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Give Smart: Three Tips to Make Donations Count
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

A lot of us don't have as much disposable income as we had two or three years ago. Some of us have a lot less. But Christmas is coming, and we still want to give. A lot of us ...

That Thieving Christ and Advent
Originally Posted: 11/14/2011 - 11:04pm | Type: Blog

In this season in which we find ourselves there is an anticipatory feeling in the air. A waiting, a longing, and yearning. This is a time filled with preparations and signs and symbols. ...

Buy Nothing Day as Advent Activism Against the Demon Mammon
Originally Posted: 12/07/2011 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

As per usual, on Friday, we had all sorts of Buy Nothing Day festivities. But that's not what I want to talk about. [ Editors' ...

This Thanksgiving, Enough is Enough
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The political ads are finally off the air. (We can all give thanks for that!) But now there is a new wave of advertisements hitting all of us. Each one will give us a different reason to consume. ...

This Christmas, Do We Go Local, Fair Trade, or Make Our Own?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Christmas is a month away and Christmas music is already playing, guaranteeing that by the time the season actually arrives, we will be so heartily sick of it that we take no notice -- and in the p ...

Seeking Mercy (and Justice) in Mississippi
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In 1994, Jamie and Gladys Scott were convicted in a Mississippi state court. In 1994, Jamie and Gladys Scott were convicted in a Mississippi state court. Despite the fact that Jai ...

Why I'm at Sojourners
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I was concerned last week when I received a phone call from a person who informed me that there was no way I could both be a Christian and work for Sojourners. I was concerned l ...

Darth Vader Goes Swimming and Clarity Floods In
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | 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 ...

Mother of Exiles
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Bill and I were vacationing in Michigan when we received the call from the White House asking if Bill would <a href="http://lynnehybels.blogspot.com/2010/07/bills-introductory-comments-for.html"&g ...

An Early BP Christmas Present? Please, God, No
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"Spill" sounds so innocuous, doesn't it? "Spill" sounds so innocuous, doesn't it? "Whoops, I spilled some milk." It doesn't seem like ...

Planting Trees on Good Friday
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

After a hard winter in the Eastern United States, spring offers a resurrection. Particularly here in the Appalachian Bible Belt, we're looking toward Easter.</p> After ...

A Real Hero
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> For the last four years I have been living and working in sout ...

The Flight to Egypt and the Continuing Challenges of Refugees
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>E<a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598797936_nbwfz"></a>piphany has passed as well as Coptic Christmas earlier in January ...

Christmas in the Trenches
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>We first published this reflection by Jim Wallis in 2002. It has since become our Christmas tradition, kind of our own Charlie Brown Christmas special, if you will. With the ongoing conflicts raging d ...

Praying the Hand
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I do not remember where I learned the idea that the hand represents a pattern of prayer. I do not recall my mother or other teachers teaching it to me. I do not remember where I ...

Unconditional Incarnation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

<em>O come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant ...</em></p> O come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant ... It was a chilly December night in downto ...

Stepping Back from Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598834757_gbP3y"></a>For much of the world, the heart of Bethlehem is found down a narr ...

'Twas a Week Before Christmas: A D.C. Holiday Poem
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

'Twas a week before Christmas, and all through my city<br /> Politicians were scrambl'n, it wasn't very pretty.<br /> Health care and climate were up in the air, ...

My Hometown Makes the Front Page of The Washington Post
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p>At a recent holiday party, I tried to describe my hometown of Warren, Ohio.</p&g ...

'Stand up for Christmas'?!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Here's a post from one of my favorite blogs titled, <em><a href="http://dritta.wordpress.com/2009/12/12/stand-up-for-christmas/" target="_blank">'Stand Up for Christma ...

Rediscovering Values: A Book I Didn't Plan to Write
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> I am an Evangelical Christian. What does that mean ...

Guess Who's Getting a Christmas Bonus
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p>Do you think you'll get a Christmas bonus this year? I know one person who wi ...

How 'Scroogenomics' Is Saving My Christmas
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> I recently heard a clip on NPR referencing a new ...

Fired Up About Financial Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p>I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore ...

In Praise of Christmas Materialism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> 'Tis the season. As we get into the full ritua ...

Advent: Hope for Immigrants Too
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Last year at Christmastime one of my neighbors was deported. The next day his mother showed up to volunteer as a gift wrapper at our annual community Christmas Store. Last year at ...

