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Taking It to the Streets
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 11:19am | Type: Magazine Article

Charita Ford Does our theology have anything to say to African-American gang girls? It should. AS I ATTENDED ...

Four Reasons Churches Stink at Transformation (and What We Can Do About It)
Originally Posted: 01/10/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

The most important transformations are spiritual and emotional ones. Yet, the fitness community does transformations better than churches do. Though we have many stories of people ...

Swept Under the Rug
Originally Posted: 01/10/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Today churches are often rocked with sexual harassment and abuse perpetrated by priests and clergy. Yet, sexual harassment and abuse to clergy, specifically clergywomen, is often swept under the rug. ...

Church Shouldn’t Be This Hard
Originally Posted: 01/09/2014 - 9:54am | Type: Blog

After 36 years of serving churches as a pastor and consultant, I came to a startling conclusion the other day. My conclusion: Religion shouldn’t be this hard. After 36 years of se ...

Telling the Forbidden Truth
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank About Faith. White Cloud Press THE WOMEN I ...

What If We Listened?
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

How about if we put down our dukes and listen? How about if we refrain from seeing differences as a threat — even if opinions are delivered in a somewhat threatening way — and instead seek to see stories? ...

The 25 Best Progressive Victories Of 2013
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 10:44am | Type: Press

January 1, 2014 Sojo in the News Peter Dreier ...

Sojo's Top 10 Blog Articles for 2013
Originally Posted: 12/26/2013 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

Sojo editors looked back at the blogs of 2013 and found that these were the 10 most widely read Sojourner blog articles of the past year. Sojo editors looked back at the blogs of ...

The Christmas Wars Are Over, And Christmas Won
Originally Posted: 12/20/2013 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

If there is indeed a “War on Christmas,” those on the anti-Christmas side of the war have lost — big time. If there is indeed a “War on Christmas,” those on the anti-Christmas sid ...

Six Reasons Americans Still Need Christianity
Originally Posted: 12/20/2013 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

Churches are among the few places that inspire deep, authentic, messy, and real community. They go out of their way to involve people and connect them via small groups, activities, and an endless variety of in ...

VIDEO: Lifting Up Women's Voices
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 6:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Learn more about the Sojourners Women and Girls (SWAG) work. For far too long, women have been tr ...

Remembering Our True Source of Joy
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 2:52pm | Type: Blog

Amidst the sadness and injustice of the world, we need to remember that in all things, Jesus is our source of joy. As we prepare for the coming of Christ, the third Sunday of adve ...

The Sounds of Silencing—And Speaking Out
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Angela Kissel Her pastor told her it was 'against scripture' for females to preach. When furlough ...

One Church, One Body
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis When racism is tolerated, the reconciling work of Christ on the cross is contradicted. IN OCTOBER, ...

Serving Two Masters: When Church and Justice Don't Agree
Originally Posted: 11/26/2013 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

Methodist minister Rev. Frank Schaefer (not to be confused with Frank Schaeffer) has come up against what some might call a conflict of interest in living out his call as a minister of the gospel. ...

Jim Wallis | On God's Side
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:35pm | Type: Press

November 24, 2013 Sojo in the News Jonathan Armstrong ...

Aging Expert Vern Bengtson: Boomers Will Return to Church
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 6:21pm | Type: Blog

Baby boomers might not be that different from the Greatest Generation when it comes to religion. Baby boomers might not be that different from the Greatest Generation when it com ...

Sunday Mornings Are Broken
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 6:00pm | Type: Blog

In a tech newsletter I read, two colleagues addressed the end of the world of the personal computer that they spent three decades mastering. In a tech newsletter I read, two colle ...

Church of England 'One Generation from Extinction’ Says Former Archbishop
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 5:43pm | Type: Blog

A former archbishop of Canterbury has warned that the Church of England faces extinction in less than 25 years unless it can attract more young people now. A former archbishop of ...

'Gothic Piles' No Longer Necessary for Finding Faith
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 2:35pm | Type: Blog

It’s a struggle, both here and elsewhere in the 21st-century Christian world. Buildings with “beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God,” as Luke described the temple in ancient Jerusalem, are falling into d ...

A Pilgrimage Not of Her Choosing
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Debbie McLeod Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic. Knopf. I CAN’T WRITE a completely unbiased, academic revie ...

Beyond Anger Management
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Tony Lapp What your church can do to address abusive behaviors. IN THE PAST, programs like Menergy were often ...

Naming the Sin
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Michelle D. Bernard Are churches helping to stop domestic violence—or enabling it? JULIE OWENS had no way of ...

Called to Lead
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Toya Richards Jackson More and more African-American women are called to ministry—yet still excluded from the pulpit. ...

Unravelling Grace
Originally Posted: 11/04/2013 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

I am entangled and grace comes and unravels all of that — whatever "that" is — and sets me free. Grace unravels me, my sense of self that has been shaped by all the other expectations I carry so tigh ...

Calatrava Unveils Designs for Ground Zero Church Destroyed on 9/11
Originally Posted: 11/01/2013 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

Twelve years after falling rubble from the World Trade Center towers destroyed St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, images have been released showing the design for an elaborate new building. ...

Supreme Court to Consider Religious Prayer At Government Meetings
Originally Posted: 11/01/2013 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

In a case that could determine restrictions on expressions of faith in the public square, the Supreme Court on Wednesday will consider religious prayers that convene government meetings. ...

