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Escaping from Real Communism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> I have lived in Decorah, Iowa, for 25 years. I graduated from th ...

What the Heck is 'Social Justice'?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Today I was interviewed by a sociology student who wanted to know more about "social justice." I was happy to talk to her. Today I was interviewed by a sociology student ...

Healing the Nation's Soul with Mutual Respect
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The health-care struggle culminating in Sunday's vote brought out the best and the worst of legislators' and citizens' behavior. The health-care struggle culminatin ...

'What Has Helped Me the Most is My Faith'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Alvaro was forced to leave his wife and three children behind in ...

Vatican II 101: Social Justice is Part of Catholic Identity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

Writer James Carroll, in his recent book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0547336268?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;cre ...

'Jim Wallis Loves His Enemies' (With a Little Help From His Friends)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

When a Fox News pundit who has helped force the resignation of White House advisers is promising he'll be <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/15/in-spite-of-glenn-becks-new-threats-my-invitation ...

Jesus-Focused Conversations in Occupied Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598797936_nbwfz"></a>I arrived in Bethlehem last Sunday evening to speak at a conferenc ...

We All Share Responsibility for Going to War -- and for Stopping It
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Christian-Peace-Witness-for/7990927_btnkC#519468687_JHFYM"></a>A comment on <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2 ...

'My Prayers Were Heard'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p>An immigrant woman's testimony, as told to Juan Daniel Espitia, a pastor in Solana Beach, C ...

Walking Prophetically: Marching as a Form of Worship
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530360477_v2ewK"></a>This Sunday like tens of thousands of Americans I' ...

Universal Health Care Can Reduce Abortion
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594202346?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1594202346">&l ...

Four Steps to Save the Souls of Big Banks
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> The biggest banks have an ethical obligation to hel ...

The Family Research Council, Wolves, and Shepherds' Clothing
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>In a recent Family Research Council e-mail, in an article titled, "Rev. Wallis: Wolf in Shepard's [sic] Clothing?" Tony Perkins aligned himself with Fox News commentator <a href=&quo ...

Love Glenn Beck as You Would Love Yourself
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

I haven't heard Glenn Beck's call to "run away" from churches that teach social justice. I haven't heard Glenn Beck's call to "run away" f ...

In Spite of Glenn Beck's New Threats, My Invitation to Dialogue Stands
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

Last week, when radio and television talk show host Glenn Beck said that <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/11/glenn-beck-responds-social-justice-is-a-perversion-of-the-gospel/">social justi ...

Inspired by Haitians Rebuilding Haiti
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>First of all, I have several pictures below I'd love to share with you from my recent trip to Haiti. It's surreal to me that a week ago, I was in Haiti -- hosted by the good folks at <a ...

Video: Jim Wallis Talks about Glenn Beck and Social Justice on MSNBC
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p> Plus, here are some links to additional coverage in <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/03/12/beck.boycott/index.html">CNN</a>, <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/vi ...

A Pastor's Testimony of Redemption May End in Deportation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p>Pastor Walter is experiencing firsthand the effects of a broken immigration system. Walter migra ...

Glenn Beck Responds: Social Justice 'Is a Perversion of the Gospel'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

BREAKING UPDATE: <a href="http://go.sojo.net/campaign/glennbeck_socialjustice">Our message to Glenn Beck is getting through.</a> This morning on his radio show he responded to <a href= ...

How Obama's Faith Council Worked: Six Points of Consensus
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As some of you may know, I served on President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships for year one of his administration. Our one-year term is almost up, and yester ...

Two Words for Glenn Beck, Five Thoughts for the Church
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>By now, most of you have heard the brouhaha regarding what Glenn Beck said on his radio and TV show recently:</p> By now, most of you have heard the brouhaha rega ...

Tell Glenn Beck: I'm a Social Justice Christian
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

Glenn Beck says Christians should leave churches that use the word "social justice." He says social justice is a code word for communism and Nazism.</p> Glenn Beck ...

A Torture Apologist's Flawed Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

The <em>Washington Post </em>has a new op-ed page writer drawing scrutiny for his hearty endorsement of "enhanced interrogation," which translated from Orwellian into English means tortur ...

By Fearing Churches that Speak out for Social Justice, Glenn Beck Fears the Gospel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

In a recent show, Glenn Beck told his listeners to watch out for churches that use the term "social justice," or "economic justice." He thinks that those terms are code words that will lead ...

A Pastor's Response to Glenn Beck's Call to Leave 'Social Justice' Churches
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Recently Glenn Beck made <a href="http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/03/08/glenn-beck-urges-listeners-to-leave-churches-that-preach-social/">some comments</a> about leaving a chur ...