I've Done It. I've Reclaimed Christmas.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I refuse to write a blog about how overwhelmed I am by the holiday season. I'm not going to wax eloquent about how the season I loved most as a child has become the source of excruciating stress. ...

Advent Echoes: Checkpoints and Childbirth on a West Bank Winter Night
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>Although Hani Abu Haikal is a Muslim, he probably can identify with the sense of panic Joseph and Mary must have felt as they searc ...

Christmas Toy Drives Bring Protests of Anti-Immigrant Discrimination
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Last week we received word from Houston, Texas, that some charitable organizations would screen out the children of undocumented residents of the city when it comes time to distribute toys and othe ...

Make Your Wish List a Giving List
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I have mixed feelings about wish lists. They rob Christmas of creativity, surprise, and personal contact, but they make shopping much, much easier. I have mixed feelings about wis ...

Christmas is Supposed to Be Crusty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It's time to haul out the Christmas lights and stockings, Advent calendars, and odd-shaped Santa pillows from grandparents. Every year I sort of dread dragging all the chaos out of the basement. ...

World AIDS Day and Rosa Parks' Civil Disobedience
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

December 1 is World AIDS Day. December 1 is also the day that Rosa Parks refused to yield her seat on a bus in Montgomery. December 1 is World AIDS Day. December 1 is also the d ...

This the Morning
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Scott Cairns This is the Month, and this the happy morn Wherein the Son of Heav’ns eternal King, Of wedded Maid, and Virgin Mother born, ...

Fair Trade Christmas Lists and Links
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

So the stores are playing Christmas music and down here in Texas the highs are only the 70s and 80s, so the holiday season must be upon us. So the stores are playing Christmas mus ...

Advent: Apocalypse Now?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations caused by the roaring of the sea and the waves," proclaims Jesus in the gospel of Luke. ...

A Tale of Two Hospitals: How Sugar Water Helps Make Christmas Sad
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

This year we were planning to see my folks for Christmas. It won't happen. This year we were planning to see my folks for Christmas. It won't happen. The bills for our ...

Hark! Halloween Haters and Holiday Hype
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Halloween is over. I was standing in the kitchen tonight pilfering through the bowl of chewy, crinkly wrapped treats that my children acquired last night. Poor things. They do all the work of running ...

One Hundred Eyes for One Eye
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

One hundred tons of bombs are Israel's way of saying to the captive citizens of Gaza, Merry Christmas, Happy Eid (feast), and Happy New Year. One hundred tons of bombs are Is ...

Being Mindful of Our Blessings
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

During this time of Advent, a season of cheer and joy, there are people who do not have much in economic standings or bank balances to be cheerful or grateful for. During this tim ...

Christmas in the Trenches
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em><em>We first published this reflection by Jim Wallis in 2002. It has since become our Christmas tradition, kind of our own</em></em> Charlie Brown Christmas <em><em>spec ...

My Advent Calendar: December 24
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> The Christmas Eve window hid a picture of the baby Jesus with his ar ...

The Promise of Christmas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

At the time of year when Christians proclaim the birth of the Prince of Peace, in too many places our world remains wracked by violence, and our efforts to end it seem futile. ...

My Advent Calendar: December 19
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> I missed yesterday's Advent reflection. Although I woke up earl ...

Border Walls Keep Out Mary and Baby
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

She walks the trails until her ankles swell and her back pulsates with pain. She walks the trails until her ankles swell and her back pulsates with pain. Her abdomen, swollen with ...

My Advent Calendar: December 16
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> The 16th window on the cathedral revealed a gargoyle-not exactly a t ...

My Advent Calendar: December 15
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>This morning, I found window 15 outside the church building on the stairs leading up to the cathedra ...

Holy Land Holidays
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Thanks to the folks at <a href="http://www.simpleliving.org">Alternatives for Simple Living</a>, I've been refocusing how I celebrate the Christmas holidays. ...

My Advent Calendar: December 13
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>The December 13 window opens to the fourth gospel-the eagle symbol of the evangelist John.</p> ...

My Advent Calendar: December 12
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>Following on the theme of the last two windows, Dec. 12 on the Advent calendar opened to a picture o ...

Dear Santa, All I Want for Christmas...
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Dear Santa,</p> <p>I remember how Christmas used to be when I was a little girl: waking up early Christmas morning, racing downstairs to see the presents and unwrapping gifts.</p> ...