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Tools for a God-Focused Lent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

During the Lenten season, I decided to see how I could put into practice this <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/02/27/confession-radicalism-often-turns-people-into-jerks-rather-than-lovers/">g ...

Stingy Givers
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

J. Dana Trent Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don't Give Away More Money, by Christian Smith and Michael O. Emerson, with ...

Work in Love, Not Fear
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Mary Cole-Duvall Thanks for Jim Wallis’ thoughts in “A Pastoral Strategy for Hard Times” (December 2008). Our church is gearing up to assi ...

The Giving Plate
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jeannie Choi In the wake of the worst economic crisis since the Great ...

There's Just Something About Madea
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The first three screenings of Tyler Perry's new film, Madea Goes to Jail, that I tried to go to last week were sold out. When I finally did get a ticket, I had one of the last single seats in the ...

Beyond Church Walls: Reflections on Faith in Action
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>Growing up Catholic in San Francisco, I was fortunate to be raised with a passion for social ...

Let's Talk About Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Most of my life I have been thinking about race and religion -- as a child when my family left my native Costa Rica to move to inner-city New Jersey, as a teenager struggling to develop my faith an ...

The Sad State of Dialogue on Civil Unions
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I am an evangelical Christian who attends church regularly, so I was surprised to see a worship service on the grounds of the Hawaii state capitol this past Sunday. I am an evange ...

Audio: The Right Relationships to Fight Physical and Spiritual Poverty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Preaching from the story of Ezekiel and the dry bones, Pastor Efrem describes the "right relationships" that God wants to bring about for both physical and spiritual change in our lives. ...

Ash Wednesday: Concrete Solidarity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em>Bible readings from the Revised Common Lectionary: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 51; 2nd Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21.</em></p> Bible readings f ...

Green My Hood
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

Is it possible to create a new economy in the hood that would create jobs, lower energy costs, reduce the carbon footprint of an urban neighborhood, and allow neighbors to get to know one another a ...

A First Person Fight for the Millenium Development Goals
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>I am the tenth of 17 children from a polygamous East African family. I hail from the village ...

From Cultural Conformity to Biblical Obedience
Originally Posted: 03/14/2013 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p align="justify">So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. ...

10 Reasons We Don't Like to Talk About Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Last week, I shared a post titled "<a title="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/02/19/eric-holder-on-america-and-race-a-nation-of-cowards/" href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/02/19/eric-holder-on-am ...

Prayer, Renewal, and Action on Immigration Week
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Jesus said in Matthew chapter 18, "Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them." God is showing up in a powerful way amongst immigrants and non-immigrants alike all ...

Audio: Improving Our Party Invitations
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In this clip, with Acts 2:36ff as his text, Pastor Efrem describes the church as the expression of the invitation to the party of God's kingdom -- and questions why so few are saying yes. ...

Love God=End Poverty: Why I'm Going to the Mobilization to End Poverty
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>A year ago, anyone driving around Columbus, Ohio, was likely to see a billboard with the slo ...

Tulia and Jena: America in Miniature
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I moved to Tulia, Texas, in the summer of 1998, a year before <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/02/10/the-war-on-drugs-in-tulia-texas/">a massive drug bust decimated the black side of town< ...

The Daringly Awkward Sermon Contest
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Last month I started some contract work for <a href="http://www.geezmagazine.org/"><em>Geez</em> magazine</a>. Last month I started some contract ...

Friendship Across Fences: Communion and Civil Disobedience on the U.S.-Mexico Border
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

Photos by <a href="http://www.livingontheborder.com">Karl W. Hoffman</a></p> <p>Each Sunday afternoon, people from San Diego and Tijuana gather to celebrate communion at a ...

Jesus and Justice Always Kiss: A Plea to Youth Pastors Making Out with Empire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

That U.S. megaphone of amazing grace, Shane Claiborne, was recently moved to tears after witnessing a youth gathering in Australia. That U.S. megaphone of amazing grace, Shane Cla ...

Pastor-in-Chief
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In this week's town hall meetings, President Obama demonstrated an important aspect of his office: Pastor-in-Chief.</p> In this week's town hall meetings, Presiden ...

Lord, Save Us From Your Followers: Neo-Apologetics and a Return to Civility
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001O9CCRU?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001O9CCRU">&l ...

An Education in Border Injustice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

As I sat in the federal court room in Tucson witnessing the sentencing of over 60 people who had been caught crossing the border between the U.S. As I sat in the federal court roo ...

Greener Gatherings
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The day after Obama was sworn in as president, Trinity Institute launched its annual conference titled <a href="http://www.trinitywallstreet.org/education/?institute-default">"Radical Abun ...

