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Commemorating 9/11, Commemorating Christ
Originally Posted: 09/12/2014 - 9:03am | Type: Blog

No longer gathering together out of unvarnished need for the divine presence, some of us gather now precisely to ascribe meaning to the unfathomable through the inextricable linking of nationalism with religio ...

U.S. Churches Feel Beat of Change: More Diversity, More Drums
Originally Posted: 09/11/2014 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

U.S. religious congregations are marching to their own drums now more than ever. The  National Congregations Study ‘s latest look at the country’s churches, synagogues and mosques — the third wave of  studies that began in 1998  —  finds more con ...

Failing to See God's Love
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

By church rules, you are entitled to a sabbatical, perhaps three months every seven years. But when you propose it, you hear what one pastor heard the other day... You are a pasto ...

VIDEO: “ReMoved”
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 11:06am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Follow the gripping story of a young girl taken from her home and placed into foster care. Every ...

175 Leaders Urge U.S. Support In Christianity's Historical Heartland; Egyptian Churches Not So Sure
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 10:26am | Type: Press

May 9, 2014 Sojo in the News Jayson Casper ...

The Struggles of Christian Parenting
Originally Posted: 05/07/2014 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

This is probably the hardest thing about Christian parenting: wanting our kids to actually live like Christ. Every mother and father know the struggles, frustrations, unrealistic ...

7 Things Churches No Longer Do (But Should)
Originally Posted: 02/21/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

Next time you’re at church, look at the prayer request lists are accessible to the congregation — 99 percent of them will be physical ailments. Then look at what’s missing: nobody will share about marital prob ...

Breast-Feeding on the Rise, but in Church, It’s Still an Issue
Originally Posted: 01/03/2014 - 12:22pm | Type: Blog

Breast-feeding advocates delighted in the pope’s acceptance of breast-feeding as a natural act appropriate in a sacred place. If it’s fine during a papal audience, then why not at the mall, the supermarket — o ...

Help! I Love Jesus but Hate Christianity!
Originally Posted: 01/03/2014 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

Sentiments of frustration are growing among many followers of Jesus who admire Christ but despise certain things associated with him. I love the grace, forgiveness, and love th ...

14 Things the Church Needs to Do in 2014
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 11:04am | Type: Blog

New Year's resolutions however are not just for people. I believe that there are 14 things that the church needs to do in 2014, if the church is to thrive, grow, and be relevant in the 21st century. ...

Foster Care Resources
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 11:17am | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill Resources that help address the modern-day "orphans in distress" in our midst. In ...

Time for Acknowledgement: Christian-Run Native American Boarding Schools Left Legacy of Destruction
Originally Posted: 12/16/2013 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

Church-run boarding schools taught Native American children to be ashamed of their identity. The Native American narrative remains largely unknown in U.S. majority culture. It is ...

Foster Care for a New Millennium
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Juliet Vedral Christians step up for modern-day "orphans in their distress." I WAS 7 years old when ...

Breaking the Habits of Machismo
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Michelle A. Gonzalez Some churches calling themselves Christian continue to act as if women are second-class citizens in the kingdom of G ...

'A Sower Went Out to Sow'
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Sara J. Wolcott In India, a church initiative helps promote sustainability and connect farmers with the dignity of their vocation. ...

Energy News: What’s Happening This Week
Originally Posted: 09/04/2013 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

Churches going solar, pro-coal school curricula, and more in this wrap-up. David vs. Goliath:  Residents in a Colorado city are fighting their local coal monopoly for the chanc ...

Global Churches Alliance for Bangladesh Garment Workers
Originally Posted: 08/26/2013 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

Mary Priniski wrote in Sojourners about churches responding in solidarity with garment workers, now a global alliance has formed. Mary Priniski wrote in the August 2013  Sojourne ...

Christians in Sudan Face Increased Hostility
Originally Posted: 07/16/2013 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

Despite a promise by the Sudanese government to grant its minority Christian population religious freedom, church leaders there said they are beset by increased restrictions and hostility in the wake of the So ...

Radical Welcome
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Wes Granberg-Michaelson As demographics shift and migration brings global Christianity to the church down the street, how will U.S. congr ...

Mourning for the Earth
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Katharine M. Preston To confront climate change, we may need to first deal with our grief. The most preciou ...

On Scripture: Resistance is Futile
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

For others with different theological and political perspectives, these decisions will be a difficult test, and they will struggle to accept them. I pray for their comfort and consolation. ...

Lifetree Cafes Offer Space for Tough Topics
Originally Posted: 06/07/2013 - 3:22pm | Type: Blog

On a recent Monday evening, a room inside Christ Community Church was transformed into a coffeehouse with fresh-brewed coffee, plenty of popped kettle corn and the thorny subject of racism on the table. ...

DC 127: Flipping the Foster Care Waitlist
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

The Washington, D.C.-based foster care initiative created by the District Church seeks to reverse the foster care waitlist in our nation’s capital, leaving parents waiting to foster the 3,000 children currentl ...

VIDEO: Malawi Activist on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 12:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors While many people continue to believe there is no climate crisis, those most affected by global warming—particularly in the global South—know otherwise. According to ...

'The impacts are quite severe on the ground'
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Victor Mughogho Victor Mughogho works with local churches in southeast A ...

