ...

Toward an Evangelical Peace Movement
Originally Posted: 06/27/2012 - 9:23am | Type: Blog

Given the historical record, it may seem the deck is stacked against American evangelicals organizing into a comprehensive peace movement — yet that’s exactly what’s happening. Bi ...

Faith Community Strives to Open Minds on Immigration
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 3:02pm | Type: Press

June 19, 2012 Sojo in the News Brian Fraga ...

The Gift of Stability
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 3:03pm | Type: Press

June 18, 2012 Sojo in the News Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove ...

Evangelical group calls for bipartisan, ‘humane’ immigration reform
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 1:56pm | Type: Press

June 12, 2012 Sojo in the News Jerilyn Forsythe ...

Evangelical Leaders Unite to Flex Political Power in Support of Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 01/09/2013 - 1:51pm | Type: Press

June 12, 2012 Sojo in the News Don Golden ...

Iran Releases Christian Pastor, Two Others Remain Imprisoned
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 7:01am | Type: Blog

BosNewsLife.com reports : TEHRAN, IRAN — Iran has released Pastor Mehdi “Petros” Foroutan who served about one year in prison following a police crackdown on his and other house churches,  a spokesman told BosNewsLife late Tuesday. Jason ...

Romney Learns How to Talk to Evangelicals
Originally Posted: 05/15/2012 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

It's no wonder that Mitt Romney won plaudits from evangelical bigwigs for his commencement speech at Liberty University on Saturday. It showed he's learned how to talk to them--or at least, learned t ...

Transcript: Romney's Liberty University Speech
Originally Posted: 05/14/2012 - 10:41am | Type: Blog

Mitt Romney on Saturday delivered the commencement speech at Liberty University. The Los Angeles Times has video and the full transcript of the speech. Mitt Romney on Saturday d ...