Maybe It's Not Supposed to Feel Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

I wanted to share a bit with my blog community about the ongoing tension of balance, priorities, schedules, focus, goals, etc. I wanted to share a bit with my blog community about ...

A Disturbing Question and a Determined Conviction on the Treatment of Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

At the urging of one of <a href="http://www.ebcla.org">EBCLA's</a> deacons, I began reading <em>NY Times</em> bestseller <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/ ...

What Does the Civil Rights Movement Have to Do With Me?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

This weekend I have the privilege of representing <a href="http://www.sojo.net/magazine"><em>Sojourners</em> magazine</a> at the annual <a title="Faith and Politics In ...

Committed: Family Values from Eat, Pray, Love Author Elizabeth Gilbert
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.elizabethgilbert.com/"></a><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0670021652?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp ...

Rebuilding Hope by Hiring Haitians
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It was just over a month ago that the earthquake devastated Haiti, an impoverished place ill equipped to deal with the disaster. Since then emergency crews, including hundreds of doctors, nurses, and ...

My Alter Ego
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

I have a fantasy persona. There are only select times that I'm tempted to bring it out: on an airplane, out with friends on a Friday night, on vacation, at the dentist. I hav ...

Why did God Create Women?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>In <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307267148?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0307267148"> ...

Mixed Victory: A Better Poverty Measure Counts More as Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

Eight million more Americans are now in poverty. Well Eight million more Americans are now in poverty. Well Reduce poverty, yes! But how? Reduce poverty, yes! But how? Do ...

What I Learned From the-Gasp!-Word of Faith Movement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

Perhaps you've heard of them. Perhaps you've heard of them. Televangelists with bouffant hairstyles and Rolex watches saying send me a dollar and God will give you a hun ...

So I'm a Heretic
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0385504225?ie=UTF8&amp;amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;amp;linkCode=as2&amp;amp;camp=1789&amp;amp;creative=390957&amp;amp;creativeASIN=03 ...

Green Your Church
Originally Posted: 04/28/2011 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg The award-winning environmental ministry of Haygood United Methodist Church in Atlanta got started in 2007, when the cl ...

Films to Help Green Your Church
Originally Posted: 04/28/2011 - 10:47am | Type: Magazine Article

Paul Burks Willa Paton-Smith Both churches described in the March 2010 article, How To… ...

Beauty and Ugliness in a Shooting's Aftermath
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Something sort of mystical and magical happened after a 19-year-old kid named Papito was killed on our block a few weeks ago. As our neighborhood ached and grieved and cried with his family, we began ...

Black History Month Syndrome
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://edwardg.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/black-history-month278x2001.jpg"></a>I've kind of avoided the topic of Black History Month this year until now, almost th ...

Change Your Pew, Change Your Perspective
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

When my usual pew was filled, I was almost panic-stricken as the usher led me to a different section of the church. Little did I know, I needed a change in perspective.</p> ...

Professional Women and Impostor Syndrome
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I knew I was dreaming when Michelle Obama sat down across from me. I was wearing a formal dress sitting on one of the tall bar stools at our local pub, in the quiet back corner near the dartboard. ...

Healing Presence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

During the past two years, I've traveled internationally quite extensively, focused on issues related to extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, and war. During the ...

Christian Heroes in Black History
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0764205560?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0764205560">&l ...

Palestinian Christians, Israeli Allies, and Nonviolent Resistance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598662228_VWVrR"></a> <a href="http://ncronline.org/news/justice/palestinian-ch ...

So Dang Jesus-y: Sara Miles' Jesus Freak
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

<em>In <a href="http://whyismarko.com/2010/jesus-freak">Mark Oestreicher's review</a> of <a href="http://www.saramiles.net">Sara Miles'</a> latest bo ...

J Street: Pro-Peace = Pro-Israel
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598862440_oYtxc"></a>Often when Sojourners addresses issues relating to Israel and Pale ...

From Fat Tuesday to a Veggie Lent
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It's Fat Tuesday. The height of the Mardi Gras celebration. The pinnacle of Carnaval. The time of year when religious and non-religious types alike trek to places like New Orleans and Rio de Jane ...

What if the Church were Christian?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061698768?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0061698768">&l ...

Success, Seminars, and Salvation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> Ever since the crash of 2008, I've found mysel ...

Not Your Typical Valentine's Day-Type Love
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This week my friend Sara reminded me that the really amazing thing about 1 Corinthians 13 is that even hundreds of thousands of schlocky wedding and inspirational posters and bad Christian coffee mug ...