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Unemployed in the New Year
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

People tend to approach each New Year with optimism, but the latest news about unemployment was not particularly encouraging. People tend to approach each New Year with optimism, ...

How To Say Defiantly, 'I am Baptized!'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

At the baptism of our Lord, heaven simply could not contain God Godself and God the Spirit who interrupt the regularly scheduled programming to bring a very important message. At ...

Nonviolence is More Powerful Than Violence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In the midst of the American discussions of violence and <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/civility/" target="_blank">civility</a> in public discourse following the tragic shoot ...

Do Violent Words Cause Violence? Lessons from the Civil Rights Era
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/arizona/" target="_blank">tragic Arizona shootings</a> have sparked debate over an important question: What's the connection between v ...

God, We Have Heard It: A Hymn Lamenting Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note: </strong>Below is a hymn written by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette lamenting gun violence. We hope you find it helpful in light of the shootings in Arizona.]</em ...

Seeking Justice: Does it Really Matter?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday morning, I arrived at <a href="http://qcafe.org/" target="_blank">Q Cafe</a> as I do on nearly every work morning to begin a new day. Yes ...

Does Sunday School Have a Future?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Sunday school. It was one of the main reasons I enjoyed church as a child. As a young adult, it sometimes still is. But there's a conversation brewing: Does Sunday school have a future? ...

Archbishop Deng, George Clooney, and You
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Murderous regime in Khartoum, meet "<a href="http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2039887,00.html" target="_blank">Google Earth on lots of steroids</a>": It&# ...

Have Yourself a Revolutionary Christmas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Many of us are asking how we can "un-co-opt Christmas" from consumer culture. Asking questions like:</p> Many of us are asking how we can "un-co-opt Christmas ...

Southern Sudanese in Khartoum at Risk
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong>: South Sudan is preparing for its independence referendum on January 9 -- an event whose occurrence is threatened by North Sudan's intransigence ...

Human Beings Matter More Than Analogies
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Last week, I joined a conservative talk show in Cincinnati to talk about <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/11/30/pray-for-bernard-pray-for-the-dream/" target="_blank">Bernard Pastor& ...

This Advent, What Are You Waiting For?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

We Americans hate to wait. Whatever we want, we want it now. Pay-per-view. One-click shopping. Smart phones. Drive-through restaurants. We Americans hate to wait. Whatever we wan ...

The 12 Days of (a Grassroots) Christmas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

For those who are looking for something beyond the traditional 12 days of Christmas gift-giving shtick, here are some ideas I gleaned during my ongoing travels for <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp ...

DREAMS Should Not Be Illegal
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The House acted last night with boldness and leadership to pass the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/dream-act/" target="_blank">DREAM Act</a>. Th ...

Courage in a World of Labels
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Children's author Madeline L'Engle argues in her book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0865474877?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojourners-20&amp;linkCode=xm2&amp;camp=1789&amp;cr ...

Another Advent of 'Waiting' for Undocumented Students
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This Advent season, "waiting" has new meaning for hundreds of thousands of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/undocumented/" target="_blank">undocumented immigrant students&l ...

Thanksgiving Alone is Not Lonely
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

It had been a busy semester and the Tuesday before Thanksgiving I arrived back home from an exhausting American Academy of Religion meeting. It had been a busy semester and the Tu ...

Why I Will Feast This Thanksgiving
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 10:51am | Type: Blog

I am ready to give thanks. Last year, I joined my family for Thanksgiving but when the food was served, I could only watch. I am ready to give thanks. Last year, I joined my famil ...

Churches Key to Peace in Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<strong>[</strong><em><strong>Editor's Note:</strong> Voter registration has now started for South Sudan's January 9 referendum on independence -- an event whose occurre ...

Veterans' Suicides and Selective Conscientious Objection
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/conscientious-objection/" target="_blank"></a>This is the fourth installment of a series Logan Mehl-Laituri is writing for God's ...

Honor Roll: The Institute for Civility in Government
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a> </p> <p>[Editor's Note: Welcome to Sojourner's Truth and and Civility ...

7 Steps to Civility this Election Season
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> Last week, I asked you all to tell FOX ...

Getting Beyond Labels (Part I)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/truth-and-civility/" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Ever since Peter and Paul had opposing views about ministry to the Gentil ...

Friday Links Round Up: John Perkins, Laughter Yoga, a New Planet
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

John Perkins. Laughter yoga. A new planet. Here's a little round up of links from around the web you may have missed this week:</p> John Perkins. Laughter yoga. A new p ...

We Won't Back Down from Beck
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Ah, the evils of "social justice"! Ah, the evils of "social justice"! Until recently, I bet most of you didn't realize how dangerous that concept is, and ...