Audio: Shifting How We 'Have Church'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In this clip, Pastor Efrem talks about how the church has constantly changed throughout history to get closer to God's heart. In this clip, Pastor Efrem talks about how the c ...

Milk, Honey, and Miter Saws
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> In this month's issue of Sojourners magazine, Wal ...

Remembering Millard Fuller
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Millard Fuller, the founder of Habitat for Humanity, died yesterday. Millard Fuller, the founder of Habitat for Humanity, died yesterday. Poor and homeless of the world lose his ...

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

Today I listened to a persecuted woman, mother to mother. Today I listened to a persecuted woman, mother to mother. Idia, the wife of disappeared pastor William Reyes, held m ...

Tips on Bridging the Persistent Digital Divide
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Even in our current political climate, as President <a title="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1XWvs7SL5I&amp;eurl=http://www.freepress.net/ Obama demands" href="http://www.youtube.com/wat ...

Jimmy Carter Interview: 'We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Former President Jimmy Carter just published a new book about the ongoing violent unrest in the Middle East titled, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1439140634?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=soj ...

Kingdom Values Over Cultural Prejudice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Do you find it curious that some Christians seem entirely focused on gender differences? Have you also noticed that this is rarely the posture of scripture? Do you find it curious ...

Seeking Reconciliation Between Rich and Poor in Immokalee
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

When I think of Immokalee, my mind remembers a place where reconciliation has come alive. When I think of Immokalee, my mind remembers a place where reconciliation has come alive. ...

When Jesus and Justice Kiss
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It seems that much of our conversation as a Church is in a perpetual cycle of reaction. We are tempted to exaggerate the neglected truth, and end up making incomplete disciples, either social justice ...

A Controversial Approach to Healing Northern Ireland's Violent Past
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It's a significant week in Northern Ireland, with the latest development in the long-running peace process. It's a significant week in Northern Ireland, with the latest ...

Bringing Word and Music Together Against Poverty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I am very honoured and excited to be invited to the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/mobilization">Mobilization to End Poverty</a> in April. I am very honoured a ...

Service Careers Still Valued Less than 'Real Jobs'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In December an Australian cell phone company refused to sell a phone to a stay-at-home mom because she didn't have a real job. In December an Australian cell phone company re ...

God Showing Up in Older Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It's happened twice in as many months: God showing up in an older woman. A stranger offering me her blessing. Not offering it so much as insisting on it, now that I think about it.</p> ...

'The Needs of the Poor Take Priority Over the Desires of the Rich'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> As a Catholic, I have been taught about the importance of the po ...

When One Suffers, All Suffer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Have you ever noticed how scripture celebrates our interdependence, our mutuality, and our oneness as the church? Have you ever noticed how scripture celebrates our interdependenc ...

An Inauguration Pilgrimage: Dreams From My Mother
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>We waited for 30 minutes. Standing, awkward, we looked up at the board. When I arrived at Penn Station the board said train #167, enroute to Washington D.C., "25 mins late"... Five minutes l ...

Bishop Robinson's Lost Prayer at the Inaugural Kick-off
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Sunday afternoon, I sat in front of the TV with a box of tissues and watched every second of the "We Are One" concert at the Lincoln Memorial live on HBO.</p> ...

Changing the Image of Religion: The New Faith Coalition
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The day after the inauguration, I will be joining with Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, and Christian leaders at the National Prayer Service for our new president. The day after the inaugur ...

Look Who's Praying at the Inauguration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The first openly gay Episcopal bishop.</p> <p>The first female president of the Disciples of Christ.</p> The first openly gay Episcopal bishop. The first fem ...

Audio: Taking 'Change We Can Believe In' to the Next Level
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It was hard to narrow this sermon down to a short clip -- it makes so many good points! It was hard to narrow this sermon down to a short clip -- it makes so many good points! In ...

Racial Reconciliation: A Necessary Conversion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In 2001, my husband Bill was jolted out of racial complacency. In 2001, my husband Bill was jolted out of racial complacency. Through books he read and conversations he had with A ...

This Feels Like Family: The Obama Inauguration and Beyond
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

As my mother and I prepare to "Thelma and Louise-it" to travel to Washington for the Obama inauguration, my excitement is tempered with anxiety. As my mother and I prepa ...

Hope for Troubled Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Reading through today's <a title="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/13/opinion/13tue1.html?ref=opinion" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/13/opinion/13tue1.html?ref=opinion" ...

Women Missionaries Who Can't Preach at Home
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Do you have family or friends on the mission field who are women? How many of them preach, teach, and exercise their gifts of leadership beside men on the mission field? Do you ha ...

Release Your Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

When we think of megachurches, very often we imagine large evangelical congregations-numbering in the thousands, located in the United States. When we think of megachurches, very ...