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Jesus and Justice Always Kiss: A Plea to Youth Pastors Making Out with Empire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | 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 - 7:17am | 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 - 3:39pm | 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 - 7:17am | 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 - 7:17am | 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 - 7:17am | 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 - 3:39pm | 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 - 7:17am | 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 - 7:17am | 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 - 7:17am | 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 - 3:39pm | 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 - 7:17am | 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 - 7:17am | 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 - 3:39pm | 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 - 7:17am | 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 - 7:17am | 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 - 7:17am | 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 - 7:17am | 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 - 3:39pm | 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 - 7:17am | 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 - 3:39pm | 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 - 3:39pm | 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 - 7:17am | 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 - 7:17am | 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 - 7:17am | 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 - 7:17am | 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 - 7:17am | 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 - 3:39pm | 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 - 6:52am | 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 - 7:17am | 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 ...

Policy and Organizing: A Year in Review
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

It was quite a busy year for the policy team at Sojourners, and we can already hear the challenges and opportunities of 2009 calling for our attention. It was quite a busy year fo ...

An Evangelical Heritage of Gender Equality
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

How many times have you heard the oft-repeated claim that Christians who advance the shared authority and leadership of men and women in the church and home ignore the authority of scripture? ...

Rich Cizik, Pioneer for New Evangelicals, Resigns from NAE
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

Rich Cizik has been a pioneer in the "new evangelical" movement and a real hero, especially to the next generation of young believers. Rich Cizik has been a pioneer in t ...

Audio: Change We Can Believe In
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

In this clip Pastor Efrem talks about how, in order to be change agents in society, we need to change a church divided by race, class, and culture.</p> In this clip Pastor E ...

Remembering Merton on the 40th Anniversary of His Death
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

1968 was a year filled with tragic deaths, of young leaders lost. 1968 was a year filled with tragic deaths, of young leaders lost. In April, we reflected on 40 th anniversary ...

Election Night Unity, Online Animosity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

<strong>Jamie</strong>: We took a puzzle system of trains for about an hour or so until we pulled to an unexpected stop on the tracks, just feet from the platform of 125th Street. ...

My Advent Calendar: December 8
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> As mentioned in an earlier post , this year's Advent calenda ...

Hard Times
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Recently, West Side Chicago folks went down to the state Capitol ...

My Advent Calendar: December 3
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> I love Advent. I love lighting the candles on the Advent wreath, si ...

Who Moved My Cheese?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>"The cheese is gone, someone came in and stole the cheese."</p> "The cheese is gone, someone came in and stole the cheese." I looked at Sh ...

Continuing the Abortion Conversation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

This is the sequel to the original <a title="http://eugenecho.wordpress.com/2008/10/30/the-abortion-conversation/" href="http://eugenecho.wordpress.com/2008/10/30/the-abortion-conversation/&q ...

Holy Insecurity
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 1:15pm | Type: Magazine Article

Diana Butler Bass Honest preaching in difficult days. For Catholics and mainline Protestants, the weekly Sunda ...

What If All Churches Treated Women as Jesus Did?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Do you wonder why the words and deeds of Christ are not given more attention in the current gender debate? Do you wonder why the words and deeds of Christ are not given more atten ...

Thinking Thankfully About Money
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>When you are giving thanks this week, why not give thanks for money? Sound crass? It shouldn ...

God's Spirit is for Everybody: Achievements, Challenges, and Our Identity in Obama's America, Part 3
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=4027">continued from part 2</a>] [<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/romal-tune-joel-sermon">read all four parts</a> ...

Listening and Learning in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

In October I spent a week in Amman, Jordan, listening to Arab Christians from Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon, and Egypt. In October I spent a week in Amman, Jordan, listening to Arab Ch ...

Paul's Teaching on Women in Context
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Do you often find comfort and insight, even direction for your life, through a careful study of scripture? Do you believe that God's truth is found in the pages of the Bible? ...

Father Roy Bourgeois Faces Excommunication for Support of Women's Ordination
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

"I know you know what you're doing," Janice Sevre-Duszynska told Father Roy Bourgeois when he agreed to co-preside and give the homily at her ordination Mass, "but do you know what you' ...

Keeping the 'Consistent' in 'Consistent Ethic of Life'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Twelve years ago this week, the Catholic Church lost one of her great and humble leaders, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin.</p> Twelve years ago this week, the Catholic Church lost ...

Men, Women, and Biblical Equality
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Christians for Bibilical Equality's statement on "<a title="http://www.cbeinternational.org/new/about/biblical_equality.shtml" href="http://www.cbeinternational.org/new/about/biblic ...