Is it REALLY the end of Men?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> Many were rightly shocked by the statistical assessment of males in our society by Hanna Rosin's article, " The End of Men ", in the Ju ...

Challenging Goliath: Justin Hudson
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://christianity.about.com/od/biblestorysummaries/p/davidandgoliath.htm">David and Goliath</a>. Da ...

What Kind of Church Do We Want?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

My wife Sarah and I recently moved to Baltimore and are knee-deep in that time-honored tradition of relocation: church shopping. My wife Sarah and I recently moved to Baltimore an ...

Justice and Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

We live in a world full of pain and injustice; there is no getting around that fact. We live in a world full of pain and injustice; there is no getting around that fact. We can hi ...

The Massachusetts Bible Society Got it Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Among all the responses to the planned (but now canceled) burning copies of the Quran on Saturday by a church in Florida, the <a href="http://www.massbible.org/burn-one-give-two">Massachusetts ...

The DRC: The Worst Place on Earth to be a Woman
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a beautiful, lush country, with fertile soil and rich minerals. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a beautiful, lush country, wi ...

Remembering Katrina: A Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">I arrived in the faith-based advocacy community in Washington, D.C. fresh out of divinity school. I arrived in the faith-based advocac ...

The Legacy of Martin Luther King: From 1963 to 2010
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100826_MLK.jpg"></a>[Editor's Note: In anticipation of the anniversary of the March on Washington on ...

In Honor of Women's Equality Day
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

It took more than 70 years of blood, work, and persistence, but the movement prevailed and on August 18, 1920, women were given the right to both vote and run for office. It took ...

Hymn for Pakistan: "Whatever You Do"
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This hymn can be a helpful one for churches seeking to support the relief efforts in Pakistan.</p> This hymn can be a helpful one for churches seeking to support the relief ...

The Best Part of Wanting to Change the World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I'm thankful that God rarely answers our constant requests wanting to know the future.</p> <p>Why?</p> I'm thankful that God rarely answers our constan ...

Why We Must Challenge Society's Notions of Beauty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The earliest representations of Jesus show him eating and healing. In both instances, those who shared the scenes with Jesus included misfits, outcasts, the infirm, and the impoverished. ...

Balancing Stillness and Action
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Like many others who are currently unemployed or partially employed, this seminary graduate finds herself with unexpected time on her hands. Like many others who are currently une ...

Death By Ministry: Why is Being a Pastor so Unhealthy?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Several years ago, I spent several hours/week doing research (and meeting with other pastors) about pastoral health and vitality for my denomination.</p> Several years ago, ...

Reel Images of Immigration: Dying to Live: A Migrant's Journey
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p> </p> <p>[Editor's Note: This week we will have a series of reviews on films with a focus on immigration. Check back each day for a new film review, and visit < ...

Reel Images of Immigration: Farmingville
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p> </p> <p>[Editor's Note: This week we will have a series of reviews on films with a focus on immigration. Check back each day for a new film review, and visit < ...

Update from Haiti: Despite Ruin, Pockets of Hope
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100809-haiti-partners-updat.jpg"></a>Driving today through Port-au-Prince in the glaring summer sun, there is still plenty of rubble being re ...

Seeking Peace Among the Peoples
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Last weekend, Christian leaders and lay persons from all walks of life and just about every denominational body came together for the <a href="http://www.peace2010.net/">Peace Among the Peoples ...

Using the Afghan War Diaries to Guide our Path to Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The details brought to us in the <a href="https://mail.sojo.net/owa/redir.aspx?C=a57607d98ddf41daad4719eb09bd2c7a&amp;URL=http%3a%2f%2fwardiary.wikileaks.org%2f" target="_blank">A ...

No Other Gods
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Celeste Kennel-Shank Why national flags don't belong in church. When I first heard the announcement to ri ...

A Step Towards Breaking the "Resource Curse"
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Here's a piece of good news you may have missed when President Obama signed <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/financial-regulation/">financial regulatory reform</a> into law last Wed ...

Supporting Churches and Synagogues for Social Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This spring, we saw an opportunity to join the efforts of Rev. This spring, we saw an opportunity to join the efforts of Rev. Jim Wallis and Sojourners to stand up to the Tea Part ...

Americans With Disabilities and the Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the landmark Americans With Disabilities Act, signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990. It seems a bit strange when you think about. ...

Glenn Beck and the Foolishness of the Cross
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Should Christians reject the cross of Jesus Christ? Should Christians reject the cross of Jesus Christ? Listen to Glenn Beck and it would be reasonable to think that the answe ...

The Fruit of the Spirit For Everyone, Not Just Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Kindness, gentleness, love, peace, joy. Would you be more likely to describe these character traits as "masculine" or "feminine"? Kindness, gentleness, love, p ...