No Time for Arm-Chair Activists
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Those who study together can also change together. Here are our recommendations for good books, videos, and online resources ...

For God So Loved the World
Originally Posted: 04/16/2013 - 11:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger What will it take to push back climate change? A Spirit-driven 'power shift' might be a key. ...

The Growing Wealth Gap
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Otis Moss III The heart of our faith calls us to attack poverty, the "cruel thief of dreams." IN AM ...

PHOTOS: Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 1:49pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors As Onleilove Alston reveals in “ Connecting the Dots ,” in the April 2013 issue of Sojourners magazine, Hurricane Sandy vividly demonstrated the relationship ...

Leaving Fantasy Island: A Call for the Church to Respond to Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

In my time in the capital, I have come to feel as though there are many arriving in Washington on the proverbial plane, escaping the realities of their hometowns, for the Fantasy Island in the beltway. ...

House Approves Disaster Relief to Religious Groups
Originally Posted: 02/14/2013 - 12:56pm | Type: Blog

The House Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a bill to allow places of worship to receive federal aid to repair their buildings damaged during Hurricane Sandy. The House Wednesday ...

Getting to Green
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Tobias Winright Sacred Acts: How Churches are Working to Protect Earth's Climate. New Society. IN THE FO ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 11:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Landing on a Hundred by Cody ChesnuTT / After Kony: Staging Hope by First Run Feature / Kind of Kin by Rilla Askew / The Las ...

In Newtown Churches, Many Questions — and Tears — But Few Answers
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:41am | Type: Blog

Dealing with the pain of the school shooting that claimed 28 lives will take faith, support, and joyous Christmas celebrations, church leaders said at the first Sunday services held since the tragedy. ...

Faith Groups Take On Payday Lenders
Originally Posted: 12/07/2012 - 6:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Religious groups are giving the payday lending industry a run for their money. Think your relat ...

Gathering Around the Peace Table
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 11:58am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels "We've been caught up in conflict and violence for so long." —Congolese pastor SE ...

What Can Churches Do?
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 4:36pm | Type: Magazine Article

Romal Tune Faith for Change seeks to support public education—without crossing the church-state divide. JUST ...

The Presumption of Equality
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Women still are forced to operate as second-class citizens in the church. EVER SINCE THE ap ...

Filmmaker Spike Lee Focuses on Faith in 'Red Hook Summer'
Originally Posted: 08/23/2012 - 4:57pm | Type: Blog

Spike Lee is not about to give up filmmaking but – at least for a moment or two – he sounded a bit like an expert on the challenges facing the church as he promoted his new movie Red Hook Summer. ...

Report: Number of Multisite Churches on the Increase
Originally Posted: 08/22/2012 - 9:26am | Type: Blog

The number of congregations that host worship services at more than one physical location has grown to more than 5,000 in the last decade, according to a new report. The number of ...

Poll: Religious Groups Divided on Gun Control, But United Against Guns in Churches
Originally Posted: 08/15/2012 - 3:42pm | Type: Blog

After the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colo., and a deadly shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., Americans are divided on gun control, and within certain religious groups, attitudes are far from a ...

Helping Churches Die Right
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

We have much invested in our communities of faith: in the facilities; the history; the relationship and the vision for what they could be. But these can’t stand in the way of living out the call to selflessly ...

Five Things You Should Know About Religious Violence in Nigeria
Originally Posted: 07/14/2012 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Ongoing violence in Nigeria has exacerbated tensions between the country's Muslims and Christians. Nigeria has equal numbers of Christians and Muslims, and 92 percent of the country's population says ...

Cutting Assistance Programs Undermines the Church's Work
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 6:25pm | Type: Blog

If we ignore the needy in our midst by getting rid of one huge way to address that need, we are not following Jesus’ example. On Wednesday, the House Agriculture Committee failed ...

Opening Doors and Liberating Churches From ‘Sacred Spaces’
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 5:13pm | Type: Blog

Although church conventions tend to get attention for decisions on sexuality and gender, I am more intrigued by a movement among Episcopalians to sell their national headquarters building in New York City. ...

A Catholic Nun, A Teenage Girl, and Climate Justice
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

Communities across the globe are being affected by the impacts of climate change, from food insecurity to extreme temperatures, but those with more resources are better able to adapt. Climate change is having ...

Christian Churches Together Chooses New Executive Director
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

Leaders of Christian Churches Together in the USA, a 10-year-old network aimed at promoting interchurch collaboration, have chosen a Presbyterian ecumenical associate as their new executive director. ...

Church Sign Epic Fails: Volume XX
Originally Posted: 07/01/2012 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry, but it’s true. We’re 20 weeks into the Church Sign Epic Fails series and going strong. I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry, but it’s true. W ...

New York City Churches Will No Longer Be Evicted from Public Buildings (For Now)
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

Sarah Pulliam Bailey at Christianity Today reports: More than 60 churches that faced possible eviction Sunday from New York City public schools should have more room to breathe. The churches will be allowed t ...

Being Pushy Is OK When You’re Pushing Back
Originally Posted: 06/20/2012 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

Imagine the moral authority that church leaders could exercise if they turned their eyes outward to a needy world, rather than endlessly surveying the insider crowd for what they want and are willing to pay fo ...