Do Churches Alienate Intellectuals?
Originally Posted: 10/29/2013 - 5:31pm | Type: Blog

Recently, it's been said that smarter people prefer not to go to church or believe in God, but maybe part of the problem is that churches won't let them in — or they’ve already kicked them out! There ...

After Racial Strife, New Pledge Commits Christians to Unity and Solidarity
Originally Posted: 10/31/2013 - 10:02am | Type: Press

October 24, 2013 Press Releases At the end of a year that exposed the ...

If You Build It, Mean It
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 12:51pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes I think that "contemporary" or "alternative" services function more like cages in a liturgical zoo rather than a means to encourage participation in the life of a congregation. In ...

Have Churches Abandoned the Elderly?
Originally Posted: 10/23/2013 - 7:22am | Type: Blog

Christians have suffered from the sin of apathy, being guilty of ignoring a large segment of believers — the elderly — who are continually forced into the shadows of our ministries, leadership structures, publ ...

Why I Cry in Church
Originally Posted: 10/18/2013 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

There are so few places where we can bring our raw emotions without a self-conscious need to explain or escape to the nearest bathroom, which happens when we get teary-eyed at work or in line at Home Depot. Pe ...

Challenge and Disruption
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

After nearly 50 years of relentless decline in mainline churches, business as usual is a sinking ship. The way forward lies in fresh ideas, turnaround strategies, entrepreneurial enthusiasm for risk, and learn ...

An Open Letter to the Evangelical Church: I Am Not Your Punch Line
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 6:11pm | Type: Blog

When family drama shows up in the church, it grieves me. It riles me up like nothing else does because it is in my identity as a Christian and Jesus-follower where I am all of who God created me to be and has ...

The Church's Call in Educating Their Community's Children
Originally Posted: 10/13/2013 - 8:22pm | Type: Blog

What is the call or consideration of the church to the topic of education? What role does the church have in the education of the community? I love October. As a teacher, it was t ...

Ex-Mormons Aren’t ‘Lazy or Sinful,’ Church Leader Dieter Uchtdorf Says
Originally Posted: 10/07/2013 - 3:18pm | Type: Blog

It is wrong to assume that Mormons who leave the faith “have been offended or lazy or sinful,” a top leader told members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday during the church’s 183rd ...

Program Aims To Build New Generation Of African-American Church Leaders
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:32pm | Type: Press

October 4, 2013 Sojo in the News J Michael Parker ...

Becoming Fluent in the Language of Hope
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C THE CELEBRATED PHILOSOPHER Ludwig Wittg ...

What We Need Right Now
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 12:34pm | Type: Blog

Laws can help to restrain us, and can help by making it a little less easy for us to find ourselves armed for murder. But we need something more, something that churches are better equipped to offer than legis ...

Five Things That Are Holding Christianity Back
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 9:06am | Type: Blog

In my ongoing effort to help name trends and offer an alternative way of thinking about our faith, here are the five biggest things I’ve seen that tend to keep us from doing our best work as the living, breath ...

Pope Francis Tells Atheists to ‘Obey Their Conscience’
Originally Posted: 09/12/2013 - 12:52pm | Type: Blog

Once again breaking with traditional Vatican protocol, Pope Francis on Wednesday penned a long letter to the Italian liberal daily La Repubblica to affirm that an “open dialogue free of prejudices” between Chr ...

Diverse But Not Integrated: Religion’s Race Problem
Originally Posted: 08/30/2013 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

The trouble is that, as the color-coded population distributions in the article point out, we’re just as segregated as before, despite living in relatively close proximity to one another. ...

Worshippers’ Digital Distraction May Not Be All Bad
Originally Posted: 08/20/2013 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

Tyler Woolstenhulme might be loath to admit it, but sometimes he’s not paying attention in church. He will happily confess that he’s not the only one. Tyler Woolstenhulme might ...

The Church: Imitate or Innovate?
Originally Posted: 08/09/2013 - 2:43pm | Type: Blog

We all realize that a copy is never as good as the original. Unfortunately, we have a difficult time grasping this truth in the church. We have ceased innovating and settled for imitating. ...

The Fake Church v. the Real Church
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

Our faith in Christ gives us hope and strength and courage, but it doesn’t erase reality, and it isn’t meant to create a flawless utopia where we can escape from the world’s problems. But many churches attempt ...

What About the Women?
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Carol Keehan Pope Francis is clearly on a mission to alter the status quo, but will that extend to greater freedom for women's leade ...

At the Door of the Church
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

This is a challenge to white and black people of faith. [This is adapted from an earlier version of the article "At the Door of the Church," which appeared in the Nove ...

Moving From the Sanctuary to Social Networks
Originally Posted: 07/30/2013 - 2:38pm | Type: Blog

People are no longer tethered to the church at the corner, or to the denomination of their parents, or to the fast-fading routines of Sunday morning worship. People can seek God at whatever time or place the u ...

Climate Change and the Church
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

Expressing her opinion that climate change is no longer about energy efficient behavior but rather about national policy, spiritual leader, Marilyn Sewell argues the importance of what it takes to preserve the ...

A New Hymn for Lamenting Gun Violence and Racism
Originally Posted: 07/23/2013 - 8:43am | Type: Blog

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, a pastor who is a foster mother to a four year-old African American boy, wrote this hymn after George Zimmerman was found not guilty for his shooting of Trayvon Martin. ...