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This Advent, What Are You Waiting For?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | 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 - 8:35am | 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 - 8:35am | 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 - 8:35am | 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 - 8:35am | 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 - 8:35am | 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 - 11:51am | 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 - 8:35am | 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 - 4:40pm | 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 - 4:40pm | 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 - 4:40pm | 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 - 4:40pm | 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 - 8:34am | 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 - 8:34am | 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 - 4:40pm | 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 - 8:34am | 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 - 8:34am | 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 - 8:34am | 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 - 8:34am | 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 - 8:34am | 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 - 8:34am | 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 - 4:40pm | 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 - 8:34am | 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 - 8:34am | 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 - 8:34am | 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 - 8:34am | 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 - 8:34am | 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 - 8:34am | 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 - 4:40pm | 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 - 4:40pm | 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 - 4:40pm | 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 - 8:34am | 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 - 8:34am | 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 - 8:25pm | 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 - 8:34am | 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 - 8:34am | 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 - 8:34am | 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 - 8:34am | 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 - 8:34am | 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 ...

A Republican Pastor for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

My name is Rev. Gary Wiley, pastor of justice and care at Trinity Grace Church in New York City. I am an evangelical Christian. My name is Rev. Gary Wiley, pastor of justice and c ...

An Open Letter to Pastors: Our Nation Needs Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Dear Pastors,</p> Dear Pastors, This week, a group called NumbersUSA sent out a message to hundreds of thousands of Americans to ask them to please contact their pastor. ...

Controversy in Wisconsin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It was a nice invitation, not unlike many I've received before. It was a nice invitation, not unlike many I've received before. Every summer, a number of Christian mus ...

The Meaning Behind 'Saved Through Childbearing'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Certainly one of the most puzzling remarks in Paul's writings is found in 1 Timothy 2:15, "But <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/women/">women</a> will be saved through <a hr ...

The Beginning of Justice for Marcelo Lucero
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/10/07/stopping-anti-immigrant-violence-at-its-ideological-roots/">In November 2008, a Latino man, Marcelo Lucero, was stalked and murdered</a> on a stre ...

Everyone Needs to Read This
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100708-justice-amos.jpg"></a>Everyone needs to read this.</p> <p>Every Christian needs to read this.</p> <p>Every Chr ...

Am I Living the American Dream?
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 11:30am | Type: Blog

<em>We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.</em></p> We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal. ...

Why Christianity and July 4th are Incompatible
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I want to start out this post with two huge disclaimers: What I am about to write may sound radical or irrational to some. I want to start out this post with two huge disclaimers: ...

Calling the Church to Pray for the Gulf
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> "If we believe in God, then we have hope," said Maurice, a resident of Grand Bayou, Louisiana. Having just traveled 80 miles walking, ...

Fixing Immigration: President Obama's Speech
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100524_100501-0007-immigration-rally.jpg"></a>President Obama is getting no respite from contentious issues. Today, speaking at American Univ ...

Calling People to Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Several months ago, I was invited to speak at </em><a href="http://www.lifest.com/"><em>Lifest</em></a><em>, a Christian festival in Wisconsin with more ...